Last week at the end of the sermon we handed out a nail on a string to each person in attendance. The point of this exercise was for each person to hang the nail somewhere to remind them that “You Are God’s Building”, from 1 Corinthians 3:9. If you received one of the nails, where did you hang your nail, and why did you choose that place?
The account of the building of the Tower of Babel in Genesis 11 doesn’t give a clear explanation of what God found objectionable about it. God’s words are that if the tower was built, “nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them,” which doesn’t really provide a clear explanation of the sin. I suggested that based on the reason given in v4 for building the tower that the main problem was one of pride and leaving God out of their plans. Are there other issues that God may have objected to in the building of the tower?
The sermon this week took a small detour to discuss the relationship between temptation and sin. Based on Hebrews 4:15 I argued that it’s okay and normal to have longing thoughts about sin, that’s temptation. The problem occurs when we dwell on those thoughts or act upon the thoughts, that’s when sin occurs. Do you agree or disagree with this distinction? Why might some people feel uncomfortable with this distinction?
Other possible sermon themes from this text include:
- God’s love for all nations, (and how it relates to the call of Abram).
- The first 11 chapters of Genesis demonstrate a cycle of sin and punishment. In most cases the punishment is accompanied by grace, but not at Babel.
Songs & Scripture
I’m thinking that appropriate songs would focus on humility and resisting temptation. Which songs come to mind for you?
- I Am Resolved
- Yield Not to Temptation (SOC, SFP)
- Stand Up Stand Up for Jesus
- Humble Yourself in the Sight of the Lord (SFP)
- Lord, Take My Life (Zoe Group from 2001 album Deep Calls to Deep)
- Lord, I Give You My Heart (Hillsong on the 1996 album God Is In The House)
- Had It Not Been the Lord
- We Fall Down (Chris Tomlin from the 1998 album Authentic)
- The Basin and The Towel (Michael Card from the 1994 album Poiema)