Grace Community Church

Making a name and a god for ourselves!

Given on June 10, 2018 by Brett Helvie
Scripture: Genesis 10:1-11:9
Sermon Series: Beginnings

Nimrod was the power behind the formation of the Babylonian empire and the false religious systems that oppose the kingdom of God throughout the entire Bible ~culminating in the rebellious “Great Babylon” of Rev. 17-18. If you look at Gen. 11:1-4, how would you describe the philosophy or worldview of the Babel tower builders? Where do you see that philosophy of life evident today?

In what ways do people and nations seek to “make a name for themselves” in our world? Are you building any “towers” to your own glory in your life right now?
How can we tell if we are building something for our glory or for God’s glory?

Most of us live with the tension of desiring to be humble but also craving the recognition and approval of others. What have you found helpful in your struggle to seek His glory more than your own? Spend some time meditating on Isa. 40:9-31

The people ignored God’s command to “fill the earth” (Gen. 9:1) and instead sought to build a city for themselves so they would not be “scattered” over the earth. What are the “benefits” of living in a city? How has your desire for earthly security impacted your willingness to follow and obey Jesus? Is there any “safe city” that God is calling you to leave in order to fully obey and follow him?