October 11, 2015
First Baptist Church
What’s the number one thing?
The Glory of God!
1 Corinthians 10:31 NKJV
31 Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of
October Memory Verse:
Colossians 3:14 NIV
And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect
Please Pray For
The Pastor Search Committee
Ross Aven Rodney DePriest
Laurel Ditto Susan Lindsay
Chris Maddux Joe Young
Paul Moak, Jr. (Chairman)
French Camp Academy
Date Time Opponent/Location/Score
10/16 7:00pm Noxapater
10/23 7:30pm @ Durant
10/30 7:00pm Ethel (Ethel, MS)
Lee Thigpen, the FBJ Community Director, challenged every adult Sunday
School class to be engaged in one service project in Metro Jackson before we
celebrate Global Missions Week November 6-8, 2015.
Lee has complied Service Project Opportunities that we as a Sunday School
class can connect with.
We may contact Lee Thigpen at 601-949-1932 or email@example.com to discuss
areas of service.
Share your faith with one person each month and build a relationship with them,
so they will become a believer in 2015 as God uses you to plant seeds with that
How have you seen God at work during the week?
When God Calls
October 18, 2015
First Baptist Church
Genesis 11:31-32 NKJV
31 And Terah took his son Abram and his grandson Lot, the son of Haran, and his
daughter-in-law Sarai, his son Abram’s wife, and they went out with them from Ur
of the Chaldeans to go to the land of Canaan; and they came to Haran and
dwelt there. 32 So the days of Terah were two hundred and five years, and Terah
died in Haran.
Genesis 11:31-32 NKJV
Acts 7:2-4 NKJV
2 And he said, “Brethren and fathers, listen: The God of glory appeared to our
father Abraham when he was in Mesopotamia, before he dwelt in Haran, 3 and
said to him, ‘Get out of your country and from your relatives, and come to a land
that I will show you.’ 4 Then he came out of the land of the Chaldeans and dwelt
in Haran. And from there, when his father (Terah means delay) was dead, He
moved him to this land in which you now dwell.
Acts 7:2-4 NKJV
Galatians 3:8 NKJV
8 And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith,
preached the Gospel to Abraham beforehand, saying, “In you all the nations
shall be blessed.”
Genesis 15:5-6 NKJV
5 Then He (God) brought him (Abram) outside and said, “Look now toward
Heaven, and count the stars if you are able to number them.” And He said to
him, “So shall your descendants be.”
6 And he believed in the Lord, and He accounted it to him for righteousness.
Genesis 15:5-6 NKJV
The Tower of Babel
Genesis 10:32 NKJV
32 This is the family tree of the sons of Noah as they developed into nations. From
them nations developed all across the Earth after the flood.
Genesis 11:1-9 NKJV
1Now the whole earth had one language and one speech. 2 And it came to pass,
as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar,
and they dwelt there. 3 Then they said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks
and bake them thoroughly.” They had brick for stone, and they had asphalt for
mortar. 4 And they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose
top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered
abroad over the face of the whole earth.”
5 But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men
had built. 6 And the Lord said, “Indeed the people are one and they all have one
language, and this is what they begin to do; now nothing that they propose to
do will be withheld from them. 7 Come, let Us go down and there confuse their
language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.” 8 So the Lord
scattered them abroad from there over the face of all the earth, and they
ceased building the city. 9 Therefore its name is called Babel, because there the
Lord confused the language of all the earth; and from there the Lord scattered
them abroad over the face of all the earth.
Genesis 11:1-9 NKJV
Genesis 9:1 NKJV
1 So God blessed Noah and his sons, and said to them: “Be fruitful and multiply,
and fill (replenish) the earth.”
Genesis 9:7 NKJV
7 And as for you, be fruitful and multiply;
Bring forth abundantly in the earth
And multiply in it.”
Genesis chapters 1-11 are a preface to the entire Old Testament.
Genesis 11:1 NKJV
1Now the whole earth had one language and one speech.
See Zephaniah 3:9…
Zephaniah 3:9 NKJV
9 “For then I will restore to the peoples a pure language,
That they all may call on the name of the Lord,
To serve Him with one accord.
Genesis 11:2 NKJV
2 And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in
the land of Shinar, and they dwelt there.
The name Shinar occurs eight times in the Bible, in which it refers to Babylonia
• After the Flood, the sons of Shem, Ham, and Japheth, had stayed first in
the highlands around Mount Ararat, and then migrated east to Shinar.
Mount Ararat (Turkey)
Genesis 11:3 NKJV
3 Then they said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks and bake them
thoroughly.” They had brick for stone, and they had asphalt (bitumen, pitch) for
Where there is asphalt there is oil and that becomes very significant later in the
history of the world.
Genesis 11:4 NKJV
4 And they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in
the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad
over the face of the whole earth.”
A tower with a top which is in the heavens.
This is a spiritual rebellion against God.
The Tower of Babel
Sid Roth’s interview with Jonathan Cahn
The Mystery of the Towers
• The Bible word for tower is "migdal".
• It comes from the Hebrew word "gadal,” which means greatness.
• So there's a link between towers being built and greatness, a nation's
greatness or it's pride, it's glory!
The rising of the highest towers in the world actually mark the rising of nations
During the Middle Ages the highest towers were in Europe, the center of power
But a change took place in about 1870 and the greatest tower rises up in a new
land – the USA.
The next year, America becomes the strongest economic power on Earth.
The mantel went from Great Britain to America and the rise of the tower actually
From then on, America built the highest towers on Earth as its power kept
growing and growing.
There is also a link with the Shemitah.
• In 1945 (a Shemitah year), at the end of the Second World War and at the
height of American power, there's a plan to build a new tower that's going
to represent America's greatness.
It was the plan to build the World Trade Center.
They started building it in 1966 (a Shemitah year) and construction was
completed in another Shemitah year – 1973.
Then finally, on September 11, 2001, the World Trade Center was destroyed in the
year of the Shemitah.
The building of a tower is about rising; the Shemitah is about falling – Shemitah
actually means "let it fall".
The tower is about the glory of man, the Shemitah is about humbling the pride of
man or the pride of a nation.
The Shemitah wipes out accounts that are built up and it also wipes out realities
that are built up.
The collapse of the tower also caused the collapse of Wall Street in 2001.
• The prophetic thing with this link is that if the rise of a tower speaks of the
rise of a nation, the fall of a tower speak of a warning of the future of
How many warnings do we get before judgment comes?
Isaiah 9:10 NKJV
10 “The bricks have fallen down,
But we will rebuild with hewn stones;
The sycamores are cut down,
But we will replace them with cedars.”
There is a tower going up right now at Ground Zero, which is a harbinger and it is
linked to our defiance.
• The tower that's rising now was conceived in the year of the Shemitah - a
defiance that was made on Capitol Hill.
One World Trade Center
Location of today’s tallest buildings:
United Arab Emirates
The Shemitah gives the key about when nations rise and fall, and that has to do
with present day America.
Shemitah actually can be taken as a shaking or falling, or collapsing.
In 1917, the year of the Shemitah, you have a collapse on Wall Street but you
also have a shaking of the nations called the First World War.
• The Shemitah is about collapsing & in that war you have the collapse of
powers, the collapse of four empires.
The German empire, the Hungarian, the Russian, the Ottoman all collapse in the
year linked to the Shemitah.
It is also linked to the rise of nations - 1917 is the year that began America's rise
power on the world stage.
If you take four Shemitahs later, which is 28 years ("4" in the Bible is the number
of kingdoms), it takes you to 1945, the year of another global cataclysm.
• The shaking of the world again - World War II.
Hitler's attacks began in 1938 - that was the year of the Shemitah - and then
seven years later the war is over.
• Unleashed on the world in 1945 is the greatest power of wiping out ever,
the atomic, nuclear warfare came at the end of World War II.
This launches America as the super power of the world but if you go four
Shemitahs later, 28 years, it gets you to 1973, the year America decided to
legalize the killing of unborn children, the same sin ancient Israel was judged for
That same year is the year America lost its first war - Vietnam collapsed on the
same day, August 15, that America won the war before in the previous
Shemitah. (August 15, 1945) World War II: Japan surrenders to end the war.
A great shaking is coming to America - a great warning - and it is God's mercy
because without a great shaking, there can be no revival.
• God's heart is revival and we have to be ready - anything that can be
shaken will be shaken.
“let us make a name for ourselves”
They didn’t want to be scattered like God commanded them to do.
They did not just want to get together, they wanted to sin.
They did multiply but they did not fill the earth (scatter) as the second half of
God’s commandment had told them to do.
• They clearly did not want to obey God's command to fill the earth - they
wanted to remain together.
People cannot thwart God's plan - He will do what He sets out to do.
God confused their language so they could not understand each other, and He
scattered them over the face of the whole earth.
God's will was still accomplished, but it would have been much easier on the
people if they had listened to God and obeyed Him.
Delayed obedience or partial obedience is disobedience.
• It is not up to us to pick and choose the part of God's instructions we want
• God sees the big picture and works everything together for good.
He is worthy of our full obedience.
At first glance, it may not seem like a sin to build a tower, but God always sees
the hearts of men.
1 Chronicles 28:9 tells us, "The Lord searches every heart and understands every
motive behind the thoughts."
• Look at the motive behind their plan.
• Count the times they refer to themselves in Genesis 11:4: they said,
"Come, let us build for ourselves a city, and a tower whose top will reach
into heaven, and let us make for ourselves a name, otherwise we will be
scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth."
Not one time do they mention God.
• They do not consider His will or His glory, nor do they even ask for His help.
• They had their own plan and it seemed good to them, and they set out to
What does God say about this attitude?
7 Don’t be wise in your own eyes.
Have respect for the Lord and avoid evil.
The Bible tells us that the leader of Babylon was Noah's great-grandson, Nimrod
He was a mighty warrior in defiance of the LORD and his name means "rebellion,
let us revolt, we will rebel.”
Rebellion was a major factor in the building of this city and tower.
The people wanted to make a name for themselves - to glorify themselves.
• It had been only three generations since God revealed His incredible
power by engulfing the earth with water, and these very people were
spared through the line of Noah.
God was actually saving the people from themselves by confusing their
language and scattering them.
The phrase, "They have begun to do this," in Genesis 11:6 means to defile
oneself, to pollute, to desecrate.
It comes from the root word that means to begin to make oneself sick or weak.
• Their plan to make a name for themselves was self-destructive.
• We can never have peace and joy when we are the center of life.
“Bring back everyone who belongs to Me. I created them to bring glory to Me. I
formed them and made them.”
God created each of us for His glory, not our own.
That means we were made to know Him, to worship Him, and to praise Him.
God created each of the men who built the tower of Babel, and He knew they
would not find the peace and joy they were looking for by building a city
dedicated to themselves.
God, in His wisdom, knew they would only be satisfied when they were seeking
to praise and worship Him.
It was an act of mercy to scatter them.
There is no joy apart from God.
Have you been focused on yourself, trying to make yourself happy?
While you may find things to make you happy for a short time, you will not have
lasting inner joy.
But, ironically, if you are willing to turn away from selfish ambitions and focus on
God, you will truly find joy.
This is a deep abiding joy that will be with you during even the most difficult
The people of Babylon were disobedient and had wrong motives.
So what does obedience and right motives look like?
God commands His children to obey Him (Leviticus 18:4), and He promises to
pour blessings on those who obey His commands (Deuteronomy 28:1-14).
Why is obedience so important to God?
Obedience protects us.
God knows our future and He wants what is best for us (Jeremiah 29:11).
Also, our obedience draws others to God (2 Corinthians 9:13).
Perhaps more than any other reason, God demands obedience because it is an
outward show of our faith - faith that God is good, faith that God is all-knowing
and all-powerful, and faith that God can be trusted.
Romans 1:5 tells us that, "Obedience comes from faith."
Hebrews 11:6 says, "Without faith it is impossible to please God." (NIV)
Faith means "to trust or believe."
Adam and Eve did not trust that God wanted what was best for them, so they did
not obey Him.
Instead they trusted the serpent, and sin and death entered the world (Romans
Noah trusted that God could and would do what He said, so Noah obeyed God
and his obedience saved his own life, the lives of His family, and the entire
If a stranger came up to you and told you to drop everything and come with
him, you would not do it.
You do not know him, and you do not trust him - and rightly so!
But if your parents ran up to you with a worried look and told you to drop
everything and come immediately, you would do it.
You know your parents love you.
You have faith in their judgement, and you trust that they want what is best for
You would do what they asked because you trust them and God requires the
same from us.
“Then they would put their trust in God. They would not forget what He had
done. They would obey His commands.”
If you have trouble obeying God, more than likely you do not fully trust Him.
You cannot trust someone whom you do not know so spend time in His Word
and in prayer, so that your trust will be firmly planted in Him.
God commanded them to multiply and to fill the Earth.
If someone offered to give you one million dollars, or offered to give you one
penny, but would double your money every day for a month, which would you
You should take the penny.
In 31 days time, you would have well over ten million dollars ($10,737,418.20)!
That is the principle of multiplying.
Why does God tell Noah and his sons to be fruitful and multiply?
Why does God repeat this command so many times in Scripture?
God wants His people to produce Godly offspring but there is another principle
at work as well.
We who are Christians should be fruitful - multiplying the numbers of believers (1
What happens if we don't?
God is not content to see all His believers huddled together enjoying each
other's company while there are people who sit in darkness without His truth.
We see in Acts that God allowed the scattering of the believers for just such a
The last words Jesus spoke on earth before returning to Heaven were recorded
in Acts 1:8, "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and
you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the
ends of the earth."
Jesus commanded His followers to be witnesses - tellers of the truth - throughout
• Notice what happened in Acts chapter 8: On that day, a great
persecution broke out against the church at Jerusalem, and all except the
apostles were scattered throughout Judea and Samaria. Those who had
been scattered preached the word wherever they went. - Acts 8:1, 4
God allowed a great persecution of the believers.
• He could have stopped those who were hunting down and harming the
early Christians, but He allowed it because it caused the believers to be
This was how the early church spread throughout the world, thus fulfilling God's
• Consider your own walk.
• If you are a follower of Christ, are you remaining huddled with other
believers at all times?
Are you purposely seeking opportunities to reach people who do not know the
truth of God's forgiveness and salvation?
If you shared the truth of the Bible with just one friend in one month, then the next
month you and that person each told one person, and so on, how many months
would it take for millions to hear the truth?
(Hint: 1 x 2, x 2, x 2,...)
It is the same multiplication principle as the penny (10,737,418.20 souls).
One out of 4 people you share the Gospel with may become a disciple – those
are Biblical odds (the parable of the soils).
The Plan of Hope & Salvation
John 3:16 NKJV
16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever
believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
John 14:6 NKJV
6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the
Father except through Me.”
Romans 3:23 NKJV
23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
Romans 6:23a NKJV
23a For the wages of sin is death,
Death in this life (the first death) is 100%.
Even Jesus, the only one who doesn’t deserve death, died in this life to
pay the penalty for our sins.
The death referred to in Romans 6:23a is the second death explained in
Revelation 21:8 NKJV
8 “But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral,
sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with
fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”
Romans 5:8 NKJV
8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners,
Christ died for us.
Romans 6:23b NKJV
23b but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Revelation 21:7 NKJV
7 “He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be
Romans 10:9-10 explains to us how to be saved.
Romans 10:9-10 NKJV
9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that
God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one
believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto
Romans 10:13 NKJV
13 For “whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.”
If you have questions or would like to know more, please, contact First Baptist
Church Jackson at 601-949-1900 or http://firstbaptistjackson.org/contact/