Crossroads: Never Again

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Genesis 9:8-17

My Story

How many times have we said “never again?” I’ll never eat there again. I won’t eat THAT again. I’ll never lie again. I’ll never go there again. I’ll never stay there again. We tend to say “never again” a lot. When I was in the first grade, we had a fire drill. We weren’t supposed to talk during fire drills. But I had a hard time keeping my mouth shut when I was in the first grade, and so even though I wasn’t supposed to, I talked. And my teacher heard me. When I got home, my mom asked about the fire drill and if I talked. I lied and said that I didn’t. Of course, my mom had heard the truth from my teacher and I got in trouble. After that, I said that I would never lie again. More than twenty years have passed since that time, and while I would like to say that I’ve never lied again, I would be lying. Most of the time we don’t really mean it when we say “never again.” There are exceptions, of course. But generally speaking, we will most likely do whatever it was again.

Your Story

Have you ever said “never again?” Talk about a time when you said that as well as whether or not you kept it (make sure it’s age appropriate and appropriate for your children).

The Bible Story

Read Genesis 9:8-17. The Message: Then God spoke to Noah and his sons: “I’m setting up my covenant with you including your children who will come after you, along with everything alive around you—birds, farm animals, wild animals—that came out of the ship with you. I’m setting up my covenant with you that never again will everything living be destroyed by floodwaters; no, never again will a flood destroy the Earth.” God continued, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and everything living around you and everyone living after you. I’m putting my rainbow in the clouds, a sign of the covenant between me and the Earth. From now on, when I form a cloud over the Earth and the rainbow appears in the cloud, I’ll remember my covenant between me and you and everything living, that never again will floodwaters destroy all life. When the rainbow appears in the cloud, I’ll see it and remember the eternal covenant between God and everything living, every last living creature on Earth.” And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant that I’ve set up between me and everything living on the Earth.”

When we say never again, we usually don’t mean it. But thankfully, God does. In these Bible verses, God promises Noah that He will never again destroy the earth with a flood. There are times when floods happen and they can be scary things. But we can rest in God’s promise to never again destroy the earth with one.

Discussion

• Is there something your kids have vowed to never eat again or to never do again? Talk about times when they have said “never again.”
• Talk about how we can trust God’s promise (we know it to be true because God is perfect and never lies, nor does He ever break a promise)
• A rainbow is a reminder of God’s promise. Are there other things in your life that remind you of God’s promises?

Prayer

• Thank God for His promise to never again flood the entire earth. Ask God to help you trust His promises.

Jessica Asbell is currently serving as the Minister to Children at First Baptist Church of Roswell, GA. She has worked with children in various capacities at several churches, including Winter Park Baptist in Wilmington, NC, First Baptist of Decatur, GA, and Highland Hills Baptist in Macon, GA. She has a Master of Divinity from McAfee School of Theology and a BBA from Mercer University. In her spare time she loves to read, watch movies, and of course spend time with her sweet kitty, Lucy.

Kevin Head began serving as Minister to Young Families at First Baptist Roswell, Georgia, in February 2012. He has pastored three churches in Kentucky and more recently served as Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church, Lumberton, North Carolina. In 2007, Kevin and his wife, Amy, began a ministry-based counseling practice called New Perspectives for Life in East Cobb, Georgia. He is a graduate of Furman University (B.A.) and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Ph.D., M.Div.) in Louisville, Kentucky. Kevin was ordained by the First Baptist Church of Belvedere, South Carolina. His model of ministry is based on John 8 and the amazing, continual grace of Jesus Christ. Kevin and Amy have two children, Jenna and Joshua.

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