This past weekend we concluded our series, “One: The Being of God in the Life of the Church,” at Eastbrook Church. To bring this great exploration of unity to a close, I traced the movement from the Tower of Babel in Genesis 11:1-9 to the heavenly vision in Revelation 7:9-10. In one sense this is a contrast between humanity divided and humanity united.
You can view the message video and outline below. You can follow along with the entire series here and the devotional that accompanies the series here. You could always join us for weekend worship in-person or remotely via Eastbrook at Home.
“After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb.” (Revelation 7:9-10)
Humanity Divided (Genesis 11:1-9)
- Human assertion against God
- God’s confusion upon humanity
Humanity United (Revelation 7:9-10)
- The gathering of the saints in the new heaven and the new earth
- The contrast with Babel’s division centered on humanity
- Here true unity is centered on God
- The Great Multitude Before God
- Unified before God: standing together, adorned similarly, crying out as one
- Identifiable difference: every nation, tribe, people, and language
Moving Toward a Unified Arrival (Colossians 3:1-17)
- Our focus on Christ and things above (3:1-4)
- Take off the old self (3:5-11)
- Put on the new self (3:12-17)
This week dig deeper into Revelation 7:9-10 in one or more of the following ways:
- Memorize Revelation 7:9-10 or Colossians 3:12-14
- Read Genesis 11:1-9 – the story of the Tower of Babel – and consider what was going on here. What do you think was at work within the hearts of humanity in this story? How does this story echo the story of Adam and Eve in Genesis 3?
- If you want to dive deeper into Revelation 7:9-10, consider listening to or watching another preaching series from Eastbrook called “Becoming 7.”
- Continue with our season of prayer and fasting. Find more info here.