Noah, The Gospel, and Hell

Paula Hendricks

Paula Hendricks | 06.23.11
Twitter: @PaulaWrites678


“Noah and The Flood: The Gospel in the Old Testament”

Today I want to share several videos with you. If I could, I’d make some homemade caramel popcorn for you to munch on as you watch (my personal movie tradition) . . .

In honor of Nancy Leigh DeMoss’ new radio series today on Noah and the Flood: The Gospel in the Old Testament, one of the videos is on Noah, and most are on the Gospel. First, though, here’s a taste of Nancy’s teaching:

  • The ark saved Noah and his family from judgment. So Christ, our ark, saves us from the judgment of God as we believe Him.
  • The God of the Old Testament has not changed. The only thing that separates the OT from the NT is the cross of Jesus Christ that makes provision for us to be rescued from the wrath of God.
  • When you read about the judgment of God in the Scripture, it’s always paired with salvation. What are you going to be saved from? The judgment of God. And what does the judgment of God do? It promotes the possibility and the promise of salvation.

It’s Movie Time!

Mary Margaret’s Monologue
Do you remember the young girl who told the story of Jonah? Here she is again, this time telling the story of Noah.

Janet Parshall on God’s Love for You

Janet Parshall recounts the good news—God loves you absolutely and completely, and sent His only Son, Jesus, to pay the price of your sin.  

Pastor John Piper on “What Is the Gospel”
Pastor Piper says we often don’t take the Gospel far enough. The Gospel is not just about easing my guilty conscience and forgiving my sins. The ultimate end is God. He is our treasure! As 1 Peter 3:18 puts it, “Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God” (emphasis added). 

Watch his video right here.

Francis Chan on Hell

I love Francis Chan’s humble attitude in this video. He teaches me a lot about what my posture should be when telling others about the sobering reality of . . . well, hell. I especially loved his powerful question based on Isaiah 55:8-9:  

“Have you ever even considered the possibility that maybe the Creator’s sense of justice is actually more developed than yours?”


Tim Keller on Preaching the Gospel to Yourself
Finally, here’s some audio (sorry, no video on this one) of an interview Dr. Bryan Chapell did with Pastor Tim Keller. If you click seven minutes into the video, you’ll hear Dr. Chapell ask Pastor Keller how he preaches the Gospel to himself every day. His answer:

“I always pray in the morning, ‘Lord make me happy enough in the grace of Jesus to avoid being proud, cold, scared, and hooked.’”

Hear more right here.


  1. I think the link to the Francis Chan video is missing. I looked it up and it is humbling.
    posted by Cindy
    on Thursday, June 23, 2011 at 8:35 am
  2. Thanks, Cindy! It's back up now. :)
    posted by Paula Hendricks
    on Thursday, June 23, 2011 at 10:23 am
  3. Paula, I couldn't get the Piper video to work from my iPod touch... Not sure if there is a fix for that but thought you folks might like to know!

    Thank you so much for the Janet Parchel and Francis Chan video's!!!! I have a friend whom I've wanted to reach with the gospel for SO long and I think these may really open her up, open her eyes. I've had one other very good talk with her but always worry that it fell on deaf ears. She is moving very soon. I've been heart broken about it because we've drifted so far apart. Long story long, I have hope that through this medium I'll have this one last opportunity. Thanks!!!!!!!

    Please pray that i'll have the courage to do at least this much. I want to invite her out to say goodbye but am afraid she'll make excuses not to go, so my fear and pride are getting in my way.

    posted by J
    on Thursday, June 23, 2011 at 11:50 am
  4. Dear J,

    Can I encourage you to reconsider and go ahead and ask your friend out before she moves? Trust me—I know only too well the insecurity and fear you feel. Chances are she, too, feels insecure. While you’re thinking she wouldn't want to go out with you, she’s probably thinking you wouldn’t want to get together with her!

    I wouldn’t be at all surprised if the Holy Spirit in you has given you the desire to get together with her. ‘Member, He hasn’t given you a spirit of fear, but of power and love and a sound mind!

    While I’m glad you want to share this video with her, I would hate to see you use it as an excuse to get around meeting with your neighbor one last time. Besides, in today’s plugged-in world, you could always stay in touch via email—this doesn’t have to be the end of the friendship.

    I'm not trying to tell you what to do—just wanting to encourage you as a friend and sister in Christ.


    posted by Paula Hendricks
    on Thursday, June 23, 2011 at 3:29 pm
  5. Paula,

    I completely agree with you!! And I am going to ask her out...I know it's going to be hard though, I've been trying to work up the courage now for about a month. That's a given (the asking part). I can't imagine her insecure, in any rite; she knows who she is, and in anyone's world, she's got status in every way conceivable (except the most important 'status' = Life in Christ). She's beautiful, thin, tall, athletic (in the best way) and unbelievably intelligent. She speaks 3 languages, fluently, and is has a doctorate in what she does (which is also a career that would impress anyone<human>). So, I highly doubt she'd be insecure about getting together with me. Which might be (in a very small way) why I'm feeling a bit insecure. Doesn't matter, I love her, and I want her soul in Heaven. We used to spend a lot of time together. A whole lot. Our children love each other. I just hope I get the courage quickly. I'll have to do it like one pulls a splinter: Run (get the tweezers), pull... out the words, then: sigh of relief. Before I can tell myself it's hopeless... again.

    That's the bigger picture (the wordier version of what's going on).

    Thanks SO much for your encouragement!! I intend to do both. In case there is no opening during out outing, in case I fail/bail (on the gospel talk), in case she says... 'Too busy, would have loved to but..".

    I was thankful for your post today because: In case of 'emergency' take hammer... and break out these wonderful links.

    I've got high hopes because: "Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us," Ephesians 3:20 Leaving it in His hands once the moment has past (and before, and during!!) is much easier, having this verse in mind. :c)

    PS I do not like to be impersonal but if there's no other way, I'll take what I have available and work that as best God shows me how.

    posted by J
    on Thursday, June 23, 2011 at 6:10 pm
  6. Glad to hear it, J! I was just praying for you this morning, and thought of you when I read about how you are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for you to do.

    Also, FWIW, I know all kinds of beautiful, intelligent people who are totally insecure. Unless they know they are beloved and complete in Christ, there's always someone else more beautiful, more smart, etc. Praying God will help you see past the externals and give you a glimpse of her heart.


    posted by Paula Hendricks
    on Friday, June 24, 2011 at 10:00 am
  7. Sure, no doubt, just not insecure about me, as, I'm just about as un-fabulous as it gets. ;c) My main concern is that the rift that grew between us (for reasons unbeknownst to me) has become a cavern too wide for me to cross. I asked her out for a walk last winter and discussed the rift and she insisted it was in my imagination. Oh well, life is sometimes complicated when we feel it's better to hide/ignore the truth (her and I). It's caused me heart ache and tears. The links you provided were a bright spot in my day because they provided some hope.

    I'll share a song with everyone that provided me with fresh love and hope, for my walk and in my Saviour, this week. Small silly thing to note:There's a spelling error in the lyrics it says 'I can't, can't not' or something to that effect, but it's meant to be 'I can't, I can not'... otherwise the thing is absolute loveliness and I went to iTunes to snatch it up for continued encouragement (I think Erin and I share this 'habit' this as a common fun encouragement/indulgence):

    Please consider it my humble thanks to you Paula for your 'sharings'.

    Funny, that scripture is the one my husband gave me, framed, this year for the anniversary of our first date. :c) I love how the Lord speaks!!!!!!

    Psalm 9:1

    Thanks SO much for remembering to pray AND doing it. Very appreciated.
    posted by J
    on Friday, June 24, 2011 at 1:44 pm
  8. What a beautiful song, J. Thanks for sharing! And thanks for sharing with me about this situation. I am praying and believing God will restore your relationship!

    posted by Paula Hendricks
    on Friday, June 24, 2011 at 2:44 pm

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