Autumn Seacat: Up or Out

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Autumn Seacat: Up or Out (Genesis 11:1-9, 12:1-4a; Acts 2:14-21)

Autumn Seacat, associate college minister at Highland Baptist Church in Waco and student at Baylor University’s Truett Theological Seminary, asks if Christians are building towers or blessing nations. “How do we live a life that matters?” she asked. People have a choice of paths; the story of the Tower of Babel (Genesis 11) illustrates a wrong path.

Seacat outlines the failures of those who built the Tower of Babel—self-reliance, self-security and self-importance—and how those failures are echoed today. God’s call of Abram (Genesis 12) depicts the path of promise and blessing for oneself and the world. The key differences between the two paths are obedience and being filled with the Holy Spirit (Acts 2). She includes practical counsel for walking the path of obedience.



This sermon was delivered on Mar. 23, 2021, for College Night at Highland Baptist Church in Waco. The sermon is designed for conversation, stopping at points to allow listeners to discuss questions at their tables.

A sermon script is available here.


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