To Think What Might Have Been (4 of 13) by Steve Wagers

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To Think What Might Have Been (4 of 13)
Series: A Closer Look at the Book: Jeremiah
Pastor Steve N. Wagers
Jeremiah 7-8
August 12. 2007

Sermon Outline
1. A Sobering Truth!
A) The Nation's Problem
B) The Nation's People
1) Ignorant People
2) Negligent People
2. A Startling Time!
A) A Specific Season
B) A Short Season
3. A Shocking Tragedy!
A) The Help that was Refused
B) The Hope that was Rejected

With the remake of the movie in 1997, our mind was once again captured by the event of April 14, 1912 known as the sinking of the Titanic. It was a night where, in a little more than 3 hours, more than 1500 passengers lost their lives in the icy waters of the North Atlantic.

The Titanic was built by the White Star Company, based in Liverpool, England. Just hours before the Titanic set sail on its historic voyage they made the immortal statement that "Not even God could sink the Titanic."

A few days after the tragic event, they placed a large board on either side of the main entrance to their office. On one board were the words: KNOWN TO BE SAVED! On the other board were the words: KNOWN TO BE LOST!

You see when the Titanic began its voyage there were many different classes of passengers. However, when the journey was ended there were only 2 classes; those who were "saved" by the rescue boats, and those who were "lost" in the deep, dark waters.

Yet, in much the same way, we are on a voyage aboard a ship called Life. This ship sails with passengers of all ages, backgrounds, colors and classes. But, when this ship finally pulls into port, and the horn sounds for the last time, there will be only 2 classes of people: those who are saved, by the good grace of God; and, those who are lost forever and ever.

I often remember hearing my Dad say, "There are only 2 classes of people: saints and aint's. You are either a 'saint' or you 'ain't.'" That may not be good grammar, but it is great theology. A person is either save ...


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