by Steve Wagers

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There's a Soul Worth Being Saved
Series: Throw Out A Lifeboat, Somebody's Sinking
Steve Wagers
Jeremiah 8:20


In the past several months nothing has captured our attention anymore than the event that took place on April 14, 1912, known as the sinking of the Titanic. It was a night where, in a little over 3 hours, thousands of passengers lost their lives in the icy waters of the Atlantic, and went out into eternity.

Following the sinking of the Titanic, the White Star Company, the company that had built the ship, in Liverpool, England, placed a large board on either side of the main entrance to their office. On one board they printed the letters, "KNOWN TO BE SAVED;" and, on the other board the letters, "KNOWN TO BE LOST!" When the Titanic began it's voyage there were three classes passengers. But, when it ended, the number was reduced to only two: those who were "saved" by the rescue boats, and those who were "lost" in the deep waters. 1

In much the same way, we're on a voyage aboard a ship known as "Life." This ship is sailing along with passengers of all ages, backgrounds, colors, and classes. However, 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," and those who are "lost." I remember hearing my Dad say, "There are only two types of people in this world: the "saints", and the "aint's". You are either a saint, or you ain't!" Now, that may not be good grammar, but it is the absolute truth. You are either saved or lost, there are no other categories.

In the text before us today, we find one of the saddest, most shocking verses of scripture in all the Bible. It is a verse that calls for inspection, and it is a verse that calls for retrospection. It is a verse that stares us right in the face, both sinner and saint: and, it requires our undivided attention. As you know, the prophet Jeremiah was preaching in Jerusalem to ...

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