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Summary: To motivate and mobilize the believers to take the message of Christ as evangelists to those around them.

INTRODUCTION

-FACTS ABOUT THE TITANIC

-Maiden voyage began on April 10, 1912

-On board were:

-883 foot long vessel

-9 decks

-75,000 lbs of fresh meat

-40,000 fresh eggs

-200 barrels of flour

-40 tons of potatoes

-1,500 gallons of fresh milk

-1 Renault 35 hp automobile

-3,364 bags of mail

-50 cases of toothpaste

-5 grand pianos

-30 cases of golf clubs and tennis racquets

-4 cases of opium

-Squash court

-Turkish bath

-20 lifeboats

-2,228 people

-11:40 PM, April 14, 1912 the boat strikes an iceberg over 60 feet high

-After ignoring several warnings

-Over an hour later the first lifeboat was launched

-Followed by 17 others / 2 never to be launched

-2 ½ hours after it struck the iceberg, the Titanic sank into the ocean

-Everyone on the Titanic ended up on one of two lists

-Saved and lost

-People on board: 2,228

-Saved: 705

-Lost: 1,523

-Jesus said that He came to seek and save that which was lost, spiritually

-He was sent to be a rescuer to those on a spiritual Titanic, headed for disaster

-There are many lost in our world and community today

-Ron Hutchcraft - “The gap between those who are saved and those who are lost has never been wider than it is today.”

-We live in what has been called a post-Christian culture

-A pagan society born out of a rejection of Christianity

-They have rejected it without even fully considering it

-That is what makes it so challenging to reach them

-Often they seem virtually unreachable

-Because they seem unreachable, we have given up on them

-The sad fact is, up to 90% of believers never tell somebody about Jesus Christ

-SHAME ON US!!!

-Over 200,000 people died in the South Asian Tsunami for lack of a warning system

-Most likely, most did not know Christ

-How many countless thousands and millions are dying today and have died without anyone who knew the way showing them the way

Jude 20-23

I. There Are Lost People All Around Us

-In our community

-We are often too far-sighted to see them

-We look at those across the country or around the world rather than those in our own back yard

-In our church

-Surveys have said that around 50% of those attending church on Sunday have never accepted Christ as their personal Savior

A. They may be happy, content people

-You may not be able to tell just by looking at their face

-They smile like the rest of us

-They are satisfied with their lives as they are

-Why change a good thing, huh?

-Their happiness and contentment are based on factors outside of God

-Money

-Social standing

-Job security

-Good family

-Health

B. They may be moral people

-You can’t tell much of a difference between them and the average believer

-Part of that is the fault of the average believer

-They strive to live by the rules

-Many times they think they are OK spiritually because they follow the rules

C. They may be quite intelligent

1. Reasoning out faith

-Anything that does not fit their scientific, logical minds cannot be real to them

-God won’t fit within their mind-set

2. Reasoning in foolishness

-They forget that God made science

-God is all powerful, He is not bound by His own rules

D. They may not know they are lost

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