Summary: Rip Tide Series week 1: Swim at your own Risk. This is a great summertime series about the pull and affect sin has on our lives, and how to escape it.
Swim at Your Own Risk
As you saw in the promo video,
we’re starting a new series this month
called RIP TIDE!
I’m real excited about this series
because it has something for every one.
I don’t care if this is the first time
you’ve ever been to church,
or if you have been going to church all your life.
There’s at least one principle in these messages
that you can use for your life.
So make sure you don’t miss
any of the messages in this series.
I really want you to grab a hold of this wave
and ride it out!
Let me give you an overview of some of the upcoming messages in this series.
Week 1 Swim at Your Own Risk
Week 2 Life Guard On Duty
Week 3 Danger Strong Current
Week 4 HELP!
Week 5 No Swimming
Let’s get started tonight by looking at RIP TIDE
1. Swim at Your Own Risk
How many of you like the beach?
I know our teens do.
In fact they let me drive them to the beach
this past summer.
Now I must admit that even though
I’m a Florida Cracker,
I don’t necessarily care that much for the beach.
I don’t like it when the sand gets in my shoes,
the salt water makes me feel sticky,
and the sun is way too hot.
I’m just not the beach bum type.
How many of you here are good swimmers?
That’s good. I don’t swim well either.
In fact, I never even learned how to swim
until I was a teenager, and met Kelli.
She taught me how to swim,
and I taught her how to drive!
Now that’s a productive relationship!
I can swim well enough to save myself if I have to,
but I’m not going to go swim in a marathon
or anything like that.
Those of you who are like me,
and don’t swim well either,
have you ever gotten caught in a riptide
in the ocean?
Did it scare you?
I remember once when I got caught in one,
and it liked to scared me to death.
I just knew that was the end for me.
But even though
I might not be the best of swimmers,
I am fairly strong.
It’s kind of a natural thing in my family.
The fact that most of us work outside helps too.
But even with my strength, I had a hard time
fighting against the current of the Rip Tide.
Now, those of you
who consider yourselves to be good swimmers,
have you even gotten caught in a riptide?
Did it scare you?
My wife told me
that she thought she was going to drown one time
when she got caught up in one
when she was a child.
They are scary.
Let’s take a look at what a Rip Tide really is.
Sometimes, people call them “undertows”.
So let’s look at both of these words
so we can have a full understanding.
Riptides and Undertows are related.
Breaking waves approach the beach
carrying water toward the beach.
The water can’t just pile up there
it has to escape back out to sea somehow.
If there’s a place along the beach
where the waves aren’t as strong,
the water near the shore
escapes through that weak spot,
flowing back out to sea.
This is a Rip Tide.
If there is no spot with weaker surf,
the water flows down and under the waves
and back out to sea, forming an undertow.
On the other hand, let’s look at the word undertow:
un•der•tow - noun
An Undertow is:
A strong sea-ward bottom current
returning the water of broken waves
back out to sea.
Did you get that?
When the waves crash onto the beach,
that water has to go somewhere.
It doesn’t stay on the beach.
So there’s a strong current under the water
that returns the water back out to sea.
When there is no channel for the water to travel in,
it takes a wide part of the water out to sea.
If a person gets caught in the undertow
they can be pulled under the surface of the water,
and carried back out to sea
with the rest of the water.
That’s how strong this current is.
Even though you can’t really see the current,
you can see and feel the effects of the current
in a tremendous way once you are in it.
Now Rip Currents (or “rip tides”)
are sometimes mistakenly called an undertow.
However, a rip current
will not pull you under the surface of the water.
It has the same strong pull as an undertow,
but it’s more subtle.
This is even more dangerous,
because you don’t realize what’s happening
until it’s too late.