Summary: More like a Bible study from 1, 2 Timothy and Titus (material adapted from the North American Christian Convention Bible study by JK Jones)
Survivor Eva Hart remembers the night, April 15, 1912, on which the Titanic plunged 12,000 feet to the Atlantic floor, some two hours and forty minutes after an iceberg tore a 300-foot gash in the starboard side: "I saw all the horror of its sinking, and I heard, even more dreadful, the cries of drowning people." Although twenty life-boats and rafts were launched-too few and only partly filled-most of the passengers ended up struggling in the icy seas while those in the boats waited a safe distance away.
Lifeboat No. 14 did row back to the scene after the unsinkable ship slipped from sight at 2:20 A.m. Alone, it chased cries in the darkness, seeking and saving a precious few. No other boat joined it, fearing a crush of swimmers would cling to their craft, eventually swamping it.
Some were already overloaded, but in virtually every other boat, those already saved rowed their half-filled boats aimlessly in the night, listening to the cries of the lost.
How was the word “Savior” used in Greek language? Deliverer, protector, preserver, usually used of a person. 3 ways it was used in Greek/ Roman culture
1. Used of gods or goddess- pagan religion
2. Physicians, politicians, philosophers- society leaders
3. Kings and emperors, especially Caesar
Paul immerses it in all of these
We need a Savior like the neighbor who saved me in the blizzard.
How did Paul use the word in 1, 2 Timothy and Titus?
Literally- "one who delivers or rescues from peril” Jesus saves us from what? “They tell how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead--Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath.” 1 Thessalonians 1:9, 10, NIV.
Thesis: Jesus is a .... Savior
Jesus is a sufficient Savior
Our Savior used 8 out of the 10 times from 1, 2 Timothy and Titus
Sufficient= adequate for the purpose; enough. To be sufficient is to be self-sustaining, self-adequate, and to have all power and strength. We can be sure that God is all of these things. “Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.” Hebrews 7:25, NIV.
His blood is an all sufficient covering for my sin- The cross upon which Jesus died Is a shelter in which we can hide And its grace so free is sufficient for me And deep is its fountain as wide as the sea. Chorus There's room at the cross for you There's room at the cross for you Though millions have come, there's still room for one Yes there's room at the cross for you. “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.” 1 John 1:7, NIV.
His obedience on the cross is all sufficient for my righteousness. “Consequently, just as the result of one trespass was condemnation for all men, so also the result of one act of righteousness was justification that brings life for all men. For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.” Romans 5:18, 19, NIV.
His grace is all sufficient for his action in my life. “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9, NIV.
E. Booth-Tucker preached in Chicago one day, and out from the throng a burdened laborer came and said to him, before all the audience, "You can talk like that about how Christ is dear to you, and helps you; but if your wife was dead, as my wife is, and you had some babies crying for their mother who would never come back, you could not say what you are saying."
A little later Booth-Tucker lost his noble wife in a railway wreck, and the body was brought to Chicago for the funeral service. After others had conducted the funeral service he stood there by the casket, looked down into the face of the silent wife and mother, and said, "The other day when I was here, a man said, I could not say Christ was sufficient, if my wife were dead, and my children were crying for their mother. If that man is here, tell him that Christ is sufficient. My heart is all broken, my heart is all crushed, my heart is all bleeding, but there is a song in my heart and Christ put it there; and if that man is here, I tell him that, though my wife is gone and my children are motherless, Christ comforts me today." That man was there, and down the aisle he came, and fell down beside the casket, and said, "Verily, if Christ can help us like that, I will surrender to Him,"