Summary: This sermon takes alook at how to avoid spiritual shipwreck, and what to do in the aftermath of wrecked out faith.
“Wrecked out Faith”
1 Timothy 1:18-20
Intro: Have you ever laid on an inner tube or one of those little floaties on a lake or the ocean? And just laid back closed your eyes and relaxed? The next thing you know the voices and sounds of the beach begin to grow faint and distant. Then when you look up you realize you’ve drifted what seems to be half way across the lake or about a mile into the ocean. When your laying their relaxing with your eyes closed or even open for that matter starring at the sky, it doesn’t seem like your moving. It’s not that you tried to drift or even wanted to, but without an anchoring device of some sort thee is nothing to stop the current from moving you away from your desired location. Has that ever happened to you on a spiritual level? You just kick back and relax thinking everything is ok and the next thing you know the voice of God seems to grow faint, and you feel distant from the people in the church. Most of us don’t drift on purpose. DRIFT – to wander from a set course or point of attention; stray. It’s easy in our relationship with God for our point of attention to be turned away from God to other things. What this happens it’s almost impossible to keep ourselves from drifting off course spiritually. Then when we discover we’ve drifted we wonder, how on earth did this happen?
Now if you will rethink with me this illustration and put yourself on an inner tube going down a river of roaring rapids covered with large rocks. Which will you do you think will require more attention and concentration to stay safely afloat? God sends battles into our lives to keep us focused on our relationship with Him. It’s impossible to sleep and fight at the same time.
2:1We must pay more careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away. 2For if the message spoken by angels was binding, and every violation and disobedience received its just punishment, 3how shall we escape if we ignore such a great salvation? This salvation, which was first announced by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard him. 4God also testified to it by signs, wonders and various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will.
Illustration: As a child I was fascinated with of all things, junkyards! It always intrigued me to think about how all those cars in the junkyards were at one time someone’s new cars. There was a time when they were driven off the lot brand new, shinning with that new car smell, and a proud owner behind the wheel. The cars that now sit in junkyards are not fulfilling their purposes for which they were made. God also has created us for a purpose. But for many of us we are not fulfilling our purposes that God has created us for. Now I’m not saying your junk, because I agree with the bumper sticker that says, “God don’t make junk.” I do believe however that to many professing Christians have wrecked out their faith, and see themselves in a hopeless situation.
Transition: This morning we are going to look at how to avoid spiritual shipwreck, and what to do in the aftermath of wrecked out faith.