Ignoring the Warnings
There are consequences to ignoring the warnings.
The R.M.S. Titanic received numerous iceberg warnings.
6 warnings on April 11th from ships where the Titanic was going, 5 warnings on the 12th, 3 warnings on the 13th, and 7 warnings on the 14th (the day she struck the iceberg)
Her experienced sailors and captain already knew about the seasonal threat of ice.
Yet, the Captain and crew arrogantly ignored the warnings.
One sailor reportedly remarked, “God Himself couldn’t sink this ship!”
As a result, 1,514 people died early next morning, April 15th, 1912.
Many today tend to view life as though their ‘ship’ were unsinkable.
Man Is Warned About Eternity
Satan does not like man to think about his eternal state.
Death is inevitable (James 4:13-14)
All will be judged (Hebrews 9:27)
(Acts 17:30-31; Romans 14:11-12; 2 Corinthians 5:10-11)
What would it be like not to be prepared for the Judgment Day?
We must prepare!
Signs You Are Not Prepared For Eternity
You don’t find spiritual matters very exciting
Is church boring to you?
Do you talk to your friends about Jesus?
Do you regularly read your Bible and pray?
Do you read material designed to lead you towards a greater spirituality?
1) You don’t understand the Bible any better than you did last year.
Do Biblical discussions intimidate you?
Do you know where to find things in the Bible?
Of course, there will always be difficult subjects to understand (2 Peter 3:16).
Yet, the Bible as a whole can be understood (cf. Psalm 19:7; etc.)
2) You are unable to teach others about Jesus and His New Testament.
Do you never feel knowledgeable enough to teach people about elementary principles (Hebrews 6:1-2)?
Do you ever volunteer to teach at church?
Do you say, “I’ll worry about that when I get older”?
Do you constantly need edification, otherwise you will fall away?
3) You think the line that separates ‘right’ from ‘wrong’ is blurry
Do you try to justify sin?
Are you reluctant to take a stand on moral issues?
Is the line always blurry?
Are you always ‘pushing the envelope’?
Do you reason around what is clearly stated in the Bible?
How To Prepare For Eternity
Recognize the reality of Satan and the danger of sin (1 Peter 5:8; etc.)
Realize you are invincible only with God’s help (Revelation 3:17; etc.)
Pray (1 Thessalonians 5:17; etc.)
Study (Acts 17:11; Psalm 119:11; etc.)
Find a mentor or spiritual role-model—then be one.
Encourage others (Hebrews 10:24-25)
The world recognizes that the crew members of the Titanic were foolish to not heed the warnings.
Yet, many ignore God’s warnings.
Make sure you are ready and heed the warnings
No one knows when the door to eternity will open (cf. Matt. 24:36) (2 Peter 3:11).
Are you prepared?
By Carey Scott
Return to the Sermon Outlines page
Home / Bible studies / Bible Survey / Special Studies / General Articles / Non-Bible Articles / Sermons / Sermon Outlines / Links / Questions and Answers / What Saith The Scriptures /Daily Devotional / Correspondence Courses / What is the Church of Christ / Book: Christian Growth / Website Policy / E-mail / About Me /