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A true story of the Titanic


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John Harper was born to a pair of solid Christian parents on May 29th, 1872. It was on the last Sunday of March 1886, when he was thirteen years of age that he received Jesus as the Lord of his life. He never knew what it was to “sow his wild oats.” He began to preach about four years later at the ripe old ago of 17 years by going down to the streets of his village and pouring out his soul in earnest entreaty for men to be reconciled to God.

As John Harper’s life unfolded, one thing was apparent: he was consumed by the Word of God. When asked by various ministers what his doctrine consisted of, he was known to reply, “The word of God!” After five or six years of toiling on street corners preaching the gospel and working in the mill during the day, Harper was taken in by E. A. Carter of Baptist Pioneer Mission in London, England. This set Harper free to devote his whole time and energy to the work so dear to his heart.

Soon, John Harper started his own church in September of 1896. (Now known as the Harper Memorial Church.) This church which John Harper had started with just 25 members, had grown to over 500 members when he left 13 years later. During this time he had gotten married; God did bless John Harper with a beautiful little girl named Nana.

Ironically, John Harper almost drowned several times during his life. When he was two and a half years of age, he almost drowned when he fell into a well but was resuscitated by his mother. At the age of twenty-six, he was swept out to sea by a reverse current and barely survived, and at thirty-two he faced death on a leaking ship in the Mediterranean. Perhaps, God used these experiences to prepare this servant for what he faced next!

It was the night of April 14, 1912. The RMS Titanic sailed swiftly on the bitterly cold ocean waters heading unknowingly into the pages of history. On board this luxurious ocean liner were many rich and famous people. At the time of the ship’s launch, it was the world’s largest man-made moveable object. At 11:40 PM on that fateful night, an iceberg scraped the ship’s starboard side, showering the decks with ice and ripping open six watertight compartments. The sea poured in.

On board the ship that night were John Harper and his much-beloved six-year-old daughter, Nana. According to documented reports, as soon as it was apparent that the ship was going to sink, John Harper immediately took his daughter to a lifeboat. It is reasonable to assume that this widowed preacher could have easily gotten on board this boat to safety; however, it never seems to have crossed his mind. He bent down and kissed his precious little girl; looking into her eyes he told her that she would see him someday. The flares going off in the dark sky above reflected the tears on his face as he turned and headed towards the crowd of desperate humanity on the sinking ocean liner.

As the rear of the huge ship began to lurch upwards, it was reported that Harper was seen making his way up the deck yelling, “Women, children, and unsaved into the lifeboats!” It was only minutes later that the Titanic began to rumble deep within. Most people thought it was an explosion; actually the gargantuan ship was literally breaking in half.

At this point, many people jumped off the decks and into the icy, dark waters below. John Harper was one of these people.

That night 1528 people went into the frigid waters. John Harper was seen swimming frantically to people in the water leading them to Jesus before the hypothermia became fatal. Mr. Harper swam up to one young man who had climbed up on a piece of debris.

Harper asked him between breaths, “Are you saved?” The young man replied that he was not. Harper then tried to lead him to Christ only to have the young man who was near shock, reply “No.”

John Harper then took off his life jacket and threw it to the man and said, “Here then, you need this more than I do,” and swam away to other people. A few minutes later Harper swam back to the young man and succeeded in leading him to salvation.

Of the 1528 people that went into the water that night, six were rescued by the lifeboats. One of them was this young man on the debris. Four years later, at a survivors meeting, this young man stood up and in tears recounted how that after John Harper had led him to Christ, Mr. Harper had tried to swim back to help other people, yet because of the intense cold, had grown too weak to swim. His last words before going under in the frigid waters were, “Believe on the Name of the Lord Jesus and you will be saved.”

Does Hollywood remember this man? No. Oh well, no matter.

This servant of God did what he had to do. While other people were trying to buy their way onto the lifeboats and selfishly trying to save their own lives, John Harper gave up his life so that others could be saved.

Greater love hath no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. – John 15:13.

John Harper was truly the hero of the Titanic!

 

Sources for this article: "The Titanic's Last Hero" by Moody Press 1997

 

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Responding to an atheist who supposedly demolishes Christianity


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The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God … The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. – Psalms 14:1 and 53:1.

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. – Isaiah 55:8-9.

But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. – 1 Corinthians 2:14.

I personally believe that debating a paid ‘professional Christ-rejector’ can be a waste of time, as they usually have absolutely no interest at all in listening or understanding anything a believer has to say, even when they are shown overwhelming evidence of the truth. I’m reminded of what Jesus said, that:

No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: – John 6:44.

However, saying that, when I saw the title of the below YouTube video recently, I was intrigued as to how Mr Sam Harris ‘demolished’ Christianity as it says – something that NO ONE has ever been able to do at any time in history (and people certainly have tried – one atheist chap from centuries ago whose name escapes me, was recorded as saying on his deathbed something about “within 50 years Christianity will be forgotten” – well, it’s still here, and the atheist is not). So, I decided to watch this video and felt compelled at the same time to offer my immediate thoughts/responses along the way, which I’ve listed below.

NOTE: There is so much more I could write here (accompanied by a ton of scripture verses and historical references) in response to Mr Harris’ statements, but as mentioned above I simply don’t want to spend too much time on it. Hopefully, what I have written though will help some of you who are at college or university to continue to be confident and steadfast in your faith. Always let me know if there’s anything that I may be able to help you with.


Video timings with immediate thoughts

00:19 – Jesus is the ONLY way. There is no other alternative.

00:35 – There’s plenty of evidence – the PERFECT Book (the Authorized Version King James Holy Bible) that has never been proven wrong on anything – so when Hell is mentioned within it then it must be real. Jesus Himself mentioned Hell too, many times. And there’s also plenty of evidence that Jesus walked this earth and is God in the flesh.

00:40 – Consequences of believing in Hell? How about the consequences in NOT believing in Hell – they are far greater.

00:53 – Here we go again with the ‘children card’. It’s a classic starting point for an atheist who desperately wants to get the audience on their side. He says too “die before the age of five” – if he knew anything about God, he would know that a child is safe under God’s protection until they reach the age of accountability (Romans 4:15 & 5:13), which is where they understand that they have sinned against God. This age varies from child to child, hence the reason why a specific age is not mentioned in the Bible.

01:00 – Here we go again with ‘breaking it down’ statistics, again to just try and shock the audience into believing his unbelief.

01:20 – Classic calm speaking, which makes him sound like he’s a reasonable, caring man, and of course, the ‘dramatic pauses’ (taught in every decent ‘How to be a better presenter’ class).

01:28 – Now he brings the parents into it. Desperation here.

01:40“and their prayers will NOT be answered” – how does he know this? Does he know what every one of those parents are praying for?

01:42 – Another dramatic pause.

01:45 – Death and suffering is NOT according to God’s plan – 2 Peter 3:9.

01:48 – Another dramatic pause.

02:00 – All personal opinion here with absolutely ZERO understanding of who God is, and how and why He does things. And at the end of the day, God can do whatever He wants, because He’s the One Who has given us life in the first place – Job 1:20-22. Mr Harris can’t understand this anyway, as the natural, unsaved person is spiritually discerned (1 Corinthians 2:14).

02:07 – Another dramatic pause.

02:12 – No one goes to Hell because they are “praying to the wrong god” – they go to Hell because they have NOT believed the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. The good news that God Himself died for our sins, was buried (and went to Hell for us), and rose again the third day, and by believing this with all our heart (a free gift!), we go the Heaven when we die.

02:25“born into the wrong culture” – what is the RIGHT culture pray tell? Every man and woman (regardless of who they are or where they live) is born into this world IN sin – Romans 5:12; 3:10 & 23.

02:30“miss the revelation” – pretty much everyone on this planet (perhaps apart from some tribes in unreached, secluded areas of the globe), knows the name of Jesus. They know something about a “man who died on a cross for sinners”. There are NOT too many groups of people in this ‘always on’ digitally connected world who have never heard of the name Jesus before. BUT, for the ones who have NOT heard the Gospel message and they die without Christ, then God (being the Righteous Judge He is), will judge them according to the acceptance of the revelation He gave them (e.g. creation, moral standards within their own tribes, etc.) – Romans 2:11-15; Genesis 12:17-20. Everyone knows what is TRULY right and wrong in this world, because God has written His Law on the hearts of everyone regardless of who or where they are, or whether they hear the Gospel or not.

02:42 – Interesting how he’s making it the ‘universe’ of his fellow debater. It’s GOD’s universe and He makes the rules.

02:49 – See 02:12 comments.

02:52 – Another dramatic pause.

02:56 – See 00:35 comments. Also says in a TON of other scripture verses!

03:21 – God didn’t create any cultural isolation. Man was dispersed at Babel (Genesis 11:9); ALL with the SAME knowledge of the One True God. God shows great love and mercy by ‘winking’ at people’s ignorance of Him (Acts 17:22-34), but now of course wants ALL to come to repentance. God didn’t “engineer” their deaths; He had a plan already set in place to SAVE them and give them eternal life.

03:31 – God created Hell for the Devil and his angels (Matthew 25:41; Revelation 20:10) NOT for man, who God came to SAVE from that place.

03:40 – ALL sin is sin to a holy God. Man’s laws have different classifications and penalties for different types of acts that break the law. But to God, because we are born in sin, there is NO GOOD in any of us (Isaiah 64:6). We are simply sinners (in imagination, thought, deed, action, etc.); and there are only ‘nicer’ and ‘worse’ sinners than others, but we are ALL sinners nonetheless. And God’s salvation is open to ANYONE who truly repents and believes the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.

04:03“moral accountability” – it’s interesting that he keeps using the term ‘morals’ – where does an atheist get THEIR morals from exactly?

04:12“innocent people” – who is “innocent” in this world if we are ALL born in sin and DO sin every moment of the day? “double standards” – I agree that Christians shouldn’t use the phrase “God is mysterious” when bad things happen; a Christian should ALWAYS bring it back to the scriptures as to WHY bad things happen, and that it has NOTHING to do with God, but ALL to do with man’s rebellious, greedy, selfish, lustful, covetous, sick and twisted sinful nature.

05:07 – God IS good all the time! It doesn’t matter what happens in this world, God is good – (Job 1:21). This atheist probably proclaims his OWN goodness (Proverbs 20:6) especially as he is his OWN god (Judges 21:25).

05:23“tiresome” – see 04:12 “double standards” comment. Here we go with the ‘morals’ again. What ‘morals’ does he have in order to try and condemn God?

05:34 – He’s now confusing true Biblical Christianity with the so-called ‘Christian’ prosperity, charlatan TV preachers out there. This is the problem that these cults cause for true Christianity. They cause people such as Mr Harris to blaspheme God.

05:54 – How on earth does he know what the omnipresent God accomplishes in people’s lives? “imposed” – he selects his words wisely – God does NOT impose anything on anybody; he has given everyone a free will to do as they please, and to accept or reject the free gift of salvation.

06:09 – So what does atheism offer anyone? Well, you’re seeing the results of a humanistic, atheistic, God-rejecting society today here in the UK, the USA and other once-known-as-Christian countries around the world. “fail to reason honestly” – honestly? has this man actually read the Bible with an open, HONEST heart and spoken to genuinely saved Christians about what true Biblical Christianity is all about? I very much doubt it. “to care sufficiently about the suffering of other human beings” – you cannot get more caring people in this world than true saved Bible-believing (rightly dividing the true word of God), blood washed Christians who continually try to warn people about Hell and to show how they can escape going there. What does an atheist do? NOTHING, because they believe in nothing, they don’t have any moral standards of their own, and when they die that’s basically it – nothing. The funny thing is – WHY is this man even bothering to debate anything at all with a Christian or anyone else of faith, or trying to convince others about how wrong we all are and how right he is, when he only has one life that will end in nothing? Mr Harris, why not just go and live your life and don’t waste your valuable, precious time worrying about what anyone else believes?! I certainly wouldn’t worry if I were an atheist!

06:22 – And here it is – the next classic argument that atheists bring to the debating table – slavery in the Bible. What this man fails to understand (is it because he is ignorant of it or deliberately trying to deceive his audience because he simply hates Jesus and Christians?) is that slavery in Biblical times was very different from the slavery that was practiced in the past few centuries in many parts of the world. The slavery in the Bible was not based exclusively on race. People were not enslaved because of their nationality or the colour of their skin. Slavery was based more on economics; it was a matter of social status. People sold themselves as slaves when they could not pay their debts or provide for their families. In New Testament times, sometimes doctors, lawyers, and even politicians were slaves of someone else. Some people actually chose to be slaves so as to have all their needs provided for by their masters. Both the Old and New Testaments condemn the practice of ‘man-stealing’, which is what happened in Africa in the 16th to 19th centuries. Africans were rounded up by slave-hunters, who sold them to slave-traders, who brought them to the New World to work on plantations and farms. This practice is abhorrent to God. In fact, the penalty for such a crime in the Mosaic Law was death (Exodus 21:16). Similarly, in the New Testament, slave-traders are listed among those who are ‘ungodly and sinners’ and are in the same category as those who kill their fathers or mothers, murderers, adulterers, and liars and perjurers (1 Timothy 1:8-10). And don’t forget it was Christians who ended the ‘white man, black man’ slavery in the recent past – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slavery_Abolition_Act_1833

06:30“imaginary crimes such as witchcraft” – one only has to look back at a long history of witchcraft-related crimes of kidnappings and human blood sacrifices and so on that continue even to this day (and is in fact worse!). Also, is illicit drug use/crime today “imaginary”? The word ‘sorcery’ comes from our word ‘pharmacy’ in the Greek. Literally, ‘sorcery’ means the use of drugs.

06:38 – God can do whatever He wants, but it is ALWAYS for good – Romans 8:28. It’s a tactic of atheists to ‘throw in’ a few Biblical words or phrases every now and then to make out that they have read and understood the Bible.

07:00 – Again, putting himself ABOVE God. See 02:00 comments. Back to the “slaughter of children”-card again; playing to the audience followed by a dramatic pause to let it ‘sink in’.

07:35 – Of course a Christian can say in “moral terms” that it’s WRONG to murder people in suicide bombings. Even if they weren’t “praying to the wrong god”, it’s still morally wrong, and ONLY a Christian can say that because it’s God Who has given every person on this earth (and who has ever lived), a conscience to know what is right and wrong. Again, where does an atheist get THEIR moral standards from?

07:55“if they had the right God” then they wouldn’t be blowing people up!

08:02“psychopaths and psychotics” – you ARE saying exactly that!

08:09 – Are you saying that ALL those billions of people are all “decent and sane” – really? I thought you classed them as “lunatics”? I agree, by the way, that religion is indeed horrible; because Biblical Christianity is NOT a religion, it is a restored relationship with God.

08:21 – Now he’s confusing the false religion and cult of Roman Catholicism with true Christianity. Again, is he just ignorant of this or is he deliberately putting them together to promote his hatred of Christ?

08:43 – Here’s where he completely starts to ‘fall apart’ – “bad evidence”? really? The evidence about the existence of Christ on this earth, his death, his buried, his resurrection is overwhelming! Mr Harris, if you are as intelligent as you think you are, then surely you would have done your homework and found the same conclusion of the overwhelming evidence! Even external sources (outside of the Bible – Josephus and others) confirm Jesus walked this earth.

08:56 – The pause and stutter say it all! What on earth is he talking about now? “the doctrine’s implausibility”? See 00:35 comments.

09:13 – What we know now about the cosmos was already written about in the Bible. Science today is at least 2,000 years BEHIND what God already wrote for us in His inspired and preserved word. “what we know about the all too human origins of the scripture”? Like what exactly – what is it we know about this – expand, back it up, what are you talking about?

09:25 – Christianity IS the “moral wealth of the world”. Just look at the state of the world today now people have taken God and His word OUT of the schools, courts, prisons, hospitals, governments, etc., the world is in a mess and it will only get worse, because the world wants nothing to do with Jesus Christ. People forget that ALL morals come from God’s 10 Commandments, which is written on their hearts.

09:38 – He’s reaching now trying to associate Christ’s death on the cross with Christian human sacrifice! It was RELIGION that put Him on the cross! I do agree though that the Roman Catholics try to re-sacrifice Christ every week in their Mass (they are the ‘power’ too that put Christ on the cross in the first place), and they will play an key role in the Tribulation end times with sacrifices of Jews (it’s all written in the Bible!). Mr Harris, once again, do NOT confuse Roman Catholicism with Biblical Christianity.

09:53 – Once again, Christianity is NOT a religion. And the Lord Jesus Christ was NOT a human – He is God manifest in the flesh of man Who became a voluntary substitutionary sacrifice for us ALL – once and for all – Hebrews 1:3, 10:12. Mr Harris mis-quotes scripture by leaving out the essential “begotten”, and also quotes the chapter and verse without looking at his notes to give the impression that he knows the Bible and knows what’s in it.

10:07“so that none need suffer Hell” – Jesus suffered the crucifixion and going to Hell for us – I would say that that’s pretty loving to me my friend! “except for those billions in India” – Christ died for ALL – see 02:25 and 02:30 comments.

10:19 – Whoaa! He’s finally gone! “scientific ignorance”? are you mad Sam?! The Bible has science ALL OVER IT! The founders of modern science were Christians. The science we have today is already written about in God’s word!

10:28 – Now he’s mentioning something that has NOTHING to do with the Bible – he’s deceiving the audience once again. What he’s actually talking about is Hitobashira (人柱 human pillar), practiced formerly in Japan, is a human sacrifice, buried alive under or near large-scale buildings like dams, bridges, and castles, as a prayer to the gods so that the building is not destroyed by natural disasters such as floods or by enemy attacks. Hitobashira can also refer to workers who were buried alive under inhumane conditions. Notice how he brings “children” into it again to try to confirm his opening comments.

10:53“sorts of people who wrote the Bible”? Total tosh! The man is reaching so far he puts Mister Fantastic to shame!

10:55 – Another dramatic pause.

10:59 – Now he says that the morals in Christianity are the lowest. Do saved Bible-believing Christians murder people? Do they blow people up? Do they rob from and steal from and cheat their neighbours? Do they act violently towards people and deliberately go out to cause pain and suffering to their fellow man and woman? If there are people like this, then please tell me who they are Mr Harris.


Closing remarks

Now, I know that if any unrepentant, rebellious atheist sees my responses here they would still dismiss everything I’ve said, because they will just say that I’m quoting the Bible and they don’t believe the Bible – and that’s absolutely fine with me. But just because someone does NOT believe the Bible, does NOT mean that it is untrue. And we must remember, that the reason why we reference the Bible is because the Bible has NEVER been proven wrong on ANYTHING! We are well within our rights to reference the Bible just like an atheist can reference his/her science books if they want to.

NO ONE has ever found a fault in the word of God – the Authorized Version King James Holy Bible. And THAT’S why your ‘atheist apologists’ (yes, atheism IS a religion – they are their own god and it’s based on their faith of nothing) can only come out with PERSONAL OPINIONS and JUDGMENTS on how God should act, what He should do, why He’s so “nasty” and “unloving”, and, and, and. That’s all they can do, because they are in direct rebellion to their Creator.

Atheists hate Jesus Christ, and therefore they hate Christians (John 15:18; Luke 21:17). And that’s the real motive as to why they spend their one life trying to convince people that there is no God.

As with ALL atheists, something happened to Mr Harris during his life that took him away from the belief in God. No child is born an atheist. Belief in God is educated OUT of children (by parents or schools) as they grow up. I do pray that Mr Harris humbles himself at some point, and sees that there IS a Creator – the God of the Bible who loves him and invites him to eternal life in Heaven by the Lord Jesus Christ. Otherwise he WILL burn in the very Hell for which he claims there is no evidence.

But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. – Matthew 5:44-45.

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How you became a Christian; to be eternally saved


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When you were born, you belonged to God in your innocence…

  • Then one day your conscience awakened to the fact that the wrong things you did were sins against God.
  • Your sins were imputed to you, and you were reckoned a child of disobedience and a child of wrath (Ephesians 2: 1-4).
  • Jesus, having paid the price for your sin to satisfy God’s wrath, sent his Holy Spirit to you to convict you of your sin and to reveal the Gospel to you.
  • Upon believing the Gospel and receiving Christ as your Saviour, the payment for your sin is applied to you.
  • You are freed from the body of sin and the penalty of the Law.
  • You are placed into Jesus Christ and received back into the family of God as a brother of the Saviour.
  • God the Father treats you now just as He treats His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ

If you are a professing Christian and you have continual doubts about your salvation, then you need to spend time reading through the Pauline epistles. Go through them at least 3 times before you go back and read through the entire New Testament.

The only problems you might have are:

  1. If you are depending on anything else besides Jesus Christ for salvation. The Holy Spirit won’t give you assurance of salvation if you are trusting Jesus Christ and your good works or Jesus Christ and your baptism or Jesus Christ and your church membership.
  2. If you have besetting, unconfessed sin or a love for the world that you won’t give up. Those things strengthen the old nature and weaken your new nature. You are not near enough to God to hear what He is saying.
  3. If you are giving more credence to your feelings than to the facts of Scripture. Feelings lie; the Scriptures don’t.
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Some clear verses showing Jesus is God


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Jesus said He is God many times in t he New Testament. Jesus is all over the Old Testament. Jesus fulfilled ALL the Messianic prophecies.

Isaiah 9:6-7

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.

John 1:1 and 14

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God … And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

John 8:58

Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.

Acts 20:28

Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.

1 Timothy 3:16

And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.

1 John 5:7

For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.

1 John 3:16

Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.

John 14:6

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Philippians 2:6-11

Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

1 Timothy 1:1

Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the commandment of God our Saviour, and Lord Jesus Christ, which is our hope;

1 Timothy 2:3

For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;

Titus 1:4

To Titus, mine own son after the common faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour.

1 John 5:20

And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.

And many, many, many, many ….. more!

 

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Some helpful Bible verses for situations


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Afraid of circumstances

  • Mark 4:35-41
  • Romans 8:28
  • Isaiah 41:10 & 13
  • Psalms 139:8-10

Afraid of people (see also ‘Bullied’)

  • Psalms 56:9-11
  • Psalms 62:5-8
  • Psalms 27:1-3

Afraid of persecution

  • Matthew 5:11, 12
  • Hebrews 13:6-8

Afraid of the future

  • Matthew 6:25-34
  • Psalms 23
  • Psalms 55:22

Angry with people

  • Ephesians 4:29-32
  • James 1:19, 20
  • Colossians 3:12-14
  • 1 John 2:9-11

Anxious (see ‘Worried’)

Apathetic or complacent

  • John 3:17, 18, 35, 36
  • Revelation 3:15-18
  • Romans 3:22-24
  • Romans 6:23

Away from home

  • Proverbs 3:1-7
  • Psalms 91
  • Psalms 121

Bereaved (see ‘Coping with a death’)

Bitter or critical

  • Matthew 7:1-5
  • Matthew 6:14, 15
  • Hebrews 12:14, 15
  • Ephesians 4:32

Blaming God

  • Job 22:21
  • 2 Samuel 22:31
  • Jeremiah 29:11
  • Proverbs 19:3

Broken-hearted

  • Psalms 34:17, 18
  • Psalms 147:3

Bullied (see also ‘Afraid of people’)

  • Psalms 91:9-16
  • Joshua 1:9
  • Psalms 37:7-9

Choosing a career

  • Proverbs 16:3, 9
  • Romans 12:1, 2
  • Psalms 37:3-7

Conscious of sin

  • 1 John 1:5-10
  • Romans 6:23
  • Psalms 25:4-11
  • Psalms 51

Considering marriage

  • Matthew 19:4-6
  • Ephesians 5:22-33
  • Hebrews 13:4

Contemplating revenge

  • Romans 12:17-19
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:15

Coping with death (bereaved)

  • 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
  • Romans 8:38, 39
  • John 3:15, 16
  • John 14:1-4

Coping with failure

  • Hebrews 4:14-16
  • Psalms 73:26

Desperate (at your wits end)

  • Psalms 62:5-8
  • Psalms 55:22
  • 2 Corinthians 1:8-11

Distressed or troubled

  • 2 Corinthians 4:8, 9, 16-18
  • Psalms 9:9, 10
  • Romans 8:28-39
  • 2 Corinthians 1:3, 4

Doubting (see ‘Faith is weak’ and ‘Sceptical’)

  • Mark 9:17-24
  • John 20:24-31
  • John 4:50
  • 1 Corinthians 1:18-25

Envious (see also ‘Jealous’)

  • Galatians 5:22-26
  • James 3:13-16
  • Philippians 4:12, 13

Facing death

  • John 3:16
  • John 14:1-3
  • Psalms 23:4
  • 2 Timothy 4:6-8

Faith is weak (see also ‘Doubting’ and ‘Sceptical’)

  • Luke 12:22-31
  • John 14:13, 14
  • Hebrews 11
  • Matthew 8:5-13

Far from God

  • Psalms 145:17-20
  • James 4:7-10
  • Acts 17:22-28

Feeling hurt

  • 1 Peter 5:7
  • Psalms 27:13, 14
  • Hebrews 12:2, 3

Feeling inadequate

  • 1 Corinthians 1:20-31
  • 2 Corinthians 12:9, 10
  • Philippians 4:12, 13
  • Isaiah 40:28-31

Feeling lost or unwanted

  • Psalms 107:4-9
  • Luke 15:11-24
  • Luke 19:10
  • Hebrews 13:5, 6

Feeling self-righteous

  • Luke 18:9-14
  • Ephesians 2:8, 9
  • Romans 3:9-12, 21-24
  • Titus 3:3-7

Friends fail

  • 2 Timothy 4:16-18
  • Luke 17:3, 4
  • Psalms 34:18, 19
  • Deuteronomy 33:27

Ill or in pain

  • James 5:14-16
  • 2 Corinthians 12:9, 10
  • Psalms 103:1-5

In danger or threatened (see also ‘Bullied’)

  • Psalms 27:1
  • Mark 4:35-41
  • Proverbs 18:10
  • 1 Peter 3:13-17

Insulted

  • Proverbs 12:16
  • Romans 15:3, 4
  • 1 Peter 2:23

Intimidated

  • Proverbs 29:25
  • Joshua 1:9
  • Psalms 3:1-3
  • Psalms 71:1-3

Jealous (see also ‘Envious’)

  • 1 Timothy 6:6-10
  • Matthew 6:33
  • 1 John 2:15-17

Lonely

  • Psalms 23
  • Deuteronomy 31:8
  • Hebrews 13:5

Looking for a job/made redundant

  • Philippians 4:11-13
  • Proverbs 16:3, 9
  • Isaiah 48:17
  • Jeremiah 29:11

Needing comfort

  • Psalms 34:18, 19
  • 2 Corinthians 1:3, 4

Needing guidance

  • Proverbs 3:5, 6
  • Romans 12:1, 2
  • James 1:5-8
  • Psalms 32:8-10

Needing peace

  • John 14:27
  • Philippians 4:4-9
  • Romans 5:1-5
  • Isaiah 26:3, 4

Newly retired

  • Proverbs 16:3
  • Matthew 6:25-34
  • Philippians 4:12
  • Isaiah 46:4

Praying

  • 1 John 5:14, 15
  • John 14:12-14
  • Luke 11:1-13
  • Psalms 66:16-20

Resentful (see also ‘Bitter or critical’)

  • 2 Timothy 2:22-24
  • Proverbs 3:11, 12

Sceptical (see also ‘Doubting’ and ‘Faith is weak’)

  • Luke 24:36-49
  • John 6:35-40
  • John 10:25-30

Sleepless

  • Matthew 11:28-30
  • 1 Peter 5:6, 7
  • Proverbs 3:21-26:5
  • Psalms 4:8

Stressed (see also ‘Worried’)

  • Matthew 6:25-27, 34
  • 1 Peter 5:7
  • John 14:1
  • Isaiah 40:31

Tempted to: (see separate section below)

Thankful

  • Psalms 100
  • 2 Corinthians 9:10-12 & 15
  • Colossians 3:15
  • Colossians 2:6, 7

Unemployed (see ‘Looking for a job/made redundant’)

Weary

  • Matthew 11:28-30
  • 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
  • Philippians 4:13
  • Isaiah 40:28-31

Witnessing

  • Acts 1:8
  • 1 Peter 3:15
  • Matthew 10:32, 33
  • Romans 10:8-10

Worried (see also ‘Stressed’)

  • Philippians 4:6, 7
  • Nahum 1:7
  • Psalms 46
  • Isaiah 43:1-3

Tempted to …

Commit suicide

  • 1 Corinthians 10:13
  • 1 Corinthians 6:19, 20
  • Psalms 34:6
  • Psalms 31:9, 10, 14-16

Divorce

  • Mark 10:1-12
  • Romans 7:1-3
  • Malachi 2:15, 16

Drink abuse

  • Ephesians 5:18
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:6-8
  • 1 Corinthians 10:12, 13, 31
  • Proverbs 20:1

Drug abuse

  • 2 Peter 2:19
  • Romans 13:13, 14
  • Proverbs 25:28
  • Proverbs 14:12

Lie

  • Proverbs 6:16-19
  • Proverbs 19:9
  • Ephesians 4:22-25
  • Revelation 21:8

Sexual immorality

  • Galatians 5:19-24
  • 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8
  • 1 Corinthians 6:9, 10

Steal

  • Exodus 20:15
  • Romans 13:8-10
  • Ephesians 4:28
    Hebrews 13:5
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50 Reasons Why a Saved Christian Can Never Be Lost


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READ: Romans 5:1-5 and 1 Peter 1:6.

As a SAVED Christian you can NEVER lose your salvation. It is a free gift from God, which He can never take back. No matter what trials, tribulations, and persecutions you go through in this life, it does NOT affect your standing in Christ.

There are so many Christians today who live in fear of losing their salvation. Perhaps they have heard it said from false teachers that “if you keep sinning then you are not really saved!”, or the Christian believes that God is still angry with them for some reason (and that He didn’t really save them in the first place) and will send them to Hell anyway, or, most probably, they have not read and studied the true word of God and don’t know what the Bible actually says. Whatever the case may be, it is unscriptural to say or think that a Christian can lose their salvation once they are saved.

Below are just 50 reasons why a saved Christian can never be lost (unsaved) again. There are many other verses for each of these 50, and indeed many other reasons, but this should be enough to show you that you are eternally secure in Christ once you are saved.

1. Eternal life is eternal

John 3:15, 10:28; Romans 6:23; 1 John 2:25, 5:11 & 13 – ‘Eternal’ means never ending. Once you have eternal life it can never be taken away. If it could be it would not be eternal.

2. Everlasting life is everlasting

Daniel 12:2; John 3:16 & 36, 5:24, 6:40 & 47; Romans 6:22 – Everlasting life can never end. It is everlasting regardless of your behaviour.

3. It is God’s Will

John 6:39 – It is God’s will that Christ lose none of those who come to Him.

4. Heaven is reserved for you

1 Peter 1:4 – An inheritance in heaven is reserved for you.

5. Salvation (inheritance) is incorruptible

1 Peter 1:4 – No one can corrupt something God has made incorruptible.

6. Salvation (inheritance) cannot be defiled

1 Peter 1:4 – No one can defile something which God says cannot be defiled.

7. You are sealed by the Holy Spirit

Ephesians 1:13 – No power in Heaven or earth can break God’s seal.

8. You are sealed unto the Day of Redemption

Ephesians 4:30 – You are sealed until the day God redeems your body.

9. Holy Spirit will abide forever

John 14:16-17 – The indwelling of the Holy Spirit is permanent.

10. You are preserved forever

Psalms 37:28 – God preserves you forever.

11. You are born of God

John 1:12-13 – You actually become God’s child and cannot be “unborn”.

12. You are a new creature

2 Corinthians 5:17 – God has made you a new creature and no one can “uncreate” you.

13. You are created in Christ Jeusus

Ephesians 2:10 – You were created in your Saviour.

14. You are preserved unto the Heavenly Kingdom

2 Timothy 4:18 – You are preserved like Paul since God is no respecter of persons.

15. You are kept by the power of God

1 Peter 1:5 – Since God is keeping you, you cannot fall from salvation.

16. Christ has prayed for you

John 17:11 – Jesus prayed that God would keep all who He had given Him.

17. Works cannot affect your salvation

Romans 11:6 – Salvation is not gained by works, so it cannot be lost by works.

18. Your faith is counted for righteousness

Romans 4:5 – It is faith which brings salvation to you.

19. Nothing can separate you from the love of Christ

Romans 8:38-39 – Nothing material, immaterial, past, present, or future can separate you from Christ’s love.

20. Salvation is of the Lord

Jonah 2:9 – Salvation is all God’s work. He bought it and provided it.

21. God is able to keep you

2 Timothy 1:12 – Your salvation rests on God’s omnipotent ability to keep you.

22. You are promised not to come into condemnation

John 5:24 – This promise would be broken if even one believer fell into eternal condemnation.

23. You are promised to never perish

John 10:27-28 – You have an unconditional promise to never perish.

24. You will never be cast out

John 6:37 – Under no condition will you be cast out from Christ or Heaven.

25. All things work together for good to you

Romans 8:28 – It would not be good for one to lose his salvation.

26. You are in Christ’s hand

John 10:28 – You are in your Saviour’s Hand.

27. You are in the Father’s hand

John 10:29-30 – You are in your heavenly Father’s Hand.

28. You are, and always will be, a sheep

John 10:27-28 – A sheep represents a saved person and cannot change from being one.

29. God’s mercy never dies

Titus 3:5 – You are saved by God’s mercy and it endures forever (Ps. 136).

30. God cannot lie

Titus 1:2 – Once God saved you, He cannot go back on His word.

31. Your sins are gone forever

Psalms 103:12; Micah 7:19; Isaiah 38:17, 44:22; Hebrews 10:17 – Your sins are gone.

32. You shall be like Christ

1 John 3:2 – It is a certainty that you will be like Christ.

33. God sees you as already glorified

Romans 8:30 – You are as good as glorified in God’s sight.

34. You are born of incorruptible seed

1 Peter 1:23 – Your new birth was from incorruptible seed.

35. You will appear with Christ in glory

Colossians 3:4 – You are promised to appear with Christ when He returns.

36. You are hidden in Christ

Colossians 3:3 – You are dead to the world and alive in Christ.

37. You are dead to and freed from sin

Romans 6:2-7 – Sin can no longer affect your destiny. You are freed from it.

38. The Lord is now praying for you

Hebrews 7:25 – The Lord is presently interceding in your behalf.

39. God will finish what He started

Philippians 1:6 – God began the work of salvation and will finish it.

40. You have eternal redemption

Hebrews 9:12 – You have been eternally redeemed from your sins.

41. Your life is Christ’s life

Colossians 3:4 – Your life is Christ’s very own life, so how could it be lost?

42. You have an everlasting covenant with God

Hebrews 13:20 – God made a covenant to give you everlasting life.

43. You are kept by Christ from falling

Jude 24 – You cannot fall from grace because Christ is keeping you.

44. Salvation is a free gift

Romans 6:23 – A free gift is given with no conditions.

45. You have imputed righteousness

Romans 4:6-7 – The righteousness you have is Christ’s perfect righteousness.

46. You are a part of Christ

Ephesians 5:30 – You are a part of Christ’s body. “Bone of His bone….”

47. Christ is the Author and Finisher of your salvation

Hebrews 12:2 – Christ began and will finish your salvation.

48. You have been predestinated to be conformed to Christ’s image

Romans 8:29 – After salvation you are predestinated.

49. Christ’s blood has made peace for you

Colossians 1:20 – You have peace with God through the blood.

50. The Bible was written so you could believe and know

1 John 5:13 – You can know you HAVE ETERNAL SALVATION!

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A Christian and Doubt


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READ: Matthew 2:17-18 with Jeremiah 31:15; Matthew 16:13-16 with Jeremiah 27:3-10

Christians can have (and suffer from) hard times, doubts, difficulties, despair, and spiritual darkness. It is not easy being a saved believer. The same ‘feelings’ were true about Jeremiah too, and also John the Baptist.

READ: Mat. 11:2-3; Luke 7:18-23.

They had times of confusion, personal pain, and despair, but they were very aware of their great tasks from God too.

READ: Matthew 16:14.

People saw Jesus as another lonely prophet, but a man ready to suffer for his faith too.

  • Do YOU suffer for your faith?
  • Are you READY to suffer for Christ?
  • Are you willing to take RISKS for Him?

They only saw part of the truth. Jesus is God’ only begotten Son, and through His mercy and grace He had stepped into time to help His creation with their great needs. He came to die on the cross. He came to save us all from the results our sins.

At that time, they could not know or understand the full purpose of Christ’s task on earth, but they did recognise that He was a prophet. And although He had always had the relationship with the Father in Heaven, Jesus knew moments of ‘darkness’ in his life.

READ: Psalms 69 – for a glimpse of the childhood of Jesus.

Garden of Gethsemane (Luke 22:41-46) – Jesus knew the awful type of death that he would have to endure, and the physical pain that would come with it. But even worse would be that He would have to become sin for us (2 Corinthians 5:21 – for the whole world past, present, and future).

  • Why would YOU have never been able to endure this?

On the cross (Mark 15:34) – Jesus cried out in terrible pain, and more so because God the Father could not look upon Him when He became sin for us.

  • How do YOU feel when you fear that God was no longer near you?

The Old Testament saints had doubts

Jeremiah was just one of many. His messages had special value in two ways.

  1. He understood how great God is, and his messages to the people showed this.
  2. His personal life of prayer – the ‘Confessions of Jeremiah’.

READ: Jeremiah 11:18-23; 12:1-6; 15:10-21; 17:9-10, 14-18; 18:18-23 and 20:7-18.

Jeremiah was not in front of the people; he was on his knees in front of God, crying out in pain and despair. He could not understand his suffering, and thought his messages were a failure. Then, he thought that God himself did not care about him.

In these verses, Jeremiah seems very real. They show a loyal man of God in a powerful struggle with his enemies, both inside and outside himself. When he had talked with God, he could speak to the people, and give strong messages from God, without fear.

God called him to a very difficult task. He had a hard message to give to the people, and he had to declare it very clearly. He must tell his people that punishment would come soon (Jeremiah 1:14-17). Because of his type of character, and that he allowed things to affect him with his strong imagination, he realised just how awful that punishment would be (Jeremiah 4:19-31).

  • What similarities do YOU see today with regards to the Christian message to the lost world?

‘Jeremiah’s’ message was not popular. The society that he gave it to was content, and were happy with things as they were. They felt that their religion made them safe, and that was what made his task much harder.

There were many false prophets at that time, and the people liked them. Why? Because false prophets say that there is nothing wrong, and there is no reason to be anxious for anything; everything is all fine!

READ: Jeremiah 5:11-14, 30-31 and 6:13-14.

God’s people tried to make themselves feel better too. Ceremonies of their religion made them feel safe, but if there is no true love for God and truth, then ceremonies have no meaning (Jeremiah 7:5-6).

  • What similarities do YOU see today with regards to so-called ‘Christian’ worship and ceremonies?

So, Jeremiah had a very hard task, and he did not want to do it (Jeremiah 1:6-8; 20:7-10). And Jeremiah suffered at times with the problem of doubt.

Jeremiah suffered pain and despair

He never doubted that God was real, but at times he seemed to doubt the sovereignty of God.

Meaning: ‘sovereignty’ is God’s absolute right to rule everything in the way that he chooses. He always does things that fit with who He is, and He will never act in any other way; so, we can trust his sovereignty completely.

Jeremiah was called into His service, and at times, he seemed to feel that God was unfair in calling him into service (Jeremiah 20:7-8). A few times, Jeremiah wished that he had never come into the world (Jeremiah 15:10; 20:14-18). This showed that he did not understand how God rules over people.

God’s rule involves practical things, an it also has spiritual importance. At times, Jeremiah had a glimpse of these great truths – one was in Jeremiah 17:12 when he speaks about God’s throne (king’s special chair).

Someone may doubt that God exists, because they may have doubts about what God is like or how He acts. The person may have asked, ‘Why does this trouble happen to me?’, which is a natural question, but it can lead him to doubt God’s sovereignty.

We must turn to the Bible for immediate help, as it will stop doubt when it begins. If we fail to do this, the devil will use our lack of certainty, to take away ALL our certainties. We will doubt God’s sovereignty, and perhaps may even doubt that God exists – “Perhaps God does not really care. Perhaps God is not really there”.

So, we must put our confidence in God’s word. Our God rules and is All-Powerful (Revelation 19:6). This is a wonderful fact, which never changes. It remains true whatever happens, and whatever feelings we may have.

  • What happened the last time you allowed YOUR ‘feelings’ to control your life?

Doubt is often not the only problem

We must be honest about this. Doubt often comes when we have let other matters control our lives. This means that we have lost our trust in God’s sovereignty. So, the difficulties in life seem to be very great, and then we begin to doubt God’s love.

This happened in Jeremiah’s life. At the beginning of his work for God, he was very brave. He accused the people of turning away from God, then he was feeling full of despair. He cried to God in Jeremiah 15:18. Maybe there were some serious weaknesses in the prophet’s spiritual life. These things would allow doubts to enter his mind, which would lead to a lack of certainty.

He felt disappointed

His work for God seemed to be a complete failure (Jeremiah 7:25-28 and 13:15-17). He would have been so happy if people had returned to the Lord, but this did not happen.

There is an important lesson for us here. God may give us some work to do for Him, and we must be loyal and continue the work whatever happens (like the preachers on the streets who no one listens to). This is more important than success – when results are more important to us, we are in danger, as we can stop wanting to bring honour to God, and start trying to prove our own worth instead.

He felt bitter

This often follows on from disappointment. God has not worked in the way that we hoped or planned. Jeremiah felt like this in Jeremiah 20:7-8.

He felt pity for himself

This was the next wrong thing. Jeremiah felt very miserable, and nobody seemed to know or care about his feelings. He was very, very lonely (Jeremiah 15:17-18; 16:2-9), and he suffered more stress than most of us will ever have. Perhaps this stress caused his character to become weaker.

It was a terrible time for Jeremiah, but he went back to have true faith in God. He realised that God could supply all his needs, and his experience can help us. We may have doubts too, and we might have a similar difficulty, but there are things that we can do.

Allow God to examine and show us all parts of our lives

READ: Jeremiah 12:3; 15:19 and 17:9-10 are important here.

All Jeremiah’s thoughts were about the nation. He was concentrating on the people’s ‘return’ to God, but God said to him that if he returned, then he could serve him. Jeremiah was full of pain and despair, and God came to him and reminded him about his job. He had to help people to change, and NOT change himself and become like the people (Jeremiah 15:19).

Remember God’s great promises in the past

READ: Jeremiah 15:20 with 1:18, 19.

God had spoken some great words to Jeremiah at the beginning of his work. Jeremiah’s job was going to be very hard, but God encouraged him. Later, Jeremiah had doubts, and he was suffering very much. Then God spoke the same words to him again.

You may have forgotten a great promise of God, which helped you in the past. So, listen to the same Bible words again, and trust His great promises. He will give you strength and protection, and best of all, God himself will always be with you.

Trust God completely, whatever our feelings

We may feel that God has gone away from us. At first, this is a matter of discipline (Jeremiah 17:5-13). Jeremiah realises and sees that it is foolish to go to anyone else for help.

Do not let your heart go away from the Lord. This is how Jeremiah would say it. You might feel that God has left you, but He has not. Let your hope be in the Lord (Jeremiah 17:7). Your life may be hard, but look to Him (Jeremiah 17:8), and trust in His promises as they do not change.

READ: 1 Peter 1:4; Joshua 21:45; 23:14; 1 Kings 8:56 and Numbers 23:19.

Recognise again the sovereignty of God

READ: Jeremiah 17:12.

Perhaps your life is not what you wanted it to be, but what God wants is always best – remember Romans 8:28. Something happens when we recognise His sovereignty; we are sure about God again (Jeremiah 17:13). Jeremiah had stopped believing and trusting God, and then he started to trust God again. The Lord really is like ‘a supply of fresh water’ (Jeremiah 15:18 and 2:13).

Continue to pray

You must do this even when you do not feel like it. You may not be sure that prayer is worthwhile, but you must still pray.

This was the great thing about Jeremiah. Even at his worst times, he continued to pray. Sometimes it seemed that he only complained to God, but he continued to pray. Nothing stopped him.

READ: Jeremiah 12:1-3; 15:15; 17:14 and 20:7-12.

Jeremiah prayed clearly and in an honest way. Often, we are sad about our difficulties, problems and doubts; do not keep your feelings out of your prayers. Someone well said, “To deal with doubt you must let it get out!”

BELIEVE that a better time will come! And until that time, prove the worth of the faith that you once had. We can all know that God will never leave us.

For Group/Family Discussion


Believers might be having hard times, and are not sure that they can rely on God now, or trust Him. How would you begin to encourage and to support a believer who is like that?


Jeremiah did not want to be a prophet. He obeyed God, but he was not successful. A believer might feel sad like Jeremiah felt sad, and it might seem that he or she had failed. How would you explain a similar result today?


Jeremiah was a very sensitive man. God could have chosen someone who was tougher, stronger, and healthier – Amos was one example of someone like that (Amos 7:10-17.) Why do you think that God gave such a difficult mission to Jeremiah?


The Bible records many of Jeremiah’s personal and private prayers.

READ: Jeremiah 10:23-25; 12:1-6; 15:10-21; 17:12-18; 20:7-18 and 32:16-25).

Why do you think that these prayers are in the Bible for us? Do they give a message to a believer who is having hard times? If yes, what is it?


You might meet a Christian worker who is feeling sad. Perhaps there is not much encouragement or success in their work. How might you use Jeremiah’s story to remind them about the things that matter most?

Further Study


God said that he would be Jeremiah’s strong protection (Jeremiah 1:18-19; 15:20), but this sensitive man knew that there were plots to kill him (Jeremiah 11:18-1), and many other bad things happened to him:His enemies opposed him in a fierce way (Jeremiah 18:18).

– They beat him and they locked his hands and his feet in large blocks of wood (Jeremiah 20:1-2).
– They laughed at him (Jeremiah 20:7-10).
– They threatened to kill him (Jeremiah 26:1-24).
– They put him in prison (Jeremiah 37:16).
– They threw him into a deep, muddy pit (Jeremiah 38: 1-13). God had given him a wonderful promise (Jeremiah 15:20). So why did he have such terrible experiences?


The people trusted in visible signs of their faith (Jeremiah 3:16; 7:1-6, 21-23; 8:8-9 and 9:25-26). The signs should point to the meaning of certain things, so why do people rely on the signs instead of on their meaning?For example, in some societies people turn to religion on special occasions – births, marriages, death. But they do not think about religion or about God for the rest of life. How can we explain that? There is a desire for the things of God at these special times, but we want people to have something that is more significant, and something that will last. So how can we use these desires in the best way?


Jeremiah expressed his anger in some of his prayers (Jeremiah 18:19-23 for example). Perhaps it was only on rare occasions, and we can understand it completely. People treated him very badly. They rejected him, and he was very lonely for many years. But why is the story of such terrible pain still there for us to read? What can we learn from prayers that are like this, and how might Jesus want us to think and to pray in a different way?

READ: Luke 6:27-28; 23:34; Acts 7:60; Romans 12:14 and 1 Peter 2:23).