A. A SIGN OF THE TIMES
1. I recently saw the movie TITANIC.
2. This movie is a fictional story based on the facts concerning the sinking of the Titanic.
3. The Titanic was called an "unsinkable ship."
4. There were those who said, "Not even God Himself could sink the Titanic."
5. Man had come to the conclusion that he was in charge of his own destiny.
6. There was no longer any fear of the elements.
7. There was no longer any fear of the deep, dark oceans.
8. It was believed that man's intelligence and wisdom could conquer the universe!
9. This was the spirit of the day.
B. AN UNSINKABLE SHIP?
1. The owners, the builders, and the news media, had all claimed that the Titanic was unsinkable.
2. Man was saying, "We don't need God's protection. We've built an unsinkable ship!"
3. Man was saying, "We don't need God's help. We don't need God at all anymore!"
4. But, a strange thing happened to that unsinkable ship.
5. It sank on its first voyage out to sea.
6. It became a spectacle to tell the world, "Maybe we still need God after all!"
7. Psa. 108:12 says, "Vain is the help of man."
C. THE FATEFUL NIGHT
1. On the night of April 14, 1912, at 11:40 p.m., the greatest maritime disaster in history
began to unfold.
2. The great Titanic, pride of the White Star Fleet and of the United States, was approaching
3. First Officer Murdoch ordered the engines stopped, then reversed at the same time
as ordering Hard-a-Starboard, this action caused the Titanic to turn to Port.
4. The iceberg glanced the side of the ship causing her plates to buckle and rivets to pop
below the water line 300 feet in length.
5. The Titanic was doomed.
6. There were 322 first class passengers, 277 second class passengers, 709 third class
passengers, and 898 crew members for a total of 2,206 people on board the ship
when the Titanic struck the iceberg.
7. The first ever S.O.S from an Ocean Liner was sent out.
8. Although the California was only minutes away, the Carpathia, which was nearly 58 miles
away, would be the first to arrive.
9. The unsinkable Titanic broke in two and went under at 2:40 am April 15, 1912 with over two
thirds of the people still on board.
10. Eventually 705 passengers and crew were rescued by the Carpathia.
11. Over 1500 people went to an icy grave that night.
I. A FALSE SENSE OF SECURITY
A. THE WORLD'S MOST LUXURIOUS SHIP
1. For her maiden voyage the Titanic had received world-wide publicity as the world's largest
and most luxurious ship ever.
2. She was billed as the safest of all ocean-going crafts.
3. Never before had a crew and passengers been so secure on a sea-going vessel.
4. No ship was as luxurious as the Titanic.
5. The Titanic had:
a. Tennis courts
b. A gymnasium
c. Ball rooms
d. It even had elevators (that was really something in 1912).
6. The Titanic had all of these accommodations, but not enough lifeboats!
7. They had a false sense of security.
B. A KNOWLEDGEABLE CROWD
1. The passengers on this ship were' world-famous.
2. There were men with incredible fortunes on board the Titanic.
3. There was John Jacob Astor, one of the world's most wealthy men
a. His fortune was estimated at $150,000,000
b. He was returning from a trip to Egypt with his pregnant teenage bride.
4. There was Major Archibald Butt, the military aid to President Taft.
5. There was Benjamin Gugenheim of the American Smelting and Refining Company,
6. There was Isadore Strauss, the famous clothing merchant worth $50,000,000.
7. There was Jay Bruce Ismay, owner of the International Mercantile Marine Company,
a. He was worth $40,000,000.
b. One string of his wife's pearls was worth $250,000.
c. Today it would perhaps be worth $1,000,000
8. These brilliant men, as they walked calmly on that ship, were a sign to all that everything
9. The Titanic had all of these wise and knowledgeable men, but not enough life boats.
10. They had a false sense of security.
C. AN EXPENSIVE RIDE
1. The Titanic was an expensive ride.
2. The best suites were reserved for $4,300.
3. A suite without a private promenade went for $2,300.
4. That was big money then (it would be pretty big money even today).
5. These were the most expensive transatlantic accommodations ever offered.
6. One would expect for that kind of price that everything would be taken care of.
7. But, there were not enough lifeboats!
8. They had a false sense of security.
D. THE WORLD'S LARGEST SHIP
1. The Titanic was the largest marine vessel in the world at that time.
2. It was 882 1/2 feet long, three or four city blocks.
3. The anchors weighed 15 1/2 tons, with each chain link weighing 175 pounds!
4. It had a double bottom 5 feet thick to insure additional safety.
5. There were nine decks on the Titanic.
6. Below the top most boat deck were decks A, B, C, D, E, F, and G.
7. Below G deck were the boiler rooms and holds etc.
8. The hull was divided into sixteen water tight compartments by means of fifteen water tight
bulkheads extending up through deck F.
9. Heavy water tight doors provided communication between bulkheads during normal operation,
these were electrically operated and also had a floatation mechanism for automatic closing.
10. The Titanic was designed to remain afloat with any two compartments flooded, possibly
three, enabling her to withstand a collision at the joint of two compartments.
11. It was widely regarded that such "Olympic Class" liners as the Titanic were unsinkable
and were themselves life boats.
12. There was no ship that ever gave her passengers more confidence.
13. There was no ship that ever made her passengers feel more secure.
14. All seemed well as the Titanic sailed through the blue waters of the North Atlantic.
15. But, they would soon discover that their sense of security was false.
E. THE TIME OF TESTING
1. On April 14, 1912 at about 11:35 p.m. there were three warnings sent from the crow's nest
that ice had been spotted.
2. The first two messages were ignored.
3. Finally, the officer picked up the phone but it was too late.
4. A great portion of the passengers were drinking, dancing, gambling and having a great
time, unaware that the ship would soon sink.
5. A group of gamblers went on deck to look around and returned to their cards to sink
with the ship.
6. Even after they were warned, many went on to bed with confidence in the Titanic's ability
to stay afloat.
7. Others joked about the life preservers, with some actually putting the life belts on and dancing
around the deck while others stood back and laughed.
8. Others refused to put the life preservers on because they said they didn't want to get dirty and
mess up their gowns.
9. Some were urged to get into the boats and they said, "Why should we get into the boats and
go out into the cold night, when we'll just be coming back on board in a few minutes?"
10. Many of them laughed when the porters and stewards tried to warn them that the ship was
going to go down.
F. THE DAY OF JUDGMENT
1. Friends, many today are laughing at the old-time religion.
2. Many today are laughing at the thought of meeting Christ.
3. Someone asked John Jacob Astor, "Man, where is your life belt?"
4. Mr. Astor replied, "I didn't think I would need it."
5. Many today have a false security based on what they see in the world.
6. But, at the Great White Throne judgment, they will stand before God and the question will be,
"What did you do with Jesus?"
7. They will say, "I didn't think I'd need Him."
II. MORE COULD HAVE BEEN SAVED
A. MANY LIFEBOATS WERE OVER HALF EMPTY
1. Many of the people would have been saved had they gotten into the lifeboats.
2. Lifeboat after lifeboat pulled away from the ship with only 10, 12, 15, when they had a
capacity of nearly 60.
3. The total capacity of all the life boats put together was 1100 souls.
4. Only 705 people could be convinced to get into the life boats.
B. PEOPLE REFUSED TO GET IN THE LIFE BOATS
1. Many of those boats pulled away with only a few people in them.
2. This was not because they didn't have room for more, but because people wouldn't get
3. They wouldn't believe that the ship was going to sink.
C. MORE CAN BE SAVED FROM HELL
1. There are many today who would take Christ as Savior if they really believed that there
was any need.
2. If they only knew that they were headed for an eternal Hell, they would accept Jesus.
3. If they only knew they could miss Hell and gain Heaven, they would accept Jesus.
4. There would be many more in our churches today if they really believed what the Bible
says about eternity.
III. FAMILIES WERE SEPARATED
A. THE PARTING WAS HORRIBLE
1. When I watched the movie, it brought tears to my eyes to see a daddy put his little red
haired daughter in a life boat, knowing he was probably going to die on board the ship
and never see her again.
2. Eyewitnesses say that the historical parting of families on that fateful day was horrible.
3. Women were torn from their husbands.
4. Children were literally snatched from their parents' arms and in many instances, thrown
into the lifeboats.
5. Husbands and wives stood clutching each other as the ship went down.
B. WHAT LOVE IS THIS?
1. One eyewitness of the real event said that a man was holding onto his 12 year old son.
2. He said he didn't know how many people came and begged the man to let the boy loose
and let him get into the lifeboat.
3. Every time that man tried to push his son away, the little boy would grab him around the
waist and hold on so tightly that no one could pull him away.
4. That daddy and that little boy went down together to an icy grave.
5. When I read that eyewitness account, I thought to myself, "Can you imagine the love that
that father had for that son, to hold him like that and to go down beneath the waters together!"
6. Then, I realized that he didn't love that son as he should have.
7. If he really loved that boy, he would have literally thrown him into the lifeboat.
C. DO YOU LOVE YOUR CHILDREN?
1. The other day, I was on my way to church, and I saw a man taking His little boy fishing as
he does quite often.
2. My first thought was, "It's nice that that fellow loves his little boy enough to take him fishing."
3. Then, I thought, he doesn't really love that boy at all.
4. He may love him from the world's standpoint.
5. But, if he really loved that little boy, he would teach him what he knows about Jesus Christ
instead of about boating and fishing.
6. If he really loved that boy, he would take him to church the way he knows he ought to.
7. If he really loved that boy, he would teach him how to be saved and go to Heaven.
8. He would live right and be a good example for that boy, if he really loved him.
9. Many a man today, is going to Hell with his sons and daughters hanging to his waist.
IV. THERE WERE THOSE CLOSE BY WHO DID NOT HELP!
A. THE CALIFORNIA WAS ONLY MINUTES AWAY
1. Did you know that there was another ship only minutes away when the Titanic went down?
2. Later, at a senatorial investigation, the captain of the California was asked why he didn't
come to the rescue of a ship in distress.
3. He said, "I didn't realize the ship was sinking."
4. He was then asked why he didn't hear their cries for help.
5. He said that at midnight he had turned off the wireless and went to sleep.
6. Then he was asked if he didn't see the Titanic sinking.
7. He replied, "We didn't know it was sinking because you see, as deck by deck went below
the waters and the lights went out one by one, we thought the ship, being faster than we,
had sailed off into the night."
B. YOU ARE CLOSE TO SOME WHO ARE SINKING INTO
1. Many are sinking into Hell with a Christian only a few feet away.
2. But, the church is asleep!
3. Wake up, Church!
4. Lost men all around us are dying and going to an eternal Hell!
5. Unless we come to their rescue, it will be too late!
6. Eph 5:14-16 says, "Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give
thee light. See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time,
because the days are evil."
V. HELP FOR YOUR TROUBLED LIFE IS IMMENENT
A. THE CARPATHIA WAS ON IT'S WAY
1. Most sources agree that the Titanic collided with the iceberg at 11:40 pm and finally
sank at 2:40 am.
2. Out in the darkness, there was no moon that night, the people waited for help.
3. They wondered if anyone had heard their distress signals.
4. They wondered if anyone would arrive to help.
5. Then, at 4:10 am, only one and a half hours later, the Carpathia began picking up the first of
B. JUST AS RESCUE WAS IMMENENT FOR THEM, IT
IS FOR YOU
1. During the darkest of nights, when all hope seems lost, help is only a prayer away.
2. God is there to reach out and pull you into the warmth of His loving arms.
3. Like the lights of a ship approaching from the distance on a dark sea, He brings hope
into troubled lives.
4. He is the light in the darkness.
5. As our text says, "Vain is the help of man."
6. But, there is a savior you can depend on.
7. His name is Jesus!