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Certain or Probable Death-Which Would You Choose?

If you were given the choice between certain death and probable death, which would you choose? That was the question the four lepers asked themselves.

In 2 Kings 7:3-11, we find the story for men with leprosy sitting at the entrance of the city gate. Samaria was under siege, the Israelites were desperate. They were starving and there seemed no hope in sight.

Doesn’t that sound like the world today?

The lepers knew with the famine in the city that they would surely die if they stayed there. They decided to go over to the camp of the Aramaeans. Certainly it couldn’t be any worse.

When they reached the camp of the Aramaeans, it was deserted. They had abandoned everything. They left their tents, their riches, and all their food.

The lepers ate and drank until they were full. They gathered to help the gold and silver and anything else they could find and hid it. They continued searching the tents and gathering up the riches.

But as they were doing so, they began to feel guilty. They knew they were keeping this good news to themselves while others were suffering. They decided to they needed to report this to the palace at once.

Certain or Probable Death-Which Would You Choose?

There are lessons within the words of this passage.

Desperate Search

People are desperate, they’re searching for something. The problem is, people are searching in all the wrong places. People are looking at the Internet rather than the church.

God can use us to reach these people. He may use us to plant the seed, cultivate it, or be there for the harvest.

Discovery of Riches

Sharing about the saving grace of Jesus Christ is sharing a gift that will take you to heaven. In Ephesians 2:8, we read that we saved by grace and that it is a gift from God.

Deadly Silence

Shouldn’t we be sharing richness of God’s grace through Jesus Christ? If we don’t tell people, how will they know? We have received the greatest gift, yet, we are keeping silent.

People are dying without knowing Christ. 90 to 95% of Christians are keeping silent.

John 3:18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our LORD.

Would you tell anyone if you want $1 million?

Would you tell anyone if you were healed from a deadly disease?

Dynamic Report

We need to share what we know. We have the key to life and we can no longer keep it to ourselves.

Why do we share? Is it because you’re afraid people will think you’re a hypocrite because you’re not living life as you should? Or maybe you’re afraid you don’t know the answers. Just tell people how Jesus Christ changed your life.

What, then, can we do about this?

Pastor Rik shared this message last Sunday. But he didn’t just tell us about the lessons, he gave us some practical ways to put this message into practice.

Here is the acrostic Pastor Rik shared that would help you look at people in your life and see where you might share.


People at Work

Loved Ones

Unsaved Friends

Social Acquaintances

These are the people that we look at. But the first place to start is with prayer. Pray for someone to ask you a question so you can share the gospel. Use every opportunity. No matter what, God will use it for his glory.

I would like to take this opportunity to invite you to our worship service here at The River. It is always a beautiful day to worship the Lord!





Certain or Probable Death-Which Would You Choose?



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