Did you notice that we’re halfway through the chapter and Paul has only said one sentence? Email. Men can be cruel even when experiencing God’s mercy. Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. He didn’t focus on the circumstances and lose hope like the others, rather he focused on God and that enabled him to continue in faith. INTRODUCTION. The Immutable God. That is my prayer for you, that you would seek God with all that you have and find the peace and joy and comfort that is available through a relationship with Him. He can’t help but get in an “I told you so,” but then he proceeded to tell them that not one of them would be lost, only the ship would be destroyed. Trusting God in Times of Danger Acts 27 Introduction To the Romans, Rome was considered the center of the world. Good example numbers 1 and 2 are 1) wait on God and seek guidance from Him and 2) have faith in his plan. Paul escaped yet another attempt on his life. Subscribe. In verse 22, he urges everyone to keep up their courage, promising that there would be no loss of life among them. So after 11 days of storms, dark clouds, and no light, Luke tells us that they had given up all hope. The problem with coasting is that we’re heading downhill. But Luke explains in verse 9 that a lot of time had passed and it was now past the Day of Atonement, which meant it was late September or October and past the time of year they should be sailing. When we read… 50:30. 2. Bad weather causes a detour to Crete. Sometimes a country goes into storms because of bad leadership. The person of God is an anchor in the midst of storms. Storms that are allowed by God. Acts 27:1-44 Key verse 29 “Fearing that we would be dashed against the rocks, they dropped four anchors from the stern and prayed for daylight." It’s full of examples of night and day experiences. God can change situations and personalities. We should be more like Jesus and Paul-men who did not turn and run in the face of crisis, offense or opportunity. He didn’t have to do that, but they needed hope. 1. One thing we didn’t focus on in this passage that I want to touch on quickly is God’s presence and control of the situation. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. It’s not about the storms either. The next day they landed at Sidon, where the centurion Julius allowed Paul to go to his friends so that they could provide for his needs. Its remarkable feature is the hard and narrow places which we find intermingled with God’s most extraordinary plans and providences. Home » Sermon Manuscripts » Sermon Manuscripts 2021 » Anchors in the Storm – Acts 27. Verse 7 tells us that from there they made slow headway for many days and they finally made it to Cnidus. It is a very dangerous time in one’s Christian life. And when God revealed His plan to Paul (even though it involved yet another shipwreck for Paul) he took God at his word and trusted His plan. Contrary to Nature Pt.2. When I was an active duty member of the U.S. Coast Guard (I retired after 30 years of service), I participated in many rescues that involved a shipwreck. The God of heaven and earth. HUMOR. The local church and pastor had tried to reach them, but to no avail. When you are caught in the storms of life, don’t seek worldly council and don’t seek a vote, seek God and do what He says. The worst time to “jump ship” is when times are tough. Get In Touch. What are those details about the Perfect Storm? Storms that we bring on ourselves. Knowing that He is the Omnipotent One. Today we have another opportunity to discuss this common feeling as we read about Paul’s trip from Caesarea to Rome. As we read through this story we’re going to learn from the men on the ship how NOT to respond to the storms of life and we’re going to learn from Paul how we should respond. When the trip was delayed by the weather and they didn’t make it to a desirable location to settle for the winter, Julius wanted expert advice. In this post, I’ll focus on preaching from Acts 27. 5. 4. All Rights Reserved, #mc_embed_signup{background:#fff; clear:left; font:14px Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif; } We will find these lessons scattered throughout as we read through the chapter together. In Acts 27:13 they said, "The sun is shining, the sea is calm, and the wind is blowing in our direction; it must be the right thing." */. Verse 16 tells us that they secured the lifeboat. Media Links and Podcast ; Sermon Audio; Giving; Calvary Ventura gathers for the purpose of knowing, growing, and glorifying Jesus Christ. Don’t go crazy, don’t freak out, don’t make any rash decisions, just slow down, seek God and follow His lead, which is what is appears Paul had been doing. "Whose I am and whom I serve." Into this bleak picture, the encouraging words of the apostle Paul brought a ray of light. Surviving the Storms of Life (3 of 5) Series: Natural Disaster - Life Happens, Be Prepared Kerry Shook Acts 27:14-15 Category 1: The Pace of Life Category 2: The Passages of Life Category 3: The Problems of Life Category 4: The Pains of Life ''Before very long, a wind of hurricane force, called the 'Northeaster,' swept down from the Island. Isn’t that when we often make life changing decisions, only to look back later, and discover we made the wrong one? Sermon - “The Lord is my Shepard and That’s All I Want” Psalm 23:1-6 . Life is tough. Paul is stating his own relationship with God. Julius wasn’t concerned with prayer or seeking God’s guidance, he wanted experience, know-how, facts and figures. They didn’t care about leaving the other men on the boat. He has a plan that can fulfill all His purposes and protect His people from danger. 38-40. In the same way, when people go through severe storms in life, often they lose all hope. Acts chapter 27, in a moment we'll begin reading in verse 9. Life is not a coast. Then the soldiers cut away the ropes of the boat, and let it go. 1. The 5th installment of Rev. The ship couldn’t fight the wind, so it was carried along with it. But Paul saw what was going on and he knew that their plan was not in line with God’s plan to show His glory by saving everyone, so he told the centurion and the plan was foiled. Thursday, May 18, 2017; 3:00 PM 4:00 PM 15:00 16:00; Google Calendar ICS; Riding Out the Storm . God’s goodness will not ease the natural anger and cruelty of those who delight in blood. After the sailors had eaten enough, they lighten the ship … He hasn’t left us. For Paul’s sake, the lives of all the prisoners were spared. When the storms of life hit us unsuspectingly we typically just scramble and try to fix things ourselves don’t we? Bad decision number 1 was listening to expert worldly advice rather than godly advice. (function($) {window.fnames = new Array(); window.ftypes = new Array();fnames[0]=‘EMAIL’;ftypes[0]=‘email’;fnames[1]=‘FNAME’;ftypes[1]=‘text’;fnames[2]=‘LNAME’;ftypes[2]=‘text’;}(jQuery));var $mcj = jQuery.noConflict(true). If you continue browsing the site, you agree to the use of cookies on this website. Not only do they face the terrible dangers of the storm, but, as they drift on under the leaden skies, they hear the frightening roar of breakers in the distance. READ Acts 27:13-20 Bad Decision #3 After they had made their decision to sail on to Phoenix a gentle south wind began to blow leading the men to think that their plan was working, but once they got out onto the sea a hurricane hit. These brave sailors were in a storm that seemed to be overwhelming. Don’t despair. We go to church or a Bible study and we learn God’s will. Several times since I've been your pastor I've studied with you this wonderful chapter. Who We Are; What We Believe; Why We Believe; Know Jesus; Church Staff; Prayer Requests; Ministries; Media Center. God was protecting Paul. The self-existing One. Acts 27:1-44. In chapter 27 Luke tells us, with great detail, about an incredible storm and the ensuing shipwreck that took place on Paul’s journey to Rome. Life presents us with a splendid succession of opportunities-both good and bad-to put our faith in action. Paul believed that God offers mercy. Thank you very much. So rather than run the risk of any of the prisoners (Paul and others) escaping, the soldiers wanted to kill them before abandoning ship. We see him right from the beginning of the story. Related. Like the people of the ship, we pray, but that prayer is also our time to let down our anchors. The story of Paul’s voyage to Rome, part of which we heard in Acts 27:27-44, with its trials and triumphs, is an example of the way of faith all through the story of human life. Paul modeled not only a life of faith but a life of wisdom and gratitude. This brings us to bad decision number 3 – they tried to take matters into their own hands. The Holy God. Even in a storm, God is in control. READ Acts 27:13-20 But the centurion decided to listen to the pilot and the owner of the ship rather than Paul and they decided to sail on to Phoenix, which was a better harbor to spend winter in. It’s one thing to know and believe that we are supposed to love our enemies, but it’s another thing to be kind and gracious to someone who has spoken falsely about you. So Paul told them in verse 10 that they should just stay in Fair Havens for the winter because the voyage was going to be disastrous if they continued on. By Calendar Event. Paul recognized what they were doing, and the sailors’ plan was thwarted-for their own benefit. However, for the Jews, and for the spread of Christianity, Rome was the end of the earth. You may not feel Him, but if we feel far from Him, it’s because, L.B. Check Out Our Latest Sermon, Worship, Announcement & Welcome Backgrounds Below. The “fast” (27:9) refers to the Day of Atonement, which was in early October that year. Verse 18 tells us that they began to throw cargo overboard. Because the wind wasn’t cooperating they sailed to the lee of Crete (which meant that the island was hit by the wind first and they weren’t as affected by it). December 20. They relied on the sun and the stars to navigate their way across sea. In an effort to save the ship and their lives, they cast four anchors into the sea. He wanted to hear what the pilot of the ship and the owner of the ship had to say. Cowman, “Streams in the Desert-August 22, 2016” Retrieved from, Pastor David McGee, “Rough Waters.” Retrieved from, Pastor Rick Warren, “How Difficulty Can Make You Better, Not Bitter.” Retrieved from, Dr. Harold Sala, “Anchors.” Retrieved from. Then they sailed on to Myra where the centurion found a larger grain ship that was sailing for Italy and transferred all 276 passengers onto this vessel. After Paul’s encouragement they sailed three more days and at midnight, Paul’s words came true. December 27, 2020 . It’s one thing to know and believe that we are to love our spouse as Christ loved the church, but it’s another thing to put that into practice. He continued on to tell them to keep up their courage because he had faith in God. Sam Storms. ( Log Out /  The ship couldn’t fight the wind, so it was carried along with it. It’s not about the nail, right? There’s Purpose in the Storms (Acts 27) Acts 27. Verses 21-26 tell us how Paul responded to the storms. Sometimes we do the first two steps but fail on putting God’s Word into action. 2. And this is where we start learning from the negative example of the men on the boat. Acts 27 which speaks about a storm the apostle Paul endured towards the end of his apostolic ministry. Bad Decision #3 A. Please use these sermons as the Lord leads, but nothing on this site may be used for profit without my expressed, written permission! In an attempt to escape some sailors let down the lifeboat, but Paul told the centurion this was not in accordance with God’s plan and this time he listens to Paul’s advice. FOUR STRONG ANCHORS FOR LIFE'S STORMY SEAS. ( Log Out /  (Acts 27:27-32 RSV) Things seem to get worse and worse as this story goes on. As the story concludes we see that everything happened just as Paul told them. 1. That was God providing for Paul. He is going as a prisoner because of his appeal to Caesar. By Category. Paul believed that God would save the passengers and crew because Paul was part of God’s plan. Acts 27:14-29. He used the storm, so He can use any event. All we have to do is find them. Here, Luke writes this narrative as an eyewitness making sure the reader gets the meaning. And finally in verse 20 Luke tells us that when they hadn’t seen the sun or the stars for many days and the storm continued to rage, they all gave up hope of being saved (notice the “we” there as well). So here we finally see a good example for us to follow. Then one day Sam was bitten by a rattlesnake. Church Office Hours: Wed: 9:00am – 12:00pm Thu: 9:00am – 12:00pm. Verse 19 tells us that they threw the ships tackle overboard. No one in the family had ever attended church or had time for God. The passage from Acts teaches us three ways we shouldn’t respond: Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. There are other prisoners traveling with them. I love the 27th chapter of the book of Acts. Bad Decision #1 A. The storms of life are opportunities to grow as people, believers and followers of Jesus. Julius wasn’t a sailor; he was a centurion, a soldier. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. _____ In terms of high adventure and suspense, Acts 27 is a page-turner. Bad decision number 2 takes place in connection with this first bad decision. But the ship hit a sandbar, just as Paul told them it would, and the ship was destroyed, but every single man made it safely to land. Verse 17 tells us that they tied ropes around the ship to try to protect it from coming apart. He explains that he knows this because an angel of God stood beside him and explained that (just as Jesus had told him in 23:11) he would stand trial before Caesar and God had graciously given Paul the lives of those sailing with him. The Omniscient One. We see bad decision number 2 in verse 12. Because God promised that everyone would be saved, the sailors who were trying to save themselves were fleeing from the promise of their own protection. Four Anchors That Will Hold - Acts 27 - God, Faith, Church, Meat of Word, Bible - Paul shipwreck - free PowerPoint Sermons by Pastor Jerry Shirley Grace Baptist Church Decatur Illinois Message Bible Study Manuscripts Notes Helps Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Verse 20 told us the neither the sun nor the stars appeared for many days (we can deduce that “many days” was 11 days). Maybe like Ashley and I you already had a couple of kids in diapers and you found out you were having twins (surprise!). ( Log Out /  God often confers blessings on the wicked for the sake of their believing friends, relatives and neighbours. Verse 3 tells us that the Roman centurion showed Paul kindness by allowing him to spend time with his friends at Sidon. 2. The Storm at Sea, Acts 27:13-38. There will be a time in the life of most Christians that one will come upon a real storm. Hi Jim, Even when life’s voyages are stormy, there will be a time when these storms will be minor compared to what God was able to accomplish because of them. The writer of the gospel of Luke and the book of Acts was on this ship in Acts 27 bound for Caesars Palace recorded all of the details of this perfect storm. When times are tough, we tend to abandon values and relationships we would not let go of in better times. Skip to content. SEARCH SERVICE BACKGROUNDS. Paul's ship is being tossed and beaten by the storm, and the crew is being tested to their limits. When they left Caesarea they traveled along the coast of Asia, around the island of Cyprus. READ Acts 27:33-44 Al's preaching series 'God Has You Right Where He Wants You'Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018www.facebook.com/newsunlightbaptistchurch1896 Anchors in the Storm – Acts 27 . In spite of Paul’s encouragement that God was with them and that no one would be harmed, they still wanted to take matters into their own hands. Chuck Smith :: Sermon Notes for Acts 27:23 ← Back to Chuck Smith's Bio & Resources . They responded out of fear and verse 30 tells us that they pretended to lower some anchors from the bow, but really they were lowering the lifeboat so they could escape to safety. READ Acts 27:27-32 That was not normal. ACTS 27: “WHEN THE STORMS OF LIFE HIT!” Pastors Blog. It’s one thing to know and believe that we are supposed to share our faith, but it’s another thing to strike up a conversation with someone and tell them about Jesus. by Steven P. Wickstrom all Scriptures quoted from the NASB. B. v.14-17 Disaster - When the severe storms come our way, we often feel as if events are out of our control, v.15, 17. He assumed leadership, took control and devised a plan to deal with the situation at hand, (Acts 27:26) C. Leaders are called to sustain hope, control situations, devise plans and take action. Following Jesus – Sharing His message – Serving others. /* Add your own Mailchimp form style overrides in your site stylesheet or in this style block. From Crete, things really go south (and west). He didn’t want to listen to Paul, even if he was a religious leader and an intelligent man. View Recently Added. In the midst of a relationship, men and women often see things very differently don’t we? God was and is in control whether it feels like it or not. Bad decision number 4 was that some of the sailors, continuing to focus on the circumstances rather than faith, tried to just run from the situation. We have talked quite a bit over the course of this past year about how to handle the storms of life – how to respond when it feels like your life is out of control. In some of the shipwrecks there was a loss of some or all of the lives onboard. At that desperate time Paul stood up and encouraged the men. 7. Intro: Ill. Or maybe you thought things were going well but out of nowhere you were let go from your job. What are our anchors? Don’t discard. Sermons; Church Bulletins; Rosters; Useful Links; Events; Who Is Jesus? The story is told of “A little boy [who] was asked by his father to say grace at the table. For two years he was in a prison in Caesarea, having been charged by the Jewish Sanhedrin of being a troublemaker who defiled the temple, taught against the law of Moses, and was against Caesar. Sermons From My Heart. Bad Decision #2 READ Acts 27:1-12 READ Acts 27:21-26 6. ( Log Out /  A belief that God has purpose (that He designs and has always designed to save some) will prompt the use of all proper means to secure it. Storms of Life (Acts 27), Sermon message by Rev Dr Ng Swee Ming on 12 Oct 2014 @ SSMC Slideshare uses cookies to improve functionality and performance, and to provide you with relevant advertising. Stay focused on your destination vv. Everybody else was scheming and planning and talking and voting and Paul was in the background seemingly waiting on the Lord and waiting for guidance. Get advice from those who are committed to obeying God regardless of the consequences and take their advice. Bad Decision #4 Good Decision #3                                                                                This is good example number 3 from Paul – obey God. We are safe in His keeping. A majority decided to stone the woman caught in adultery. After they had made their decision to sail on to Phoenix a gentle south wind began to blow leading the men to think that their plan was working, but once they got out onto the sea a hurricane hit. Pastor Casey Cockerham was the speaker on that particular sermon. When we go through difficult times, what happens to us is not nearly as important as what happens in us. Many fall into discouragement and despair. Sermon Audio; Giving; I’m New; About Us. We recommend moving this block and the preceding CSS link to the HEAD of your HTML file. There are a lot of people who are led … 4. Home; About; Contact; Search for: Posted on October 12, 2020 by craigcondonlayreader. I am appreciating this sermon and would like to be able to identify other sermons by the same speaker. Roman policy was that if a prisoner escaped, the man who guarded him would be killed. When we take God at His word, we will never go wrong. Acts 27:9-11 Sometimes children get into storms because of unwise or ungodly parents. Paul was just a man of faith, he was a man who acted on his convictions and obeyed God regardless of the consequences. Change ). If we make decisions when times are tough, it’s hard to make clear choices. Luke records, in vivid detail and nautically-precise terms, the voyage taking Paul from Caesarea towards Rome. Men are more often focused on results and solutions whereas women are often more focused on relationships and connecting. Maintained a composed Attitude In the Bible, the majority vote is usually wrong. I. PAUL IS ON HIS WAY TO ROME TO BEAR WITNESS OF JESUS CHRIST. Verse 44 tells us that everyone arrived safely. Here we find the fourth and final bad decision. Verse 23 tells us that God graciously showed up through an angel and encourage Paul and the crew. A pious, God-fearing person can earn the favour of man. Storms that are caused by others. Get Notified of Updates. Often the best chances we have to share our faith result from involvement and caring in ordinary ways for the people we long to introduce to God. The Context. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we always felt as though we were always on "top of the world?" A. Any time after September 14 th was risky for sailing in the Mediterranean, and no one sailed after November 11 th until the end of winter, because of the frequent storms (Bruce, p. 506). Life can throw some nasty and painful stuff our way, but if we will just seek God, trust Him, and do things His way, He will guide us safely to shore. And for those of us who like to feel like we are in control or that we can fix everything, it’s difficult when the circumstances of life remind us that we are not in control. It says, “Since the harbor was unsuitable to winter in, the majority decided that we should sail on…” Bad decision number 2 is taking a vote. Don’t follow your heart, follow the Holy Spirit. Outlasting The Storms Of Life Acts 27:13-44 Acts 27:13-44. Acts 27:27-44 How to Survive the Storms of Life. Luke tells us specifics about where exactly they sailed. 1. We know intellectually and we believe in our hearts that His way is right, but then our actions don’t always follow our beliefs do they? Then when daylight came they saw land and thought everything was better. Let’s see what happens next. Name. God can defend people in all dangers and can accomplish all His purposes. The sailors heard waves crashing against the shore and they began measuring the depth of the water, finding that it was getting more shallow so they dropped anchor and prayed for daylight. The believer's position in God is an anchor. Don’t drift. Verse 43 tells us that the centurion stopped the soldiers from killing the prisoners as they swam to shore because he wanted to spare Paul’s life. A majority of the children of God wanted a king to rule them like the other nations had, even though their prophet warned them what it would be like. There was a farmer who had three sons: Jim, John, and Sam. Follow Sermons From My Heart on WordPress.com. © 2021 University Baptist Church. by Roger McCay 10 January 2021 Sermon Passage: Acts 27 Link to Audio Version. Learn from these men’s bad example and don’t try to fix things in your own power, first listen to God and then respond accordingly. Good Decisions #1 & #2 Sometimes God will use the strangest of circumstances to do His greatest works. It’s Not About the Storm (Acts 27) doesn’t identify the speaker. God promised that everyone on board the ship would be saved, and they were saved. He encouraged them to have faith and eat, which they did. Paul stayed out of making decisions or speaking up until he heard from God. Or perhaps you were just cruising along in life thinking things were going great when you found out you had a serious health issue. When life is tough, we must not lose our ambition or our dream. So with those thoughts in mind, I want to talk with you about The Perfect Storm. Do we believe the words of the old hymn, “Will Your Anchor Hold?” Some of these anchors should be faith, surrender to God, hope and thanksgiving. Can you identify with how they felt? Acts 27:23-24. By Keyword. Acts 27 shipwrecked in the storm of life. Some are like Hurricane force. What keeps the ship of our lives off the rocks of life? 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