Or perhaps you were just cruising along in life thinking things were going great when you found out you had a serious health issue. Don’t drift. The 5th installment of Rev. 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. ( Log Out /  4. When they left Caesarea they traveled along the coast of Asia, around the island of Cyprus. Good example numbers 1 and 2 are 1) wait on God and seek guidance from Him and 2) have faith in his plan. December 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. Email. This brings us to bad decision number 3 – they tried to take matters into their own hands. December 27, 2020 . Or maybe you thought things were going well but out of nowhere you were let go from your job. 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. Acts 27:23-24. There was a farmer who had three sons: Jim, John, and Sam. Media Links and Podcast ; Sermon Audio; Giving; Calvary Ventura gathers for the purpose of knowing, growing, and glorifying Jesus Christ. Then one day Sam was bitten by a rattlesnake. Maintained a composed Attitude 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. 5. Life presents us with a splendid succession of opportunities-both good and bad-to put our faith in action. When we take God at His word, we will never go wrong. The God of the universe. If we make decisions when times are tough, it’s hard to make clear choices. We will find these lessons scattered throughout as we read through the chapter together. 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. Paul recognized what they were doing, and the sailors’ plan was thwarted-for their own benefit. Verse 7 tells us that from there they made slow headway for many days and they finally made it to Cnidus. Paul modeled not only a life of faith but a life of wisdom and gratitude. HUMOR. Check Out Our Latest Sermon, Worship, Announcement & Welcome Backgrounds Below. He can change us, but He won’t change us if we’re always abandoning ship! Let’s see what happens next. You may not feel Him, but if we feel far from Him, it’s because, L.B. Following Jesus – Sharing His message – Serving others. Acts 27:14-29. Get Notified of Updates. The ship couldn’t fight the wind, so it was carried along with it. Roman policy was that if a prisoner escaped, the man who guarded him would be killed. 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. Bad decision number 2 takes place in connection with this first bad decision. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. A. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. Life is not a coast. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. 1. It's been a long, rough journey, and it's not about to get any easier. Sermon - “The Lord is my Shepard and That’s All I Want” Psalm 23:1-6 . 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. 2. So after 11 days of storms, dark clouds, and no light, Luke tells us that they had given up all hope. We go to church or a Bible study and we learn God’s will. Isn’t that when we often make life changing decisions, only to look back later, and discover we made the wrong one? What are our anchors? Follow Sermons From My Heart on WordPress.com. The Immutable God. Life is tough. The Context. God was protecting Paul. View Recently Added. Acts chapter 27, in a moment we'll begin reading in verse 9. Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. 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. Please use these sermons as the Lord leads, but nothing on this site may be used for profit without my expressed, written permission! 7. 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. 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. 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. The storms of life are opportunities to grow as people, believers and followers of Jesus. 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. Get In Touch. 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. At that desperate time Paul stood up and encouraged the men. READ Acts 27:27-32 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? It’s full of examples of night and day experiences. 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. by Steven P. Wickstrom all Scriptures quoted from the NASB. 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. 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. Stay focused on your destination vv. Men are more often focused on results and solutions whereas women are often more focused on relationships and connecting. It’s not about the nail, right? 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. Most of the time, there really isn’t much we can do about it. ( Log Out /  As the story concludes we see that everything happened just as Paul told them. They continued to move on, still with difficulty and arrived at Fair Havens. In verse 22, he urges everyone to keep up their courage, promising that there would be no loss of life among them. It’s not about the storms either. 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. 6. (Acts 27:27-32 RSV) Things seem to get worse and worse as this story goes on. Its remarkable feature is the hard and narrow places which we find intermingled with God’s most extraordinary plans and providences. Julius wasn’t concerned with prayer or seeking God’s guidance, he wanted experience, know-how, facts and figures. 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. ( Log Out /  Change ). The worst time to “jump ship” is when times are tough. 1. 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. After Paul’s encouragement they sailed three more days and at midnight, Paul’s words came true. God was and is in control whether it feels like it or not. We see him right from the beginning of the story. All we have to do is find them. Like the people of the ship, we pray, but that prayer is also our time to let down our anchors. Verse 18 tells us that they began to throw cargo overboard. Bad Decision #3 Pastor Casey Cockerham was the speaker on that particular sermon. Subscribe. As they were being driven along by the sea, the men did all they could to try and save themselves. Acts 27 shipwrecked in the storm of life. It’s Not About the Storm (Acts 27) doesn’t identify the speaker. Storms that are caused by others. INTRODUCTION. Into this bleak picture, the encouraging words of the apostle Paul brought a ray of light. If you continue browsing the site, you agree to the use of cookies on this website. Luke tells us specifics about where exactly they sailed. 3. Acts, Sermons 2006 Peace in the Midst of the Storm – Acts 27:1-44 November 27, 2006 (If you would like to download the PowerPoint Presentation for this Sermon – Click Here for Part 1, Click Here for Part 2, Click Here for Part 3) They relied on the sun and the stars to navigate their way across sea. There’s Purpose in the Storms (Acts 27) Acts 27. A. In the midst of a relationship, men and women often see things very differently don’t we? The problem with coasting is that we’re heading downhill. 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. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we always felt as though we were always on "top of the world?" 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. Verse 23 tells us that God graciously showed up through an angel and encourage Paul and the crew. A Roman centurion named Julius, who was of the royal guard, has been given the responsibility to see that Paul gets to Rome. 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. Thank you very much. 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). By Category. Good Decision #3                                                                                This is good example number 3 from Paul – obey God. 50:30. 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. We see bad decision number 2 in verse 12. 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. 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 Trusting God in Times of Danger Acts 27 Introduction To the Romans, Rome was considered the center of the world. 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. FOUR ANCHORS FOR LIFE’S STORMS. Verse 20 told us the neither the sun nor the stars appeared for many days (we can deduce that “many days” was 11 days). Paul believed that God would save the passengers and crew because Paul was part of God’s plan. Outlasting The Storms Of Life Acts 27:13-44 Acts 27:13-44. 4. Sam Storms. What keeps the ship of our lives off the rocks of life? Speaker: Sam Storms ... Acts 9; Romans 17; 1 Corinthians 9; 2 Corinthians 11; Galatians 3; Ephesians 7; Philippians 10; Colossians 23; 1 Thessalonians 1; 2 Thessalonians; 1 Timothy; 2 Timothy 1; Titus 2; Philemon; Hebrews 48; James 21; 1 Peter 5; 2 Peter; 1 John; 2 John; 3 John; Jude; Revelation 41; Primary Speakers. He continued on to tell them to keep up their courage because he had faith in God. There will be a time in the life of most Christians that one will come upon a real storm. Storms that are allowed by God. The Holy God. The word “night” is symbolic of the times when all seems dark and foreboding for us. These brave sailors were in a storm that seemed to be overwhelming. 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. READ Acts 27:21-26 That was not normal. Chuck Smith :: Sermon Notes for Acts 27:23 ← Back to Chuck Smith's Bio & Resources . "Whose I am and whom I serve." 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. The Omniscient One. Sermon Audio; Giving; I’m New; About Us. Maybe like Ashley and I you already had a couple of kids in diapers and you found out you were having twins (surprise!). We recommend moving this block and the preceding CSS link to the HEAD of your HTML file. The God of heaven and earth. Here, Luke writes this narrative as an eyewitness making sure the reader gets the meaning. 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. God promised that everyone on board the ship would be saved, and they were saved. They couldn’t see God, it probably didn’t feel like He was with them in those 11 days of darkness and storm, but He was there and He was watching over them. 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. Bad Decision #1 I am appreciating this sermon and would like to be able to identify other sermons by the same speaker. 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. What are those details about the Perfect Storm? Church Office Hours: Wed: 9:00am – 12:00pm Thu: 9:00am – 12:00pm. There are a lot of people who are led … Sermons From My Heart. 2. 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. Paul's ship is being tossed and beaten by the storm, and the crew is being tested to their limits. Name. 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. 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. SEARCH SERVICE BACKGROUNDS. Paul is stating his own relationship with God. READ Acts 27:13-20 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. The “fast” (27:9) refers to the Day of Atonement, which was in early October that year. 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. ACTS 27: “WHEN THE STORMS OF LIFE HIT!” Pastors Blog. Several times since I've been your pastor I've studied with you this wonderful chapter. It’s one thing to know and believe that we are supposed to trust God with our finances, but it’s another thing to actually tithe when you don’t know how the bills are going to get paid without that ten percent. The person of God is an anchor in the midst of storms. Anchors in the Storm – Acts 27 . Sometimes God will use the strangest of circumstances to do His greatest works. Bad Decision #2 However, for the Jews, and for the spread of Christianity, Rome was the end of the earth. He hasn’t left us. God can defend people in all dangers and can accomplish all His purposes. 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. In the Bible, the majority vote is usually wrong. 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. So here we finally see a good example for us to follow. 2. That was God providing for Paul. Knowing that He is the Omnipotent One. We are safe in His keeping. All Rights Reserved, #mc_embed_signup{background:#fff; clear:left; font:14px Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif; } When we read… Acts 27 which speaks about a storm the apostle Paul endured towards the end of his apostolic ministry. The local church and pastor had tried to reach them, but to no avail. 38-40. Don’t follow your heart, follow the Holy Spirit. 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. READ Acts 27:33-44 READ Acts 27:1-12 A majority voted to crucify Jesus even though He was innocent. No one in the family had ever attended church or had time for God. Intro: Ill. Sermons; Church Bulletins; Rosters; Useful Links; Events; Who Is Jesus? Verse 16 tells us that they secured the lifeboat. Julius wasn’t a sailor; he was a centurion, a soldier. 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. 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. He didn’t have to do that, but they needed hope. Paul escaped yet another attempt on his life. 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