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Peace in the Storm

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TS: In , we finally see Paul’s voyage to Rome begin.
Acts 27:1 ESV
1 And when it was decided that we should sail for Italy, they delivered Paul and some other prisoners to a centurion of the Augustan Cohort named Julius.
They set out in probably late Oct or early Nov. This was considered the latest any would set out to sea due to the winds being contrary and storms which would often arise. Winter usually saw a complete halt to water travel.
After stalling, Paul is finally put in the charge of
They began at wrong time of year. Late travel in the region was ot and into Nov but the winds were contrary and often storms would arise. Winter saw a complete halt to water travel.
Acts 27:5–8 ESV
5 And when we had sailed across the open sea along the coast of Cilicia and Pamphylia, we came to Myra in Lycia. 6 There the centurion found a ship of Alexandria sailing for Italy and put us on board. 7 We sailed slowly for a number of days and arrived with difficulty off Cnidus, and as the wind did not allow us to go farther, we sailed under the lee of Crete off Salmone. 8 Coasting along it with difficulty, we came to a place called Fair Havens, near which was the city of Lasea.
After struggling to reach Fair Havens Paul warned them to stop for the winter
After struggling to reach
Acts 27:9–12 ESV
9 Since much time had passed, and the voyage was now dangerous because even the Fast was already over, Paul advised them, 10 saying, “Sirs, I perceive that the voyage will be with injury and much loss, not only of the cargo and the ship, but also of our lives.” 11 But the centurion paid more attention to the pilot and to the owner of the ship than to what Paul said. 12 And because the harbor was not suitable to spend the winter in, the majority decided to put out to sea from there, on the chance that somehow they could reach Phoenix, a harbor of Crete, facing both southwest and northwest, and spend the winter there.
After struggling to reach
Paul’s warning to stop for winter was ignored
Paul warned to stop for winter and was ignored
Paul warned to stop for winter and was ignored
He knew it was a bad time to be on the sea.
He was an experienced traveler
IL: It would be like us saying it is hot in the summer in Texas.
We know about that!
Greed and desire for comfort won over reason.
Captain wanted bigger port of Phoenix to sell grain
Centurion wanted more comforts to winter his soldiers
Acts 27:13–20 ESV
13 Now when the south wind blew gently, supposing that they had obtained their purpose, they weighed anchor and sailed along Crete, close to the shore. 14 But soon a tempestuous wind, called the northeaster, struck down from the land. 15 And when the ship was caught and could not face the wind, we gave way to it and were driven along. 16 Running under the lee of a small island called Cauda, we managed with difficulty to secure the ship’s boat. 17 After hoisting it up, they used supports to undergird the ship. Then, fearing that they would run aground on the Syrtis, they lowered the gear, and thus they were driven along. 18 Since we were violently storm-tossed, they began the next day to jettison the cargo. 19 And on the third day they threw the ship’s tackle overboard with their own hands. 20 When neither sun nor stars appeared for many days, and no small tempest lay on us, all hope of our being saved was at last abandoned.
Storms came and tjey feared they would perish at sea.
Storms came and ultimately lost at see v. 13ff
Tempest is the same root as typhoon.
This was no small rain shower!
Ultimately, they did run aground and were shipwrecked.
Acts 27:39–41 ESV
39 Now when it was day, they did not recognize the land, but they noticed a bay with a beach, on which they planned if possible to run the ship ashore. 40 So they cast off the anchors and left them in the sea, at the same time loosening the ropes that tied the rudders. Then hoisting the foresail to the wind they made for the beach. 41 But striking a reef, they ran the vessel aground. The bow stuck and remained immovable, and the stern was being broken up by the surf.
Acts 27:
Paul sure had troubles!
The question for us today is this:
What lessons can we learn from this?
I see in Paul’s example a picture of staying calm during the storms of life.

1. Trust in God’s Plan

Paul knew God said he would get to Rome
God had promised it and that settled it for Paul
This made him confident even in the face of overwhelming difficulty
He didn’t let circumstances distract Him from God’s promises.
We must do the same.
God’s ways are far beyond our ways
He knows the end from the beginning and is at work in the world.
He is carrying out His purposes and we can trust that it will come about to His glory.
Do you find this difficult to do?
it can be hard to keep focused on God’s promises and plan when we are neck deep in stormy waters.
We must keep our eyes on Him and keep trusting.

2. Receive God’s Message

Angel told Paul about imminent wreck
Acts 27:21–26 ESV
21 Since they had been without food for a long time, Paul stood up among them and said, “Men, you should have listened to me and not have set sail from Crete and incurred this injury and loss. 22 Yet now I urge you to take heart, for there will be no loss of life among you, but only of the ship. 23 For this very night there stood before me an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I worship, 24 and he said, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul; you must stand before Caesar. And behold, God has granted you all those who sail with you.’ 25 So take heart, men, for I have faith in God that it will be exactly as I have been told. 26 But we must run aground on some island.”
He listened and took God’s message to heart
He listened and took it to heart
God can send an angel or speak to each of us if He wants to do so.
However, don’t forget He has already given us what we need!
2 Timothy 2:15 ESV
15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.
2 Timothy 3:15 ESV
15 and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.
James 1:
2 Timothy 3:15–17 ESV
15 and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
We don’t need a special message from God, we already have it!

3. Shared the Hope

Acts 27:25 ESV
25 So take heart, men, for I have faith in God that it will be exactly as I have been told.
Paul gave that encouraging message to the rest of the passengers and sailors
Paul gave that encouraging message to the rest of the passengers and sailors
Began at wrong time of year.
Finally on the move but it was late to be traveling.
Paul warned to stop for winter and was ignored
He knew it was a bad time
Experienced travler
It would be like us saying it is hot in the summer in Texas.
We know about that!
Common sense said they were goners.
Greed and desire for comfort won
Captian wanted bigger port of Phoenix to sell grain
Centurian wanted more comforts to winter his soldiers
Storms came and ultimately lost at see v. 13ff
Temptest is the same root as typhoon.
This was no small rain shower!
What lessons can we learn from this? I see in Paul’s example a picture of staying calm during the storms of life.
They had been at the mercy of a typhoon and possibly didn’t even know their location.
1. Trust in God’s Plan
Paul knew God said he would get to Rome
This made him confident even in the face of overwhelming difficulty
2. Receive God’s Message
But Paul’s confidence was shared with them.
Angel told Paul about imminent wreck
He listened and took it to heart
3. Shared the Hope
Paul gave that encouraging message to the rest of the passengers and sailors
They would all be spared if they stayed with the ship
It didn’t make human sense
But it was perfect God sense!
They would all be spared if they stayed with the ship
We must share the message of hope in Jesus
Witness to the lost
They need to hear the gospel
Encourage brothers and sisters in Christ
1 Thessalonians 5:11 ESV
11 Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.

4. Put faith to work

Acts 27:33–36 ESV
33 As day was about to dawn, Paul urged them all to take some food, saying, “Today is the fourteenth day that you have continued in suspense and without food, having taken nothing. 34 Therefore I urge you to take some food. For it will give you strength, for not a hair is to perish from the head of any of you.” 35 And when he had said these things, he took bread, and giving thanks to God in the presence of all he broke it and began to eat. 36 Then they all were encouraged and ate some food themselves.
Paul had a Living and active faith, not just a belief
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Living and active faith, not just a belief
They ate a meal in preparation
This is an act of people with hope!
Paul’s faith was contageous
They cut the ropes of the lifeboat to keep all on board.They would all be spared if they stayed with the ship
They cut the ropes of the lifeboat to keep all on board.They would all be spared if they stayed with the ship
They would all be spared if they stayed with the ship
They ate
They didn’t kill the prisoners
We must live out the word, not just pay lip service to it.
Put faith to action
When we see what God says, DO IT!

Conclusion:

Living and active faith, not just a belief
They ate a meal in preparation
They cut the ropes of the life
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