He didn’t have to do that, but they needed hope. Email. How To Weather The Storms Of Life Adrian Rogers Acts 23:11 Would you take God's Word and find Acts chapter 27. 1. There are other prisoners traveling with them. 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. Bad decision number 1 was listening to expert worldly advice rather than godly advice. When times are tough, we tend to abandon values and relationships we would not let go of in better times. Don’t discard. 38-40. Luke tells us specifics about where exactly they sailed. It's been a long, rough journey, and it's not about to get any easier. 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. Pastor Casey Cockerham was the speaker on that particular sermon. Stay focused on your destination vv. ( Log Out /  It’s not about the nail, right? Acts 27 shipwrecked in the storm of life. 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. Several times since I've been your pastor I've studied with you this wonderful chapter. A Roman centurion named Julius, who was of the royal guard, has been given the responsibility to see that Paul gets to Rome. Acts 27:14-29. A. If we make decisions when times are tough, it’s hard to make clear choices. A. We are safe in His keeping. So with those thoughts in mind, I want to talk with you about The Perfect Storm. Name. READ Acts 27:13-20 We see him right from the beginning of the story. However, for the Jews, and for the spread of Christianity, Rome was the end of the earth. Most of the time, there really isn’t much we can do about it. (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). 4. 4. Bad Decision #3 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. Storms that we bring on ourselves. by Steven P. Wickstrom all Scriptures quoted from the NASB. From Crete, things really go south (and west). 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. 1. They continued to move on, still with difficulty and arrived at Fair Havens. Acts 27:27-44 How to Survive the Storms of Life. Julius wasn’t concerned with prayer or seeking God’s guidance, he wanted experience, know-how, facts and figures. 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. Following Jesus – Sharing His message – Serving others. Paul stayed out of making decisions or speaking up until he heard from God. 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 recognized what they were doing, and the sailors’ plan was thwarted-for their own benefit. 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. Sermons From My Heart. 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." 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. 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). 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. God was and is in control whether it feels like it or not. 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. Sermon Audio; Giving; I’m New; About Us. He wanted to hear what the pilot of the ship and the owner of the ship had to say. Storms that are caused by others. 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. FOUR ANCHORS FOR LIFE’S STORMS. The believer's position in God is an anchor. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. 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. 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. Verse 23 tells us that God graciously showed up through an angel and encourage Paul and the crew. Hi Jim, They weren’t worried about the trouble they were leaving behind; they just wanted relief for themselves. Change ). A majority voted to crucify Jesus even though He was innocent. It’s full of examples of night and day experiences. 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. We should be more like Jesus and Paul-men who did not turn and run in the face of crisis, offense or opportunity. Anchors in the Storm – Acts 27 . Life presents us with a splendid succession of opportunities-both good and bad-to put our faith in action. 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. The problem with coasting is that we’re heading downhill. We will find these lessons scattered throughout as we read through the chapter together. When we go through difficult times, what happens to us is not nearly as important as what happens in us. Acts 27:23-24. The worst time to “jump ship” is when times are tough. Julius wasn’t a sailor; he was a centurion, a soldier. Here, Luke writes this narrative as an eyewitness making sure the reader gets the meaning. If you continue browsing the site, you agree to the use of cookies on this website. 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." 1. Verse 7 tells us that from there they made slow headway for many days and they finally made it to Cnidus. Related. 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. Good example numbers 1 and 2 are 1) wait on God and seek guidance from Him and 2) have faith in his plan. Get advice from those who are committed to obeying God regardless of the consequences and take their advice. Bad Decision #1 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) By Calendar Event. These brave sailors were in a storm that seemed to be overwhelming. A majority of the Israelites wanted to go back and be slaves again rather than wander through the desert any longer. (Acts 27:27-32 RSV) Things seem to get worse and worse as this story goes on. Here we find the fourth and final bad decision. Home » Sermon Manuscripts » Sermon Manuscripts 2021 » Anchors in the Storm – Acts 27. God was protecting Paul. By Category. God can change situations and personalities. 3. Thursday, May 18, 2017; 3:00 PM 4:00 PM 15:00 16:00; Google Calendar ICS; Riding Out the Storm . That was God providing for Paul. 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. 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. 50:30. Paul is stating his own relationship with God. What keeps the ship of our lives off the rocks of life? What are our anchors? All we have to do is find them. The story is told of “A little boy [who] was asked by his father to say grace at the table. They relied on the sun and the stars to navigate their way across sea. The local church and pastor had tried to reach them, but to no avail. 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. 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 He continued on to tell them to keep up their courage because he had faith in God. For Paul’s sake, the lives of all the prisoners were spared. 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). In the midst of a relationship, men and women often see things very differently don’t we? Did you notice that we’re halfway through the chapter and Paul has only said one sentence? ( Log Out /  Contrary to Nature Pt.2. Can you identify with how they felt? SEARCH SERVICE BACKGROUNDS. That was not normal. View Recently Added. In the same way, when people go through severe storms in life, often they lose all hope. ( Log Out /  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. We go to church or a Bible study and we learn God’s will. When they left Caesarea they traveled along the coast of Asia, around the island of Cyprus. 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. God promised that everyone on board the ship would be saved, and they were saved. _____ In terms of high adventure and suspense, Acts 27 is a page-turner. All Rights Reserved, #mc_embed_signup{background:#fff; clear:left; font:14px Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif; } Isn’t that when we often make life changing decisions, only to look back later, and discover we made the wrong one? Church Office Hours: Wed: 9:00am – 12:00pm Thu: 9:00am – 12:00pm. At that desperate time Paul stood up and encouraged the men. 1. Men are more often focused on results and solutions whereas women are often more focused on relationships and connecting. There will be a time in the life of most Christians that one will come upon a real storm. 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. 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. In this post, I’ll focus on preaching from Acts 27. Then the soldiers cut away the ropes of the boat, and let it go. So after 11 days of storms, dark clouds, and no light, Luke tells us that they had given up all hope. 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. Verse 18 tells us that they began to throw cargo overboard. Intro: Ill. 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. Follow Sermons From My Heart on WordPress.com. Some are like Hurricane force. Good Decision #3                                                                                This is good example number 3 from Paul – obey God. 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. A majority decided to stone the woman caught in adultery. Not only did Paul seek God and have faith in God’s plan, but he acted in obedience to what God had said. Verse 19 tells us that they threw the ships tackle overboard. HUMOR. This brings us to bad decision number 3 – they tried to take matters into their own hands. ACTS 27: “WHEN THE STORMS OF LIFE HIT!” Pastors Blog. Let’s see what happens next. You may not feel Him, but if we feel far from Him, it’s because, L.B. 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. 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. The Immutable God. Like the people of the ship, we pray, but that prayer is also our time to let down our anchors. 5. Skip to content. 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 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? We recommend moving this block and the preceding CSS link to the HEAD of your HTML file. Roman policy was that if a prisoner escaped, the man who guarded him would be killed. Many fall into discouragement and despair. A. 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. Paul was just a man of faith, he was a man who acted on his convictions and obeyed God regardless of the consequences. 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. Paul believed that God would save the passengers and crew because Paul was part of God’s plan. 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. Paul modeled not only a life of faith but a life of wisdom and gratitude. Who We Are; What We Believe; Why We Believe; Know Jesus; Church Staff; Prayer Requests; Ministries; Media Center. Acts chapter 27, in a moment we'll begin reading in verse 9. Please use these sermons as the Lord leads, but nothing on this site may be used for profit without my expressed, written permission! Home; About; Contact; Search for: Posted on October 12, 2020 by craigcondonlayreader. He encouraged them to have faith and eat, which they did. In verse 22, he urges everyone to keep up their courage, promising that there would be no loss of life among them. God can defend people in all dangers and can accomplish all His purposes. Sermons; Church Bulletins; Rosters; Useful Links; Events; Who Is Jesus? So here we finally see a good example for us to follow. I love the 27th chapter of the book of Acts. Sometimes a country goes into storms because of bad leadership. 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. 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. The Storm at Sea, Acts 27:13-38. 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. Then one day Sam was bitten by a rattlesnake. 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. 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. READ Acts 27:33-44 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. As the story concludes we see that everything happened just as Paul told them. I am appreciating this sermon and would like to be able to identify other sermons by the same speaker. Maybe like Ashley and I you already had a couple of kids in diapers and you found out you were having twins (surprise!). 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. 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