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Acts 27:9-28:1

Acts 27:9-28:1


Sermon: Adrift on a Raging Sea and Tossed by a violent Storm
Bible Passage: Acts 27:9-28:1

1. Paul, Luke, and Aristarchus were on board to Italy on a ship with 270+ other interesting mix of people (verses 1-2a)
2. They began their voyage at an untimely season (verse 9)
3. They started in one ship from Caesarea and changed over to another one from Myra (verses 5-6)
4. Paul’s spiritual insight was ignored by the captain and centurion (verses 10-11)
5. Abrupt change of weather began to control their voyage (verses 13-15)
6. The sailors “gave up” control of the ship to a typhoon strength wind called “northeaster” (verse 14)
7. Efforts of skilled sailors availed no result (verses 16-17)
8. Were carried off to unintended directions (verses 16-17)
9. Due to the violent wind and raging sea, there was material loss (verse 18-19)
10. No sunlight nor moonlight for many days, complete darkness (verse 20a)
11. Utter hopelessness on the sea, not knowing where they were (verse 20b)
12. Low morale of the entire crew (verse 21)
13. Fear of abandonment by the sailors (verse 30)
14. Already fourteen days away on the sea with no direction (verse 33)
15. Shipwreck and fear for life (verses 39-42)

After fourteen days, Paul and rest of the people landed in Malta (28:1)

I. How did Paul, Luke, and Aristarchus survive this extreme ordeal?

1. God’s Word: the Lord stood near Paul and said, “Have courage, for just as you have testified about me in Jerusalem, so you must also testify in Rome.” (Acts 23:11)
2. Faith/trust in God’s Word that sustained Paul, Luke, and Aristarchus (verses 22-26)

II. In the midst of fear, uncertainty, and hopelessness, Paul played a missional role inside the ship

1. Gave them godly counsel (verse 10)
2. Encouraged the wearied sailors and fellow voyagers (verse 22-25)
3. Gave them godly leadership (verse 33-38)
4. Were almost a sacramental blessing to the rest of the crowd (protection that came to Paul also came to the fellow voyagers)

III. Theology of this passage:

1. When you cling onto God’s word and His promises, you will not be moved or shaken by raging sea and violent storm of life—14 days and 1000 kms
2. You have a missional role to provide leadership and encouragement to people in your immediate circle who are facing extremities of life (both believers and non-believers)
3. God’s call in your life need not be without challenges, but He helps you to overcome those challenges when you hold on to Him without wavering

Take Away:

Hold on to God and reach out to those who are in trouble with godly encouragements

Speaker: William J. Subash

Born and raised in south India, William J. Subash became a follower of Jesus Christ in 1983 at the age of nineteen. After a brief career in a tea and coffee plantation, Subash decided to spend rest of his life to preach about Jesus and his life-transforming message of God, which is popularly known as “the Gospel.” Subash teaches New Testament Studies at two institutions: SAIACS in India and Liberty University Online, VA, USA. Currently, Subash serves as the chief point person for GROW Gospel Initiatives and the Lead Pastor of the Crossroad Church, Bangalore. Write to him at