Saturday, December 15, 2012

Acts 27

Wow did I sleep in! We are on the second to last chapter in Acts! Good job everyone let's finish strong!

If you remember, Paul appealed to Caesar so now they must sail to Italy. Paul warns everyone on the boat saying, "Men, I can see that our voyage is going to be disastrous and bring great loss to ship and cargo, and to our own lives also." (v. 10) His warning, however, is ignore. Big mistake as we will find out later. If you were the ship's owner or pilot, how would you react to Paul's warning about the 50-mile trip they wanted to make?

A storm blows in and a first doesn't seem like a big deal and then before you know it, the crew is throwing off the cargo and hanging on for their lives. Paul stands up and tells them everyone will survive because he had a vision from an angel. (v. 24) Paul encourages the men to not give up hope and them must aground some island. In a crisis, Paul reacted with urgent forewarning  maintaining hope, counseling, common sense, giving thanks, remaining calm, persevering to the end. In comparison, how do you react to crisis?

Paul begins to take charge. He tells everyone to eat because they have gone 14 days without food. They cut off the life boats and throw off the wheat to make the boat lighter. Those who could swim went overboard to get to shore first and others grabbed onto broken pieces of wood. Then finally BOOM the ship crashes! Everyone makes it to shore safely as Paul said. What is the greatest pressure situation you're facing now? How can Paul's example and the principles you've learned from his experience help you? What is your part and what is God's part in the resolution of your storm?


Jackie said...

Today I really liked the verse that said: But the officer in charge of the prisoners listened mote to the ships captain and the owner then to Paul. Acts 26:11 (NLT)

I like this verse because it talks about how the officer did not listen to what Paul had to say because he was a prisoner. The officer was probably like: "um you are just a prisoner, why should I listen to you!" This reminded me of what people sometimes think when they see a bunch of kids wanting to do things for God. They think: "oh your just a kid what do you know?" But the truth is, it does not matter what age you are, you can impact someone at any age, I mean you talk to your friends everyday, imagine the impact you have on them.

Nathan Coupleton said...

and he said, ‘Don’t be afraid, Paul, for you will surely stand trial before Caesar! What’s more, God in his goodness has granted safety to everyone sailing with you.’

God is really really good. He already sent His Son Jesus to die for us. Then He even gives the sailors a second chance by saving all of there lives. No other god of a false religon is good like the true God.