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A Harrowing Experience at Sea (25 of 26)
Series: The Acts of the Apostles
Text: Acts 27:1-44
INTRODUCTION: In our study last week, we ended with the sad words from Agrippa; "Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian." Paul had done his best to convince King of Agrippa of Christ, but to no avail.
Because Paul had appealed to Caesar, Agrippa would now send him to Rome, which leads us to our lesson for this evening, "A Harrowing Experience at Sea."
I. Setting the Sails
II. Shipwreck at Sea
III. Safe on Shore
I. SETTING THE SAILS (VV. 1-13)
A. Friendly Passage (vv. 1-8)
1. In vs. 3, we find a centurion by the name of Julius, who shows kindness and compassion for the physical and emotional needs of Paul, allowing him the refresh himself and be with his friends. As far as I know, Julius is not mentioned again, except here, in Acts 27. It may seem incidental to most, but there are two things that come to my mind:
a. Paul's Need: God knew Paul needed a
friendly face. He knew that the trip would be a difficult one and that a little courtesy along the way would helpful. How many times in life can we remember when the Lord brought a friendly face to us just when we needed it? That's why it is always important to remember that everyone needs a smile. You never know what a person may be going through...your kindness may make all the difference.
b. God's Design. This trip was not really Agrippa's idea or Paul's idea; this journey was designed by God--the upcoming shipwreck--every bit of it. Paul was safe in the hands of God. Nothing could happen to him that would not be of God's design. And the same is true for us. As we sail along on life's bark, we must remember; our trip is by God's design. Psalm 85:13 says, "Righteousness shall go before him; and shall set us in the way of his steps." In Jeremiah 10:23, we read, "O Lord, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walket ...
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