“Surviving Shipwrecks” – January 14, 2018 AM

“Surviving Shipwrecks” – January 14, 2018 AM

Acts 27: 27-44

To survive shipwrecks, we need to…
  1. Stay CONNECTED
    • When the fourteenth night came, we were drifting in the Adriatic Sea, and about midnight the sailors thought they were approaching land. They took soundings and found it to be a hundred and twenty feet deep; when they had sailed a little farther and sounded again, they found it to be ninety feet deep. Then, fearing we might run aground on the rocks, they dropped four anchors from the stern and prayed for daylight to come. Some sailors tried to escape from the ship; they had let down the skiff into the sea, pretending that they were going to put out anchors from the bow. Paul said to the centurion and the soldiers, “Unless these men stay in the ship, you cannot be saved.” Then the soldiers cut the ropes holding the skiff and let it drop away.
      Acts 27:27‭-‬32
  2. Start CORRECTING
    • When it was about daylight, Paul urged them all to take food, saying, “Today is the fourteenth day that you have been waiting and going without food, having eaten nothing. So I urge you to take some food. For this is for your survival, since none of you will lose a hair from your head.”  After he said these things and had taken some bread, he gave thanks to God in the presence of all of them, and after he broke it, he began to eat.  They all were encouraged and took food themselves. In all there were 276 of us on the ship.  When they had eaten enough, they began to lighten the ship by throwing the grain overboard into the sea.
      Acts 27:33‭-‬38
  3. Swim CONFIDENTLY
    • When daylight came, they did not recognize the land but sighted a bay with a beach. They planned to run the ship ashore if they could.  After cutting loose the anchors, they left them in the sea, at the same time loosening the ropes that held the rudders. Then they hoisted the foresail to the wind and headed for the beach. But they struck a sandbar and ran the ship aground. The bow jammed fast and remained immovable, while the stern began to break up by the pounding of the waves. The soldiers’ plan was to kill the prisoners so that no one could swim away and escape. But the centurion kept them from carrying out their plan because he wanted to save Paul, and so he ordered those who could swim to jump overboard first and get to land. The rest were to follow, some on planks and some on debris from the ship. In this way, everyone safely reached the shore.
      Acts 27:39‭-‬44