Back in Chapter 21, we read how Paul had been arrested in Jerusalem.
Wrongly accused by religious Jews
Protected as a Roman prisoner
tried before the Sanhedrin
In Chapter 23, Paul is taken to Caesarea.
Tried before Felix
Tried before Festus
Tried before Agrippa
After more than two years in Caesarea, Paul is sent to Rome because of his appeal to Caesar.
This brings us to Chapter 27, our text.
The journey to Rome proves to be a difficult one.
Paul, a prisoner, is one of 276 people on a ship that finds its way into a tempestuous storm and eventually a shipwreck.
The storm is similar to a typhoon.
You and I can expect life to bring storms on occasion.
Storms can bring disorientation and feelings of panic.
Have you ever been disoriented?
ILL—International plane rides are disorienting to me…you lose track of time and location.
We see this happened to Paul and the 275 others in this storm.
We see in this text that Paul went from being prisoner to captain as he helped the crew safely land their shipwreck.
Today, we will look at four provisions of grace Paul had to safely land this shipwreck.
These same provisions are available to you and me.
1) Good Friends
v. 2 Paul had two companions, Luke and Aristarchus.
vs. 3 Paul had friends in Sidon that helped him get refreshed for the journey.
You and I need to be and have good, godly friends.
“Someone said, a friend is someone who knows all about you and likes you just the same.”
God in His wisdom purchased and ordained the church for believers.
Church is not an event, location, or program—its a local body of believers following Christ.
A. Friends love at all times
B. Friends sharpen you.
C. Friends can be trusted.
2) Bible Promises
Paul had a promise from God.
God’s Word is full of promises to which to cling:
Promises of God are sure and stabilizing.
3) Sound Thinking
Stay in the ship, trusting God.
Eat! Trust God’s promised grace.
4) Spirit-let Leadership
Paul leads by example.
The church needs Spirit-led members to be patient, trusting God.
You an I can whether the storms by God’s grace.