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YLD (21/03/21) – Paul’s Shipwreck – Wait for God’s timing

Date

March 21, 2021



Summary

YLD Sermon: Paul’s Shipwreck – Wait for God’s timing

Memory verse: So keep up your courage, men, for I have faith in God that it will happen just as he told me. (Acts 27:25)

Waiting for God’s timing is not always easy.  How long has Paul been waiting in prison to go to Rome?  (2 years)

  • How do you think Paul might have felt?
  • How was Paul able to remain faithful and obedient to Jesus?
    • Be still in the presence of the Lord,
    •     and wait patiently for him to act.
    • Don’t worry about evil people who prosper
    •     or fret about their wicked schemes. (Psalm 37:7)
  • The Holy Spirit enabled him to trust God.  God comforted Paul and told him he would go to Rome and testify about Jesus.
  • Let’s open our Bibles to Acts 27.  Finally it is time for Paul to travel to Rome.

Read Acts 27:1-44:

Today message, shipwreck brings alive about Paul’s voyage from Caesarea to Rome.

In Acts 27, we found Paul in a desperate situation. Paul is in a winter storm threatening to destroy the ship and to take the lives of everyone on board.

But in the midst of the storm, God gives Paul a promise. Everyone on the ship would survive. Although the storm is terrified but Paul never lost his faith in God’s promise. And he inspires everyone on board to take courage.

Fourteen days after the storm began, the ship ran aground on an island called Malta. Although the ship was destroyed, everyone on board survived just as the Lord promised.

Through this, here are the three big ideas.

  • God can lead us in the storm. It isn’t always easy. But God can bring us from a place that is comfortable to a place that would challenge us to grow our faith and trust. Just like Paul urged the captain and the Roman commander to stay in Fair Havens where God did not want him to be. God wanted him to be in Rome.
  • Remember the promise in the Storm. God made a promise to Paul that no one on board would die and Paul holds on to that promise and that enables him to see differently than others. He is waiting patiently for God to act. We can also hold tight to God’s promises in the Bible.
  • God did not promise us to take the danger away, which I hope he would. God may not take away our danger or difficulties away but He promise he would be there for us and with us so we could experience Him even more. God did not create good weather for Paul but God promised Paul that everyone survived. However, everyone in the ship still needed to face the severe terrifying storm and waited for God’s perfect timing to work it out.

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