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Acts 27:1-44

Serving with Love:

Safe Through Shipwreck

Life B-P Church Worship I & II, 11th December 2016

Acts 27:1-44

(Ps Mark Chen)

 

Have you ever experienced anxiety because of life’s circumstances? The natural man reacts with despair. The Spirit controlled man reacts with grace. Paul faced many problems. But he was confident that God would see him to the end - that he would be safe from shipwreck.

  1. It Is Always a Difficult Journey

a.         What starts well may not continue well

b.        Despite precautions taken, success is never guaranteed 

c.         What is bad can become worse

d.        There will be many false hopes

2.         Our Response to Difficulty

a.         The dominant natural response

i.          Preserve wealth

ii.          Preserve life

b.        The trusting spiritual response

i.          Demonstrated wisdom and common sense

ii.          Showed compassion

iii.          Gave Assurance

3.         The Source of Our Safety and Confidence

a.  The faith of Jonah and Paul

b.  God gave his best, he will supply the rest

 

Many of us wrongly judge the shipwreck in our lives to be our problems and we do all we can to save ourselves, our wealth, and our lives. By so doing, we shipwreck our faith. Never fear the shipwrecks in life more than the shipwreck of our faith. “For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.”

Questions for Reflection:

  1. Do you fear the shipwreck of your life more than the shipwreck of your faith? Why or why not?
  2. What is your particular typhonikos now and how can you demonstrate faith, wisdom, compassion, and assurance?

 

 

Vision & Mission

 

To build a united church family that is committed to making disciples through Salvation, Sanctification and Service, to the glory of God.

Verse for the Week

December 3 & 10 - Holy Living

Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, 2 Peter 3:11