Because He Lives Message Series

BECAUSE HE LIVES

Part 2 – He Holds The Future
Acts 27, 28

August 8, 2021
Dr. Mark S. Hartman, Lead Pastor

1. THE STORY OF A SHIPWRECK. (Acts 27)

  1. Acts 27:21-25 After the men had gone a long time without food, Paul stood up before them and said: “Men, you should have taken my advice not to sail from Crete; then you would have spared yourselves this damage and loss. 22 But now I urge you to keep up your courage, because not one of you will be lost; only the ship will be destroyed. 23 Last night an angel of the God whose I am and whom I serve stood beside me 24 and said, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul. You must stand trial before Caesar; and God has graciously given you the lives of all who sail with you.’ 25 So keep up your courage, men, for I have faith in God that it will happen just as he told me.” (NIV)


  2. Faith is the trusting obedience to the revealed will of God.
  3. Faith is not presumption; it is not walking on thin ice; it is not going out on a limb; it is not doing something crazy; it is not wishful thinking, or even positive thinking. Faith is the trusting obedience to the revealed will of God.
  4. God is going to get you to where you’re supposed to be!
  5. The circumstances of the storm didn’t magically disappear at that moment.

2. HOW TO FACE THE SHIPWRECKS IN YOUR LIFE.

  1. Acts 27:29 Fearing that we would be dashed against the rocks, they dropped four anchors from the stern and prayed for daylight. (NIV)
  2. Anchor 1 – Live out the presence of God.
    1. Since Christ is risen, He is with you. He has not deserted you.
    2. Acts 27:23 Last night an angel of the God whose I am and whom I serve stood beside me.
    3. Matthew 28:20 And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. (NIV)
    4. Romans 8:38-39 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below —indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. (NLT2)

C. Anchor 2 – Live out the purpose of God for you.

    1. Acts 27:24 Do not be afraid, Paul. You MUST stand trial before Caesar; and God has graciously given you the lives of all who sail with you.
    2. God is sovereign over hurricanes, over Roman Caesars, and over Roman soldiers. God is sovereign over broken marriages, drug addiction, internet porn, alcohol, race relations. God is in control if you will yield to Him.
    3. Since I am in control, you don’t have to be afraid.
    4. Are you afraid today when you don’t have to be?

D. Anchor 3 – Live out the promises for your situation right now.

    1. Acts 27:25 So keep up your courage, men, for I have faith in God that it will happen just as He told me. (NIV)
    2. There’s a giant you’ve been called to defeat. The enemy wants to convince you to get discouraged and give up. The enemy would not be sending the winds, the rain, the trouble, the sickness if he didn’t know God’s plan for you is just in front of you.
    3. Hear yourself say God’s promises. There is life in the Word of God. Let it renew your heart.
    4. 2 Corinthians 1:20 For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “YES” in Christ.” (NIV)

E. Anchor 4 – Live out the power of God in your life.