Summary: Paul sails for Rome. (PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request - email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Reading: chapter 27 verses 1-22:
• Many Christians use car stickers to witness (bad drivers – God gets the blame!)
• Many non-Christians also use car stickers displaying messages.
• Some advertise a club or society e.g. scouts, caravan club.
• Some tell you where they have been, e.g. Poultons park, Alton Towers.
Some are humorous:
• There are 3 kinds of people: those who can count & those who can't.
• 99 percent of lawyers give the rest a bad name.
• Dyslexics of the World: 'Untie!'
• Be nice to your kids. They'll choose your nursing home
• Why is 'abbreviation' such a long word?
• I love cats...they taste just like chicken
• The best one I have read is:
• If you can read this, I’ve lost my caravan!
Some reveal a persons hobbies or desires:
• I would rather be skiing, sky-diving etc
• I would rather be sailing.
• Acts chapter 27 starts off with everybody wanting to be sailing;
• But it finishes with everybody sinking!
(A). The Start (verses 1-8):
• This first section of this chapter reads like a page out of a ship's log.
• It gives us the list of important passengers who were onboard this voyage;
(1). The travellers (vs 1-2).
(a). Luke (verse 1).
• “When it was decided that we would sail for Italy”,
• Notice the little word ‘we’ in verse 1 (also verse 4 & 6).
• This informs us that Luke has rejoined Paul once again.
• He has been absent from the narrative since chapter 21 verse 18, but now he’s back.
Luke was a Gentile:
• The only Gentile to write any of the New Testament books of the Bible,
• Luke’s Gospel & Acts.
• He was a skilful doctor, a devoted friend and a careful historian,
• All wrapped up in one!
• Now he was back with Paul, on hand to sail for Italy and to get to Rome.
• And Luke remains with Paul to the very end of his life (2 Timothy chapter 4 verse 11).
Luke is a glowing example of the professional man:
• Who uses his skills in the service of the Lord,
• And gives himself to go wherever God sends.
(b). Aristarchus (verse 2).
“Aristarchus, a Macedonian from Thessalonica, was with us”.
• Aristarchus first appears in the book of Acts
• In chapter 19 verse 29.
• He was willingly to risk his life when a riot broke out in Ephesus.
• And like Paul he was captured by the mob.
• His devotion to Paul is seen when he became voluntary prisoner.
• Quote: Colossians chapter 4 verse 10 he is called a “Fellow prisoner”.
• In order to travel with Paul to Rome:
• Both Luke & Aristarchus would pose as Paul's slaves.
• This meant that they became volunteer prisoners;
• And they were allowed to accompany him.
• So that he could be a help and comfort to the apostle.
• He was a voluntary prisoner for the sake of Jesus Christ and the Gospel.
• According to tradition,
• Aristarchus, like Paul, suffered martyrdom under Nero.
• Words of Jesus;
• “Greater love have no-man than this………”
Aristarchus is the type of friend everybody needs:
• He sticks with Paul through thick and thin;
• Ill: A riot, an uncomfortable voyage, a terrifying storm, even a prison cell and death!
• Aristarchus did not look for the easy option.
• He did not run when the going got tough, he suffered with Paul and laboured with Paul.
(3). Julius (verse 1)
• Paul, Luke, Aristarchus and some other prisoners who were also bound for Rome,
• Were placed in the custody of a centurion named Julius.
• Julius belonged to the Imperial Regiment;
• A special unit that acted as liaison officers between the Empower and the provinces.
• To hold that position would suggest that Julius;
• Was a man of long experience and with an excellent military record.
• Like other centurions mentioned in the New Testament he was a man of integrity.
• All through this voyage Julius, the Roman centurion
• Will treat Paul with kindness and consideration which was more than mere courtesy.
• e.g. verse 3
(2). The trip (verse 2):
• The ship set sail from its home port Adramyttium (Ad-ra-mid-i-um):
• Adramyttium (Ad-ra-mid-I-um) was located near Troas (modern-day Turkey).
• Going from there to Pheonix,
• They would have little trouble finding a larger ship sailing to Italy.
• The plan was to reach the imperial city by the end of October,
• So they put out to sea, and the next day made it to Sidon, seventy miles to the north.