Summary: We need to stand on the promises of God.
Praise The Lord And Pass Me A Copperhead
Text: Acts 28:1-10
1. 24 year old Danny Simpson was sentenced to 6 years in jail for robbing a bank. Danny got 6 years in the clink for stealing $6,000. But the gun he used in the robbery ended up in a museum. The .45 caliber Colt semi-automatic turned out to be an antique made in 1918 by the Ross Rifle Company. His pistol was worth up to $100,000 on the collectors market. If Danny Simpson had known what he had in his hands, he would not have ended up in jail.
Many Christians live like this. They spend their lives searching for God’s power and presence, not realizing it’s already in their hands.
2. As Christians we all too often forget that when God makes a promise he keeps it.
A. He promised to send us his Holy Spirit...and he did!
B. Acts 1:8 (NLT)
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
3. This morning we are going to look at a few of God's promises...
A. Promise of deliverance
B. Promise of protection
C. Promise of miracles
4. Let's stand as we read Acts 28:1-10.
Proposition: We need to stand on the promises of God.
Transition: The first promise I want us to look at the morning is the...
I. Promise Of Deliverance (1-2).
A. Safe On Shore
1. So far Paul and his companions have been through
A. Two weeks in a horrific storm.
B. The sailors tried to abandon ship
C. The soldiers wanted to kill them
D. A ship wreck
2. The one thing they had to keep them going is that God had promised Paul that he and everyone on the ship would make it to Rome.
3. As always God keeps his promise. In vv. 1-2 we read, "Once we were safe on shore, we learned that we were on the island of Malta. 2 The people of the island were very kind to us. It was cold and rainy, so they built a fire on the shore to welcome us."
A. The Lord had assured Paul that he must go to Rome. He had also promised to give him the lives of all the 275 others who were on board.
B. He did as He had promised. After arriving safely on land they found out the island was called Malta (Phoenician or Canaanite for "refuge").
C. It was south of Sicily and its people were descended from Phoenician colonists who settled there about 1000 B.C., and who probably spoke a dialect closely related to Hebrew.
D. The islanders received them graciously.
E. Throughout this passage Luke uses the Greek term barbaroi to refer to the "islanders."
F. Barbaroi is translated variously, including "natives" (NASB), "rough islanders" (NEB), and "barbarous people" (KJV).
G. But Luke does not mean that they were degraded or uncivilized.
H. To the Greeks any foreigner who could not speak Greek was a barbarian. Later they gave the Romans a certain level of inclusion by redefining "barbarian" as one who could not speak Greek or Latin.
I. It is easy to see that the citizens of Malta were good, friendly people even if they could not speak Greek.