Summary: A sermon on the anchor of the soul (Some material taken from Wikipedia's article on anchors: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anchor)
A naval student was being put through the paces by an old sea captain. "What would you do if a sudden storm sprang up on the starboard?" asked the captain. "Throw out an anchor, sir." replied the naval student. "What would you do if another storm sprang up aft?" asked the captain. "Throw out another anchor, sir." answered the student. "And if another terrific storm sprang up forward, what would you do?" asked the captain. "Throw out another anchor." replied the student. "Hold on," said the Captain. "Where are you getting all your anchors from?" The student replied, "From the same place you're getting all of your storms, sir."
I love the imagery and the picture that is presented in vs. 19 of an anchor.
Fellows from the navy can probably add much to this but it a picture of our life in Christ.
Thesis: Let’s talk about this picture and what is associated with it.
I. Every believer is like a ship.
We are blown and tossed by the wind like a ship upon the sea. This world is a troubled sea. Jesus said in John 16:33: In this world you will have trouble.
We are so unsure and unstable. Reminds me of a fishing trip my brother and I went on. We had no anchor. My brother caught a fish in front of a stream that let into the lake. There was the fishing hole. We had no anchor. He told me to take the oars and keep us in front of the stream. No way! We kept drifting away.
We need something firm, secure, steady, and unmovable. If we don’t find something solid to anchor us, we will get seasick and be unable to function.
William C. Martin- Mighty tides about me sweep, Perils lurk within the deep, Angry clouds o’ershade the sky, And the tempest rises high; Troubles almost ’whelm the soul; Griefs like billows o’er me roll; Tempters seek to lure astray; Storms obscure the light of day But in Christ I can be bold, I’ve an anchor that shall hold.
II. We have an anchor- hope
1 Corinthians 13:13: And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. Of these three hope seems to be the least important.
However, this is not just the hope of I wish such and such would happen. In the NIV, Paul seems to say such things. Romans 15:23-24: I have been longing for many years to see you, I plan to do so when I go to Spain. I hope to visit you while passing through. I wish to come to you.
No, this is a different kind of hope that is described earlier in Romans 8. Vs. 23-25: we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently. What hope is being talked about here? The belief that through the gospel we are and will be redeemed.
Romans 8:28: And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. “It’s all good.”