Shipwrecked on MaltaSeries: Activities of the Apostles
Bible Reference: Acts 27:14-44
- What determined the direction of the ship's route as they left Fair Havens? Did this leg of the journey go as planned? Where were they headed to?
- What is a Euroclydon? What is said of the crew's efforts in trying to preserve the ship and crew?
- Why did they, "lighten the ship?" What do you suppose they did? Is this different than throwing out the, "tackling of the ship?"
- What took away their hopes of being saved? What renewed these hopes?
- How did Paul initially address the crowd? Is his perceived role in the voyage changing as these events unfold? What wonderful news does he share with them?
- Where does he say he gets his authority and knowledge from? Paul's message to the crew is a salvation of sorts. Is he told of his own? (Acts 27:24)
- How long were they at sea before they started taking soundings (measurements of depth) to determine if land was near? What did they do to prevent running upon the rocks?
- What was happening in Acts 27:30-31? Did Paul try to stop them? What encouragement does Paul offer to the other members of the crew? What had caused them all to be, "of good cheer?"
- How many souls were on the ship? What was their last direct effort to guide the ship? How many made it to the shore safely?
- How did they get there? Not counting Paul, who had an immediate influence to ensure they all made it off the boat? Did God (and Paul) keep His word?