Paul is Shipwrecked on the Way to Rome!

Friday, May 22, 2015
We are coming to the end of our study of Paul in the book of Acts. This week is a very simple worksheet with different ways to use it.

We have been studying about Paul being in Caesarea. He was taken there with 472 soldiers from Jerusalem where the 40 Jewish men wanted to kill him. He was sent to Caesarea for his safety. Remember that he had to go before The Governor Felix first, then after he was in prison for two years, a new governor was in charge and so he went before Festus. Paul told them that “I appeal to Caesar.” While Festus was waiting to send Paul to Rome, King Agrippa and Queen Bernice visited. Paul went before them and was permitted to tell his side and explain that he was innocent. Paul told King Agrippa about how he became a Christian and about Jesus. King Agrippa said, “Almost you have persuaded me to become a Christian.”
We are in chapter 27 of Acts (Acts 27:1-44), and there are only 28 chapters! Read: Acts 27:1 Luke writes 'we', so that means that Luke is traveling with Paul also. Festus had to agree to send Paul to Rome, since Paul said, "I appeal to Caesar.". As a Roman citizen, he had the right to do that. A centurion (a centurion is in charge of 100 soldiers), named Julius was in charge of getting Paul to Rome safely. There were a lot of soldiers and there were other prisoners going to Rome. Festus told Julius that Paul had not broken any laws, but was being tried on Jewish religious reasons, so he treated Paul with courtesy. Paul earned more respect on the voyage!

It was Autumn and the ships sailing directly to Rome had already left port, so they had to take a smaller ship. They were going to sail along the coast of Syria to Asia Minor and change to a bigger ship if they could. Luke and a Christian from Macedonia called Aristarchus (Ar-iss-tar'-chuss) went on the ship with Paul.

They stopped in Sidon (side'-un) to pick up cargo and Paul was allowed to leave the ship to visit friends. They soon got back on the ship and because it was late in the season, the winds were strong on the open seas. They had to stay close to shore and dropped anchor often. When they reached the city of Myra (My'-ruh), Julius found a ship from Egypt sailing to Rome with a load of wheat. 
Almost immediately, problems started. There was a strong head wind and remember, they didn't have engines, just the sails. Luke states that they sailed slowly for many days. When they came to a harbor in the island of Crete, Paul begged them to stay there for the winter. He had already been shipwrecked three times and warned Julius there would be trouble if they kept going. But Julius wanted to get to a bigger island, so they kept going. It was Julius' decision since he was the centurion in charge.
The wind shifted to a northeaster and the seas became very rough. They threatened to engulf the ship. They stopped on a little island called Clauda for temporary shelter. They used ropes to tie the ship together to keep it from breaking apart and they stayed in the cliffs.
They left the island, and the storm grew worse. Water sprayed into the boat, and it sprung leaks, so they started throwing stuff overboard to make it lighter. The ship bounced around in the storm for days. They didn’t even bother eating for a long time. Luke says in Acts that they did not see the sun or stars for many days. They really didn't think they would live through the storm!
Paul remembered that God told him he would get to Rome, and he told the frightened seamen that they wouldn’t die in the storm, but only the ship would be lost. After 14 days, they saw land. Paul took bread, said prayer and everyone ate to get strength to swim to shore.

They hit a sandbar, huge waves rolled over the ship and the boat cracked in half! The soldiers were going to kill the prisoners, because they didn't want them to escape.  But Julius wanted to save Paul, so he said to free them and let them swim.
The ones that couldn’t swim, used pieces of the ship to get to the shore. They all made it to the shore, shivering in the rain. They were tired and bruised but alive! Just like Paul told them! God kept them safe even when things were not going easy. There were people on the island, and that will be the lesson for next week.
They were on the island of Malta and stayed there until winter was over.
I used this very simple worksheet to discuss, again, Paul doing what God wanted and not what he wanted. On the left side, students can write things they shouldn't do, and on the right side, things they should do. Or, you can discuss different Bible people. Name someone. Did they do what God wanted? No, write their name on the left, Yes, write their name on the right side. I left it plain so you could use the worksheet different ways. Click here to print.

You can find all the Acts worksheets here.

Bible verse: Acts 27:24

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson.
Used by permission.
Passport: the coast of Syria to Asia Minor

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  1. Thank you for all the work you do on the lessons. I have really appreciated the ones on Acts. We are now ready to study Acts 27. Thanks again/Erlene

  2. As a Sunday school coordinator, I LOVE this! What a great resource this place is! I loved your lesson on Paul and I'll be back for more. Thanks for sharing your gift!

  3. Debbie,
    What a great way to teach children! So glad I foud you at Lisha's #GiveMeGrace link up. So pleased that His Word can be woven into our children's lives.
    Peace be with you,

  4. Great work again Debbie, thank you for faithfully linking up each week at Good Morning Mondays and blessing us with all your lessons. Have a great week. xxx

  5. Thank you for sharing! This is wonderful!

    Thank you for stopping by the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop this week. We hope to see you drop by our neck of the woods next week!

  6. My family and I went on our first cruise last year, and we hit a rough patch of water the second day in. That did us in. We are definitely land lovers! Can't imagine what those men went through. Loved how you said this: "God kept them safe even when things were not going easy." Thanks for sharing with #SocialButterflySunday! Hope to see you link up again this week :)

  7. your worksheet on paul isnt linking properly .(the picture one under the boat activity)
    says file not found.

  8. This website is great, thank you for sharing all of your hard work with us. I also used a ship from a game called Don’t Rock The Boat to reinforce the story.

  9. Good afternoon. I have previously commented about loving your lessons. I also mentioned that the little quiz that comes with the "newer lessons" cannot be accessed. Today, I tried to print the "boat" picture for the "Paul's Shipwreck" lesson, and the message that came up is that it isn't available. When do you think these might be available? Thanks, again, for all the work you put in these lessons.

    1. Hello Barbara, I do not know why some of the links are not working, but thank you for letting me know. The boat link has been corrected. Sorry, I can't find a previous comment from you inquiring about the quiz that isn't working. Could you tell me more about that problem? Is it the review question worksheets? And which lesson is it for? Sorry, I am not sure what you are asking about.


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