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1 The Real Change Campaign Part 7 Sinkers and Savers Sunday, December 27 Acts 27:9 [NIV] - Much time had been lost, and sailing had already become dangerous because by now it was after the Fast. So Paul warned them, Acts 27:10 - Men, I can see that our voyage is going to be disastrous and bring great loss to ship and cargo, and to our own lives also. Acts 27:13 - When a gentle south wind began to blow, they thought they had obtained what they wanted; so they weighed anchor and sailed along the shore of Crete. Acts 27:14 - Before very long, a wind of hurricane force, called the northeaster, swept down from the island. Acts 27:15 - The ship was caught by the storm and could not head into the wind; so we gave way to it and were driven along. Acts 27:16 - As we passed to the lee of a small island called Cauda, we were hardly able to make the lifeboat secure. Acts 27:17 - When the men had hoisted it aboard, they passed ropes under the ship itself to hold it together. Fearing that they would run aground on the sandbars of Syrtis, they lowered the sea anchor and let the ship be driven along. Acts 27:18 - We took such a violent battering from the storm that the next day they began to throw the cargo overboard. Acts 27:19 - On the third day, they threw the ship s tackle overboard with their own hands. Acts 27:20 - When neither sun nor stars appeared for many days and the storm continued raging, we finally gave up all hope of being saved. You can be chosen by God but often feel like you want to give up Acts 27:21 - After the men had gone a long time without food, Paul stood up before them and said: Men, you should have taken my advice not to sail from Crete; then you would have spared yourselves this damage and loss.

2 Acts 27:22 - But now I urge you to keep up your courage, because not one of you will be lost;. Acts 27:23 - Last night an angel of the God whose I am and whom I serve stood beside me Acts 27:24 - and said, Do not be afraid, Paul. You must stand trial before Caesar; and God has graciously given you the lives of all who sail with you. Acts 27:25 - So keep up your courage, men, for I have faith in God that it will happen just as he told me. Acts 27:29 - Fearing that we would be dashed against the rocks, they dropped four anchors from the stern and prayed for daylight. Acts 27:30 - In an attempt to escape from the ship, the sailors let the lifeboat down into the sea, pretending they were going to lower some anchors from the bow. Acts 27:31 - Then Paul said to the centurion and the soldiers, Unless these men stay with the ship, you cannot be saved Jonah 1:1 [NIV] - The word of the LORD came to Jonah son of Amittai: Jonah 1:2 - Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me. Jonah 1:3 - But Jonah ran away from the LORD and headed for Tarshish. He went down to Joppa, where he found a ship bound for that port. After paying the fare, he went aboard and sailed for Tarshish to flee from the LORD. Jonah 1:4 - Then the LORD sent a great wind on the sea, and such a violent storm arose that the ship threatened to break up. Jonah 1:5 - All the sailors were afraid and each cried out to his own god. And they threw the cargo into the sea to lighten the ship. But Jonah had gone below deck, where he lay down and fell into a deep sleep. Why the ship was experiencing trouble, the person who followed The Lord was nowhere to be found

3 Jonah 1:6 - The captain went to him and said, How can you sleep? Get up and call on your god! Maybe he will take notice of us, and we will not perish. Jonah 1:7 - Then the sailors said to each other, Come, let us cast lots to find out who is responsible for this calamity. They cast lots and the lot fell on Jonah. Jonah 1:8 - So they asked him, Tell us, who is responsible for making all this trouble for us? What do you do? Where do you come from? What is your country? From what people are you? Jonah 1:9 - He answered, I am a Hebrew and I worship the LORD, the God of heaven, who made the sea and the land. Jonah 1:10 - This terrified them and they asked, What have you done? (They knew he was running away from the LORD, because he had already told them so.) Jonah 1:11 - The sea was getting rougher and rougher. So they asked him, What should we do to you to make the sea calm down for us? Jonah 1:12 - Pick me up and throw me into the sea, he replied, and it will become calm. I know that it is my fault that this great storm has come upon you. Jonah was depressed because he was being disobedient Jonah 1:13 - Instead, the men did their best to row back to land. But they could not, for the sea grew even wilder than before. Jonah 1:14 - Then they cried to the LORD, O LORD, please do not let us die for taking this man s life. Do not hold us accountable for killing an innocent man, for you, O LORD, have done as you pleased. The unbelievers were more concerned about The Lords will than the person who claimed to follow Him Jonah 1:15 - Then they took Jonah and threw him overboard, and the raging sea grew calm. Jonah 1:17 - But the LORD provided a great fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was inside the fish three days and three nights. QUESTION TO ASK OURSELVES: Is the boat better off because we are on board? How Do I know if I am making the boat better?

4 I am REACHING others Through praying for others and their salvation Through constantly seeking to invite others to a Sunday morning worship experience, BIG DAY, or Project Hope event I am GROWING in my spiritual walk Through a daily quiet time / devotions Through participation in a Life Group. Life Groups begin the week of February 8. Through corporate prayer at 9 AM on Sundays in the sanctuary.

5 I am GIVING of my finances Through giving 10% of our household income to the local church (called a tithe ). This is baseline obedience to the scriptures in regards to giving. Through giving to special campaigns and special offerings above our tithe. In scripture this is called an offering. I am SERVING on a Dream Team Through being a part of a Sunday Dream Team: youth, KidzTown, multimedia, VIP, safety, sound, worship arts, café, and prayer. Through Project Hope. PH is one way that we at Clearview give back to the community through festivals, random acts of kindness, feeding the homeless, etc. PH is the outreach ministry of our church.

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