This Sunday we'll wrap up our study of "ACTS: The Church Alive!" with one of the most exciting stories in the Bible. Paul is sent as a prisoner to Rome on board a ship. Crossing the Adriatic Sea a terrible storm arose. For fourteen days the ship was blown here and there by hurricane force winds and tossed to and fro by the waves. The passengers were too sick to eat. Finally the ship ran aground off the coast of Malta and miraculously all of the crew and passengers made it safely ashore.
What's interesting is that in all this chaos, there was a lack of leadership. The ship's captain didn't know what to do, thinking all was lost. The centurion in charge of a hundred Roman troops had to be told what to do so that he didn't lose control of the ship or his prisoners. It was in the midst of this confusion Paul, a prisoner, became everyone's leader. There are times when, because of our faith and commitment to Jesus Christ, we have to take charge in chaotic circumstances. We'll see in Acts chapters 27 and 28, that's what Paul did.
The Scripture teaches us that the Holy Spirit gives some believers the spiritual gift of leadership (Romans 12:8). The church needs these good and consistent leaders as we seek to serve God's here on earth. But many Christians, who may not feel like they have the gift of leadership, in chaotic situations and emergencies, will be expected to take charge. As believers we have spiritual resources, faith in God, and values that help us to stay calm and make good decisions when everyone around us isn't sure what to do. From time to time we may need to take charge for our family, at work, in the church or in the community. God will use our take-charge faith to bless others.
In this Sunday's sermon we'll learn about Paul's take-charge faith during his shipwreck and on the island of Malta. We'll discover several principles of leadership we can all use in crisis situations to help others. When a loved one dies, when people at your office receive a layoff notice, when a family member is sick, they need someone with a take-charge faith to step up and lead them. I hope you'll join us as we wrap up our study of Acts and learn about "A Take Charge Faith."
We have Traditional Worship at 9:00 a.m. and Contemporary Worship at 10:45 a.m. The First Baptist Church of Riverside is located at 5500 Alessandro Blvd. in Riverside, CA.