Shipwreck (Believers, Leaders, Churches)

Kubernesis is the governance process of navigating through competing forces (good and evil) to deliver the precious cargo, the souls of the Church family, to Jesus the King. This is a big responsibility and requires supernatural ability to navigate supernatural forces.

Navigating supernatural terrain by relying only on the natural skills and ability is folly.

A good metaphor for Shipwrecked Churches and Believers worth reflecting upon. Ask yourself how these outcomes could have been avoided (if possible). Here’s some ideas:

  • Poor equipment or equipping
  • Equipment failure
  • Poor planning
  • Did not follow instructions or advice
  • Took the wrong path
  • Inexperience
  • Not paying attention
  • Impossible to avoid
  • Insurers may describes officially as “an Act of God”. (Really !)

 

JESUS – THE CAPTAIN (Navigator) OF OUR SALVATION
Hebrews 2:9-10

  • 9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.10 For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.

STORMS (Look to Jesus, Peace be still !)
Mark 4:35-41

  • 35 And the same day, when the even was come, he saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side.
  • 36 And when they had sent away the multitude, they took him even as he was in the ship. And there were also with him other little ships.
  • 37 And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full.
  • 38 And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish?
  • 39 And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.
  • 40 And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?
  • 41 And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?

WIND’S OF DOCTRINE (Being tossed to and fro)
Ephesians 4:11-16

  • 11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
  • 12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
  • 13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
  • 14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
  • 15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:
  • 16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

SHIPWRECK (of Faith)

  • 1 Timothy 1:19 – 19 Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck

PAUL’s SHIPWRECK EXPERIENCE
Acts 27

 

  • 1 And when it was determined that we should sail into Italy, they delivered Paul and certain other prisoners unto one named Julius, a centurion of Augustus’ band.
  • 2 And entering into a ship of Adramyttium, we launched, meaning to sail by the coasts of Asia; one Aristarchus, a Macedonian of Thessalonica, being with us.
  • 3 And the next day we touched at Sidon. And Julius courteously entreated Paul, and gave him liberty to go unto his friends to refresh himself.
  • 4 And when we had launched from thence, we sailed under Cyprus, because the winds were contrary.
  • 5 And when we had sailed over the sea of Cilicia and Pamphylia, we came to Myra, a city of Lycia.
  • 6And there the centurion found a ship of Alexandria sailing into Italy; and he put us therein.
  • 7 And when we had sailed slowly many days, and scarce were come over against Cnidus, the wind not suffering us, we sailed under Crete, over against Salmone;
  • 8 And, hardly passing it, came unto a place which is called The fair havens; nigh whereunto was the city of Lasea.
  • 9 Now when much time was spent, and when sailing was now dangerous, because the fast was now already past, Paul admonished them,
  • 10 And said unto them, Sirs, I perceive that this voyage will be with hurt and much damage, not only of the lading and ship, but also of our lives.
  • 11 Nevertheless the centurion believed the master and the owner of the ship, more than those things which were spoken by Paul.
  • 12 And because the haven was not commodious to winter in, the more part advised to depart thence also, if by any means they might attain to Phenice, and there to winter; which is an haven of Crete, and lieth toward the south west and north west.
  • 13 And when the south wind blew softly, supposing that they had obtained their purpose, loosing thence, they sailed close by Crete.
  • 14 But not long after there arose against it a tempestuous wind, called Euroclydon.
  • 15 And when the ship was caught, and could not bear up into the wind, we let her drive.
  • 16 And running under a certain island which is called Clauda, we had much work to come by the boat:
  • 17 Which when they had taken up, they used helps, undergirding the ship; and, fearing lest they should fall into the quicksands, strake sail, and so were driven.
  • 18 And we being exceedingly tossed with a tempest, the next day they lightened the ship;
  • 19 And the third day we cast out with our own hands the tackling of the ship.
  • 20 And when neither sun nor stars in many days appeared, and no small tempest lay on us, all hope that we should be saved was then taken away.
  • 21 But after long abstinence Paul stood forth in the midst of them, and said, Sirs, ye should have hearkened unto me, and not have loosed from Crete, and to have gained this harm and loss.
  • 22 And now I exhort you to be of good cheer: for there shall be no loss of any man’s life among you, but of the ship.
  • 23 For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve,
  • 24 Saying, Fear not, Paul; thou must be brought before Caesar: and, lo, God hath given thee all them that sail with thee.
  • 25 Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer: for I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me.
  • 26 Howbeit we must be cast upon a certain island.
  • 27 But when the fourteenth night was come, as we were driven up and down in Adria, about midnight the shipmen deemed that they drew near to some country;
  • 28 And sounded, and found it twenty fathoms: and when they had gone a little further, they sounded again, and found it fifteen fathoms.
  • 29 Then fearing lest we should have fallen upon rocks, they cast four anchors out of the stern, and wished for the day.
  • 30 And as the shipmen were about to flee out of the ship, when they had let down the boat into the sea, under colour as though they would have cast anchors out of the foreship,
  • 31 Paul said to the centurion and to the soldiers, Except these abide in the ship, ye cannot be saved.
  • 32 Then the soldiers cut off the ropes of the boat, and let her fall off.
  • 33 And while the day was coming on, Paul besought them all to take meat, saying, This day is the fourteenth day that ye have tarried and continued fasting, having taken nothing.
  • 34 Wherefore I pray you to take some meat: for this is for your health: for there shall not an hair fall from the head of any of you.
  • 35 And when he had thus spoken, he took bread, and gave thanks to God in presence of them all: and when he had broken it, he began to eat.
  • 36 Then were they all of good cheer, and they also took some meat.
  • 37 And we were in all in the ship two hundred threescore and sixteen souls.
  • 38 And when they had eaten enough, they lightened the ship, and cast out the wheat into the sea.
  • 39 And when it was day, they knew not the land: but they discovered a certain creek with a shore, into the which they were minded, if it were possible, to thrust in the ship.
  • 40 And when they had taken up the anchors, they committed themselves unto the sea, and loosed the rudder bands, and hoised up the mainsail to the wind, and made toward shore.
  • 41 And falling into a place where two seas met, they ran the ship aground; and the forepart stuck fast, and remained unmoveable, but the hinder part was broken with the violence of the waves.
  • 42 And the soldiers’ counsel was to kill the prisoners, lest any of them should swim out, and escape.
  • 43 But the centurion, willing to save Paul, kept them from their purpose; and commanded that they which could swim should cast themselves first into the sea, and get to land:
  • 44 And the rest, some on boards, and some on broken pieces of the ship. And so it came to pass, that they escaped all safe to land.

 

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