Pastor Ron Roddey
"Why Do Some Christian Commitments Stick And Some Do Not?"
Cornerstone Baptist Church
Rock Hill, South Carolina, USA
From Acts Chapter 27 & 2nd Corinthians
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.
27:2 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.
27:3 And the next day we touched at Sidon. And Julius courteously
entreated Paul, and gave him liberty to go unto his friends to refresh
27:4 And when we had launched from thence, we sailed under Cyprus,
because the winds were contrary.
27:5 And when we had sailed over the sea of Cilicia and Pamphylia, we
came to Myra, a city of Lycia.
27:6 And there the centurion found a ship of Alexandria sailing into
Italy; and he put us therein.
27:7 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
27:8 And, hardly passing it, came unto a place which is called The fair
havens; nigh whereunto was the city of Lasea.
27:9 Now when much time was spent, and when sailing was now dangerous,
because the fast was now already past, Paul admonished them,
27:10 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
27:11 Nevertheless the centurion believed the master and the owner of
the ship, more than those things which were spoken by Paul.
27:12 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.
27:13 And when the south wind blew softly, supposing that they had
obtained their purpose, loosing thence, they sailed close by Crete.
27:14 But not long after there arose against it a tempestuous wind,
27:15 And when the ship was caught, and could not bear up into the wind,
we let her drive.
27:16 And running under a certain island which is called Clauda, we had
much work to come by the boat:
27:17 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.
27:18 And we being exceedingly tossed with a tempest, the next day they
lightened the ship;
27:19 And the third day we cast out with our own hands the tackling of
27:20 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.
27:21 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.
27:22 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.
27:23 For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and
whom I serve,
27:24 Saying, Fear not, Paul; thou must be brought before Caesar: and,
lo, God hath given thee all them that sail with thee.
27:25 Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer: for I believe God, that it
shall be even as it was told me.
27:26 Howbeit we must be cast upon a certain island.
27:27 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
27:28 And sounded, and found it twenty fathoms: and when they had gone a
little further, they sounded again, and found it fifteen fathoms.
27:29 Then fearing lest we should have fallen upon rocks, they cast four
anchors out of the stern, and wished for the day.
27:30 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,
27:31 Paul said to the centurion and to the soldiers, Except these abide
in the ship, ye cannot be saved.
27:32 Then the soldiers cut off the ropes of the boat, and let her fall
27:33 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.
27:34 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.
27:35 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.
27:36 Then were they all of good cheer, and they also took some meat.
27:37 And we were in all in the ship two hundred threescore and sixteen
27:38 And when they had eaten enough, they lightened the ship, and cast
out the wheat into the sea.
27:39 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.
27:40 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.
27:41 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.
27:42 And the soldiers' counsel was to kill the prisoners, lest any of
them should swim out, and escape.
27:43 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:
27:44 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.
From 2nd Corinthians Chapter 11
11:1 Would to God ye could bear with me a little in my folly: and indeed
bear with me.
11:2 For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused
you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.
11:3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through
his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that
is in Christ.
11:4 For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not
preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received,
or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with
11:5 For I suppose I was not a whit behind the very chiefest apostles.
11:6 But though I be rude in speech, yet not in knowledge; but we have
been throughly made manifest among you in all things.
11:7 Have I committed an offence in abasing myself that ye might be
exalted, because I have preached to you the gospel of God freely?
11:8 I robbed other churches, taking wages of them, to do you service.
11:9 And when I was present with you, and wanted, I was chargeable to no
man: for that which was lacking to me the brethren which came from
Macedonia supplied: and in all things I have kept myself from being
burdensome unto you, and so will I keep myself.
11:10 As the truth of Christ is in me, no man shall stop me of this
boasting in the regions of Achaia.
11:11 Wherefore? because I love you not? God knoweth.
11:12 But what I do, that I will do, that I may cut off occasion from
them which desire occasion; that wherein they glory, they may be found
even as we.
11:13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming
themselves into the apostles of Christ.
11:14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of
11:15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be
transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be
according to their works.
11:16 I say again, Let no man think me a fool; if otherwise, yet as a
fool receive me, that I may boast myself a little.
11:17 That which I speak, I speak it not after the Lord, but as it were
foolishly, in this confidence of boasting.
11:18 Seeing that many glory after the flesh, I will glory also.
11:19 For ye suffer fools gladly, seeing ye yourselves are wise.
11:20 For ye suffer, if a man bring you into bondage, if a man devour
you, if a man take of you, if a man exalt himself, if a man smite you on
11:21 I speak as concerning reproach, as though we had been weak.
Howbeit whereinsoever any is bold, (I speak foolishly,) I am bold also.
11:22 Are they Hebrews? so am I. Are they Israelites? so am I. Are they
the seed of Abraham? so am I.
11:23 Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I am more; in
labours more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more
frequent, in deaths oft.
11:24 Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one.
11:25 Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I
suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep;
11:26 In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers,
in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in
the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils
among false brethren;
11:27 In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and
thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness.
11:28 Beside those things that are without, that which cometh upon me
daily, the care of all the churches.
11:29 Who is weak, and I am not weak? who is offended, and I burn not?
11:30 If I must needs glory, I will glory of the things which concern
11:31 The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which is blessed for
evermore, knoweth that I lie not.
11:32 In Damascus the governor under Aretas the king kept the city of
the Damascenes with a garrison, desirous to apprehend me:
11:33 And through a window in a basket was I let down by the wall, and
escaped his hands.