Have you ever been in an accident or known someone who has? It is scary
and terrifying. Let’s listen to this story and see what happens when Paul is
in a boating accident.
The following is a summary of the Bible story to help you with your
preparation. It is NOT to be read to the children. Instead, use your Bible to
explain the story. Make a note page to help you remember your plans for
the lesson or questions you wanted to ask.
Remember last week we learned that Paul would be going to see the em-
peror to tell him about his case. Governor Festus put Paul and other “prisoners”
on a ship headed for the emperor’s country of Italy. Together, there were over
200 people on the ship.
The ship headed along the coast and stopped several times because the
weather was starting to get windy.
Finally, Paul warned the soldiers that much would be lost if they contin-
ued on their journey. Paul was suggesting that they stay in the town for the win-
ter to avoid the horrible stormy winter at sea.
The head soldier did not listen to Paul. Instead, they set sail and traveled
along the shore. Before long, a hurricane size wind came and swept the ship
into the deep water.
Many days passed where they couldn’t see the sun or land. They had
thrown extra cargo off the ship so that the ship would be safe.
The rain and wind were so fierce that the men began to lose hope. Paul
talked to the people and encouraged them. He told them that an angel told him
that everyone would be safe and the ship would run aground on an island.
After 14 days, the sailors sensed that land was close by. They dropped 4
anchors and prayed for daylight. Several sailors tried to escape by letting down
the lifeboats. Paul saw them and told the commander that unless they stayed
on board the ship, everyone would not be safe. So the commander ordered the
lifeboats to be cut free.
Describe how Paul trusted in God
Share how God protected Paul and helped him have strength
Speak the truth