Leadership lessons from Paul's shipwreck

Introduction

Christian life is not a cakewalk. Definitely not when you are in charge of something. Spiritual, emotional and even physical storms and shipwrecks are inevitable in Christian leadership. Consider the life, ministry and death of the great leader Paul. He was sought after to kill, shipwrecked and finally got executed! In today’s sermon I am going to share some of the leadership qualities that Paul expressed when he got shipwrecked. So as leaders we shall know how to handle our own storms and shipwrecks in ministry.

1. Expected the unexpected

A. Paul expected what others never expected, (Acts 27:9-12)

B. He was a visionary leader. He wasn’t driven by what he saw, (Acts 27:13)

C. Ask God for wisdom that you will see crisis in advance and prepare yourself.

2. Remembered God’s purpose

A. Paul was aware of God’s plan and purpose, (Acts 9:15-16)

B. He shrewdly appealed to Caesar and arranged to sail to Rome so that he could preach to Romans! (Acts 27:23-25)

C. When in crisis, remember God’s purpose. It helps to maintain focus on the mission.

3. Took control of the situation

A. Paul didn’t blame but had faith in God and sustained hope, (Acts 27:21-25)

B. He assumed leadership, took control and devised a plan, (Acts 27:26)

C. Leaders are called to sustain hope, control situations, devise plans and take action.

4. Maintained a composed attitude

A. In the middle of havoc Paul gathers a pile of brushwood. A sign of composed attitude, (Acts 28:3)

B. It is Paul’s composed attitude that gave him the ability to lead his team.

C. Leaders with composed attitudes always win the trust of their followers.

5. Remembered his identity

A. The Maltese were swift to judge. They believed Paul is a criminal and later a god, (Acts 28:3-6)

B. Paul wasn’t concerned. He knew he is not a sinner neither a god. Rather used the opportunity to minister.

C. When criticized, leaders must remember their identity in God because seeking to silent the critiques distracts you from the task.

6. Didn’t stop leading

A. The bad weather forced Paul to stay in Malta for 3 months.

B. He continued to lead instead of sitting idle and cursing the weather, (Acts 28:8-11)

C. Real leaders transform crisis into new opportunities for leading.

Implications

Leaders who handle crisis the right way receives grace from God. God’s presence will always be with them. Consider the following.

A. God assured Paul of divine protection

(Acts 27:23-24)

If you follow Paul’s example in times of crisis God will always protect you and help you to reach your intended destination.

B. God’s used Paul to manifest His supremacy and power to pagans in Malta

(Acts 28:7-10).

At times of terrible crisis God wants leaders through whom he can manifest His power. Stand up to the challenge and God will use you mightily.

C. God gave Paul favor in the eyes of strangers

(Acts 28:1-2)

The Maltese didn’t speak Paul’s language but they definitely understood Paul’s situation. God always sends help to leaders like Paul.

D. God made the Maltese honor Paul

(Acts 28:10)

Real leaders are more concerned about glorifying God than their own fame. God personally honors such leaders and makes them to be honored by others.

Conclusion

If you are a leader help yourself with these principles every time you find yourself standing before storms and shipwrecks. One day you will be able to look back and say ‘Mission accomplished!’ (Conclude by reading 2 Timothy 4:7)

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