Hey guys! I really enjoyed reading Acts 16. Its all about Paul and Silas being put in prison and God breaking them out again. This time in the process they are even able to save the jailer! So let's get started.
Paul find Timothy in Lystra who wants to follow them. And then this is were it gets a bit awkward because there is only one problem. Timothy is not circumcised and the Jews who lived in that area still believed circumcision was mandated. You have to remember that Paul didn't circumcise Timothy because they had to, he did it for the sake of ministry What does Timothy's willingness to be circumcised show about his dedication?
Paul and Silas are in Phillipi preaching the gospel when a demon possessed girl who could tell fortunes follows them saying, "These men are the servants of the most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation." The girl continues to do this for a few days then finally Paul is fed up and commons the demon to leave her. The masters' of the girl were furious. They beat them and put them in prison. How do you think a girl shouting at the apostles affected their mood? The girl's owners rejected the Gospel because it cost them financially. What financial concerns keep some people from faith today?
While in jail, there's a huge earthquake. The earthquake is so powerful in fact that the jail doors swing open and the chains fall of the prisoners. The jailer becomes suicidal but Paul and Silas are able to tell him the good news/ "They replied, "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved--you and your household.""(v. 31) What does Paul and Silas' response show about them? If asked, "What must I do to be saved" how would you answer?
Paul and Silas go all out when preaching the good news. This even gets them beaten and put in jail. What is something that can hold you back from ministering?