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The C.A.I. Were there prayers of petition, asking for their release? If I were Paul, I would have some pleasure in watching these magistrates “eat humble pie” (as we would say). Churches were planted near and far as Jesus’ followers proclaimed the message of Christ. Welcome to Lesson 4 of your Bible Study of Acts. In the book of Acts, we have a record of the most fertile period of outreach in the history of Christianity. 26 Suddenly a great earthquake occurred, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken. First, the prisoners would have attempted to escape from their confinement. I am sure that the jailer wondered what he would do with his prisoners, now that he had come to faith. Indeed, many things are quite the opposite of pleasant. The Holy Spirit would not allow Paul and those with him to preach either in Asia or Bithynia. Luke informs us that she immediately insisted that Paul and his associates stay at her house. 13 On the Sabbath day we went outside the city gate to the side of the river, where we thought there would be a place of prayer, and we sat down and began to speak to the women who had assembled there. Acts 16 begins with the arrival of Paul and Silas at Derbe and Lystra in southern Galatia. 39 They had a sharp disagreement, so that they parted company. She was a businesswoman who dealt in purple fabrics. They cared nothing for their slave, but only about their profits. Paul had him circumcised so that his ministry would be more broadly accepted. He was no longer required to incarcerate those who had brought the gospel to him. v.40; MATTHEW 26:40,43; cf. It is yet another ten-mile trek from Neapolis to Philippi, where the first church in Europe is soon to be founded. These inmates were about to witness an event that they would talk about for the rest of their lives. We stayed in this city for some days. When such times occurred, Mr. Riddell’s face would suddenly darken into a frown, and that look was enough to stop bad behavior in its tracks. Since she and others were at the river when Paul arrived it would be easy to understand her baptism as being much like that of the Ethiopian eunuch in Acts chapter 8. Some disagree over where this prison is located, but it seems clear that Paul is waiting for his trial, and his future is uncertain. They certainly had no way to escape. This “other gospel” does not save, but condemns. As we consider this earthquake and its aftermath, I want you to keep one thing in mind—the purpose of this earthquake was not to give Paul and Silas the chance to escape, and it was not God’s intent that any of the prisoners escape. Question: "What is the origin of the Roman Catholic Church?" A through examination of the subject also reveals that virtually every month on the calendar has been proposed by biblical scholars as housing the birth of Christ. The second missionary journey of Paul would be even more dangerous than the first, and therefore taking John Mark along would be ill advised. A ministration not of the letter that kills, but of the Spirit that gives life. Five hundred at once had seen Jesus after His resurrection, but only 120 were found at the prayer meeting when God's zero hour struck. Pentecost was originally an Old Testament festival, the only festival for which no specific date is given in the Bible, it is called the festival of weeks. Here, the first church in Europe was planted. This young woman was a slave girl. Were there prayers of praise? The Birth of the Church. Remember, Jesus Christ is our example. Another is that they immediately (much like Lydia) sought to show hospitality to Paul and Silas. in 1971. Usually, Mr. Riddell was a very jovial fellow, making jokes and taking a very lighthearted approach to teaching. Often, it is suffering which prompts the unsaved to come to Christ for salvation. Speaking with tongues is bound up with human personality. It is God who opens the hearts of men, so that men may believe (see John 6:37, 44, 65). The INDIVIDUAL experience - drinking in of the Spirit. It was our Lord’s suffering and death on the cross of Calvary that provided for the forgiveness of sins. Perhaps. Immediately all the doors flew open, and the bonds of all the prisoners came loose. Schwiebert, E. G. Luther and His Times: The Reformation from a New Perspective, Saint Louis: Concordia, 1950. After they brought them out, they asked them repeatedly to leave the city. In addition to not seeing any of the prisoners, the jailer must not have heard any noise, either, or he would have known that the prisoners were still inside. It was not the jailer’s faith that saved his household; each member of his household had to hear and heed the gospel message for themselves, and this they did. 16:1 He also came to Derbe and to Lystra. As Dr. Haddon Robinson once remarked, this epistle does not come with a tear-out contribution card and a self-addressed, stamped envelope, with the hope of getting yet another gift from the Philippians. The believer is plunged and immersed into the fire of the Holy Spirit by Jesus Christ. He spoke also of another day. logo is copyright and only for use by Christian Assemblies International. 4 I should say at this point that there are some who assume that the demon possessed fortune teller was saved, and this might be the case, but the text does not really tell us that she came to faith. The text does not teach this. Every chain that secured a prisoner to the wall or to the floor was broken loose (16:26). It is interesting to note the change in our text from “they” (Acts 16:6, 7) to “we” (Acts 16:10). Herod (Matthew 2:3,16) died in … God seldom does things the way we would expect. 35 At daybreak the magistrates sent their police officers, saying, “Release those men.” 36 The jailer reported these words to Paul, saying, “The magistrates have sent orders to release you. He had no great cause for concern, for the very next day police officers arrived, sent by the magistrates who had illegally sentenced Paul and Silas. And so He does: “When the Gentiles heard this, they began to rejoice and praise the word of the Lord, and all who had been appointed for eternal life believed” (Acts 13:48). Some think that standing around at church eating refreshments and making small talk is “fellowship.” This is not the case for Paul or for the other New Testament writers. Without a doubt! Note the importance given to prayer in the New Testament and the failures that followed lack of prayer. The two new inmates began to sing. (See LUKE 9:32; cf. It was Paul who first broke the silence. They celebrated His death, burial, and resurrection. What a terrifying experience this must have been. But God had much bigger things in mind. By and large, it was those who were suffering who came to Christ for mercy and grace. What would they learn about the Christian’s response to suffering? Third, Philippians is an epistle that gives us an entirely different standard for giving and fund-raising. In addition, we know that he received a more thorough definition of the gospel later that night in the jailer’s home: “Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him, along with all those who were in his house” (Acts 16:32). Sadly in many churches Pentecost/Pentecostal Sunday is one of the most neglected events of the church calendar. v.56). 5 Even a man as great as the Apostle Paul did not hastily take on the forces of evil. The birth of Jesus Christ was like this: Mary His mother had been promised in marriage to Joseph. 3 There are those who might infer from these words that if the jailer himself believed, this would suffice not only for his salvation, but also for the salvation of his entire household. 17 She followed behind Paul and us and kept crying out, “These men are servants of the Most High God, who are proclaiming to you the way of salvation.” 18 She continued to do this for many days. This was a night no one would ever forget. CHAPTER 9 The Birth of the Church. 4 As they went through the towns, they passed on the decrees that had been decided on by the apostles and elders in Jerusalem for the Gentile believers to obey. Paul is therefore not free to go about preaching the gospel and establishing churches as he once did. Every prisoner remained in their cell, even though their cell door was open and their chains had fallen loose. Let’s call him “Paul, the warrior.” Here, Paul reminds me a great deal of Clyde Riddell in his “mad mode.” As we read Galatians, we see a very animated and even angry apostle, incensed by the fact that some are turning from the true gospel of salvation by grace alone and embracing another “gospel,” a gospel of works. And now they want to send us away secretly? More books of the New Testament were written by the Apostle Paul than any other New Testament author. In Galatians, we find a very different Paul. This would well explain why so few Jews were to be found there, so few, in fact, that the city did not even have a synagogue. They gave the jailer orders to release Paul and Silas. Paul and Silas were Roman citizens. “The birth of God’s plan, The Church!”. Their afflictions showed them that they could not heal themselves, but that they needed someone else—the Messiah—to heal them. Barnabas agreed, but wanted to take John Mark along with them. Berean Bible Church is located in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and is an independent Bible church with reference to denominational affiliation, and are led through a serious, often verse-by-verse sstudy of the Scriptures by Pastor David B. Curtis. By the way, this incident gives us a fairly good test of “good Christian music.” This is a hotly debated topic in many churches. Church members feel greater unity and comfort because everyone else is pretty much like them. This is the beginning of the Church – people coming to know the Lord and His will by hearing the Word, spoken by believers. The magistrates begged Paul and Silas to leave their city, which Paul did, but only after he took the time to meet with the new believers. Suppose that Paul and Silas had moaned and groaned and cursed because of their pain. Paul immediately told the others about it. Let us listen well to the words of Paul in Philippians, and seek to learn why “to live is Christ.”. In Matthew 16:18 the Lord Jesus Christ said: "Upon this Rock I will _____ My _____." (The following is a guide to a possible way to present Acts 2:22-47 to your class. This young man had a Jewish mother and a Gentile father. Q. Actually, that book does exist. For example, there is “Paul, the theologian.” You can see Paul’s very logical reasoning in the Book of Romans, as he meticulously works his way through the doctrine of salvation. What is very interesting to me is the way God providentially used the disagreement between Paul and Barnabas to prepare the way for a new and unexpected thrust of missionary activity. Had Paul and Barnabas not separated, they would likely have retraced the steps of their first missionary journey. There is also some kind of disagreement between two women, as we find in chapter 4. They listened intently, and perhaps they wondered what would come of all this. However, the rapid proliferation of church divisions actually begins in the 16th Century with the Reformation. August 23, 2020; Dean Carlson We should all see that it was God who divinely directed Paul and Silas and the other members of this team to Philippi. But that would have taken them to Cyprus. We know that it was dark inside that prison, because the jailer had to call for a light (16:29). The Philippian church was used by Paul as an example of generosity, so as to stimulate the Corinthians to follow-through with their commitment to give to the needy saints in Judea (2 Corinthians 8:1-5; 9:1-5). The official designation is “administrative segregation.”. He also spoke some German. I have dealt with this matter in my exposition of the Book of Acts,2 so I will not deal with it in detail here. (I have a friend whose father was a sheriff for many years, and he tells me that his family lived in the jail building. 34 The jailer brought them into his house and set food before them; and he rejoiced greatly that he had come to believe in God, together with his entire household. At the time of his writing, Paul has only one person whom he can trust to send to Philippi—Timothy—who will seek the Philippians’ best interests, rather than his own (2:20-21). Guidelines For Group Bible Studies: ACTS 2:1-4, 14-18, 37-38, 41-47 Paul and Silas suffered, and because of this, the Philippian jailer and his household were saved. They had lost considerable wealth, and they were angry. In a manner similar to the way we see demons announcing the presence of our Lord in the Gospels (see Mark 1:24, 34; Luke 4:34), the fortuneteller served as the “town crier,” telling all within hearing distance who Paul and his team were. Barnabas took along Mark and sailed away to Cyprus, 40 but Paul chose Silas and set out, commended to the grace of the Lord by the brothers and sisters. Mr. Riddell could virtually change his personality in a split second. Just as the songs of Paul and Silas provide us with the opportunity to ponder the value of our music, the prayers of Paul and Silas present us with an occasion to consider the content of our prayers. But when things were once again under control in the classroom, the old “Mr. We shall see in this lesson how God providentially and more directly guided Paul and those with him to Macedonia, and specifically Philippi. Second, the church at Philippi is the only church I am aware of in the New Testament that is used as a model for other churches to follow. I have been to a lot of prisons in my life (in prison ministry), and I have seen some pretty miserable places. 9 A vision appeared to Paul during the night: a Macedonian man was standing there urging him, “Come over to Macedonia and help us!” 10 After Paul saw the vision, we attempted immediately to go over to Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to proclaim the good news to them. Fifth, Philippians is a book that helps us get a proper perspective on unjust suffering, persecution, and even death. Would they have come to know about the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ on the cross of Calvary? How could these Jewish foreigners possibly find any forum where they could protest their arrest and treatment? Just this past week in Texas, a couple of death row inmates were able to overpower a woman guard and to hold her hostage for a few agonizing hours. They had traveled as far to the northwest as they could, to the seaport city of Troas. A TOGETHER fellowship (v.42) quickened together; raised up together; fitly framed together; builded together (, A WORSHIPPING fellowship (v.42) centred around the Lord's table. So often today, men “split” ministries in a way that creates animosity and division. Their whole business had just collapsed before their very eyes. The building of the Church, the body of Christ, is an incredibly great event for both time and eternity. It can be simplified for younger students and could also be used for Childrens’ Church.) God saw to it that there was a church planted in Philippi. They concluded that Gentile converts were not to be subjected to Judaism and laid down only minimal requirements of these converts. But Acts 16:2 indicates that Timothy was already one who had proven his faithfulness in ministry. It was the message of repentance, baptism in water, and the receiving of the Holy Spirit. From what we read in Acts 15:36-41, neither Paul nor Barnabas anticipated a new missionary thrust into Europe. I can see Lydia sitting there in the front row, along with others of her household who came to faith through the preaching of Paul. A Lasting Legacy: Choosing A Wife For Isaac (Gen. 24:1-67). The Apostle Paul seems to have written this epistle as a “thank you” letter in response to the gifts1 that were sent to him in his time of need. If you or I were to hand pick those whom we would like to see saved and used as the nucleus of a new church, I doubt we would select those whom God chose.4. But within that initial act and part of it, in God's intention, is baptism in water. Having a place to stay met a very practical need for “bed and breakfast,” and it also provided these Jewish preachers a measure of protection. I will say that I believe both Paul and Barnabas were right. Does debt affect giving in modern times in light of the Israelite tithe and slaves? To be honest, I’m not sure how much, but he certainly had some expressions he used frequently. He endured this woman’s announcements for some time,5 but eventually he became so annoyed by her that he cast the demon out of her. Then write answers to the questions. Jesus, towards the close of His life on earth, spoke of "another Comforter" (JOHN 14:16) - Counsellor (NIV), Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, Standby (Amp), coming not only to be WITH them, but also to be IN them (v.17). They themselves must come and escort us out!” 38 The police officers reported these words to the magistrates. Paul indicates in this letter that the Philippians were the only ones to stand behind him financially in his times of need (Philippians 4:10-19). He is just the opposite of “Paul, the warrior” in Galatians. Several of the women who gathered there may have come to faith, but Luke focuses his attention on one woman—Lydia. 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