gathered to worship.
d. How Paul took advantage of that situation by preaching the Gospel to them.
e. And how the Lord opened Lydia\u2019s heart to receive Jesus Christ.
f. The Lord will do His will through His people, and even though we don\u2019t
a. When he saw the kingdom of God advance into Macedonia, he moved his
servant \u2013 the demon possessed fortune teller \u2013 into place to try and frustrate
(i) She followed them day after day, crying out in a loud voice who they
(ii) Whether she was trying to gain more clout for herself, discredit them by
her associating with them, or just trying to frustrate them, Paul finally
reached the point where he did something about it.
(iii) Paul and Silas had their robes stripped from them, they were beaten
many times with rods, and then they were thrown into prison and their feet
were fastened in the stocks.
1. This morning, let\u2019s look at how the Lord used these circumstances again to
advance His kingdom.
a. Paul and Silas were not discouraged by what had happened \u2013 they began
A. We can rejoice in the worst of times if we know we are doing God\u2019s will: Paul
and Silas were in prison and yet were able to worship God.
1. How many times have we had difficulty worshiping God when things are going
2. Paul and Silas were able to worship the Lord in spite of what they had gone
through: \u201cBut about midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns
of praise to God, and the prisoners were listening to them\u201d (Acts 16:25).
a. They must have been hurting and somewhat humiliated by the treatment they
b. They were encouraged by the fact that it is a blessing to suffer for the Gospel,
to bear in their bodies the blows meant for Jesus (Gal. 6:17).
(i) The Spirit of glory and of grace was resting on them (1 Pet. 4:14).
c. They also knew that their conduct would be a witness to others around them,
either for good or bad.
(i) Bearing up patiently under abuse in the presence of others for the sake of
d. Their greatest encouragement must have come from the fact that they were
honoring the One who laid down His life for them.
(i) Suffering for the Gospel is one of the ways we bring the greatest honor to
B. But here\u2019s another reason we can rejoice when we suffer for His sake: God will
continue to work with us during those times, if we\u2019re only willing to keep doing
His will: Paul and Silas did not become discouraged and give up, but trusted the
Lord, and as a result, the jailer and his household were saved.
1. The Lord responded to the prayers and praises of Paul and Silas: \u201cAnd suddenly
there came a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison house were
shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone's chains were
unfastened\u201d (v. 26).
a. He responded with a miracle: A great earthquake, the foundations of the
2. This miracle was not meant to free Paul and Silas, but to draw attention to His
Son, Jesus Christ.
a. At first glance, it might appear that the Lord was opening the gates and
(i) \u201cWhen the jailer awoke and saw the prison doors opened, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself, supposing that the prisoners had escaped\u201d (v. 27).
(ii) The jailer was about to end his life: Since the penalty for letting your
prisoners escape was death anyway, he thought he would spare himself the
humiliation that accompanied it.
This action might not be possible to undo. Are you sure you want to continue?