Acts Chapter 16

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Acts 16

1 Then came he to Derbe and Lystra: and, behold, a certain disciple was there, named Timotheus, the son of a certain woman, which was a Jewess, and believed; but his father was a Greek:

2 Which was well reported of by the brethren that were at Lystra and Iconium.

3 Him would Paul have to go forth with him; and took and circumcised him because of the Jews which were in those quarters: for they knew all that his father was a Greek.

4 And as they went through the cities, they delivered them the decrees for to keep, that were ordained of the apostles and elders which were at Jerusalem.

5 And so were the churches established in the faith, and increased in number daily.

6 Now when they had gone throughout Phrygia and the region of Galatia, and were forbidden of the Holy Ghost to preach the word in Asia,

7 After they were come to Mysia, they assayed to go into Bithynia: but the Spirit suffered them not.

8 And they passing by Mysia came down to Troas.

9 And a vision appeared to Paul in the night; There stood a man of Macedonia, and prayed him, saying, Come over into Macedonia, and help us.

10 And after he had seen the vision, immediately we endeavoured to go into Macedonia, assuredly gathering that the Lord had called us for to preach the gospel unto them.

11 Therefore loosing from Troas, we came with a straight course to Samothracia, and the next day to Neapolis;

12 And from thence to Philippi, which is the chief city of that part of Macedonia, and a colony: and we were in that city abiding certain days.

13 And on the sabbath we went out of the city by a river side, where prayer was wont to be made; and we sat down, and spake unto the women which resorted thither.

14 And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, which worshipped God, heard us: whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul.

15 And when she was baptized, and her household, she besought us, saying, If ye have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house, and abide there. And she constrained us.

16 And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying:

17 The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation.

18 And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour.

19 And when her masters saw that the hope of their gains was gone, they caught Paul and Silas, and drew them into the marketplace unto the rulers,

20 And brought them to the magistrates, saying, These men, being Jews, do exceedingly trouble our city,

21 And teach customs, which are not lawful for us to receive, neither to observe, being Romans.

22 And the multitude rose up together against them: and the magistrates rent off their clothes, and commanded to beat them.

23 And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast them into prison, charging the jailor to keep them safely:

24 Who, having received such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks.

25 And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.

26 And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed.

27 And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his sword, and would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had been fled.

28 But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm: for we are all here.

29 Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas,

30 And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?

31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.

32 And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house.

33 And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway.

34 And when he had brought them into his house, he set meat before them, and rejoiced, believing in God with all his house.

35 And when it was day, the magistrates sent the serjeants, saying, Let those men go.

36 And the keeper of the prison told this saying to Paul, The magistrates have sent to let you go: now therefore depart, and go in peace.

37 But Paul said unto them, They have beaten us openly uncondemned, being Romans, and have cast us into prison; and now do they thrust us out privily? nay verily; but let them come themselves and fetch us out.

38 And the serjeants told these words unto the magistrates: and they feared, when they heard that they were Romans.

39 And they came and besought them, and brought them out, and desired them to depart out of the city.

40 And they went out of the prison, and entered into the house of Lydia: and when they had seen the brethren, they comforted them, and departed.

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34 thoughts on “Acts Chapter 16

  1. Acts 16:32-34 Note carefully that they all heard the word preached (v.32) and were all baptized (v.33) after they all had believed (v.34). All who hear and receive the gospel of Jesus Christ are fit candidates for baptism. Hearing, believing, and being baptized are the consistent pattern in Acts.

    Acts 18:8 And Crispus, the chief ruler of the synagogue, believed on the Lord with all his house; and many of the Corinthians hearing believed, and were baptized.

  2. What rejoicing is all about…

    I thankyou Jesus for setting me free many times when I was bound with chains of the enemy,world ect.

    Psalm 22:10(KJV)-
    I was cast upon thee from the wonb: thou art my GOD from my mother’s belly

    Sonetimes I have to go through the persecution and drought before the Lord will release me through the chains of this life. Just like when he released Lazarus from the grave after he was dead for a few days Jesus(God) wanted to show His power and glory so the people would know whats really going on. The Lird is good and he takes care of us everyday thats enouph for me, Jesus.

    ipray for more of Jesus.

  3. 25 And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.

    26 And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed.

    Praise is so powerful that not only can it set you free, but those around you as well. So go ahead and praise, someone else’s freedom may be dependant on your praise.

  4. 25 And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.

    26 And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed.

    Prayer and praise can free us from any problem or situation.

  5. In this chapter we see where both of these people, Lydia and the Jailer, not only believed and were saved; but, their entire households too. Our decisions and what we declare to believe not only affect us; but, those around us too. I am thankful this morning for God fearing grandparents, parents who loved the Lord and opened the door for my salvation. Some although have not had the same privilege to experience the same; therefore, we have to share the good news and go after all who are willing to hear and receive what the Lord has for them. The MORE we share, the MORE are added.

  6. 16 And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying:

    17 The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation.

    18 And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour.

    19 And when her masters saw that the hope of their gains was gone, they caught Paul and Silas, and drew them into the marketplace unto the rulers,

    20 And brought them to the magistrates, saying, These men, being Jews, do exceedingly trouble our city,

    21 And teach customs, which are not lawful for us to receive, neither to observe, being Romans.

    22 And the multitude rose up together against them: and the magistrates rent off their clothes, and commanded to beat them.

    23 And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast them into prison, charging the jailor to keep them safely:

    24 Who, having received such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks.

    The start of this great miracle was a young lady with a spirit of the devil following Paul and Silas. When Paul cast the devil out of her, her masters then had Paul and Silas brought before the rulers because of their Faith in Jesus Christ.
    When we look at this miracle we see people who wanted to send Paul away without much ado. We just had an earthquake and the prison doors were opened and there really was no way to cover all this up.
    These were the people of God!!!!

  7. NLT 27 The jailer woke up, and when he saw the prison doors open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself because he thought the prisoners had escaped. 28 But Paul shouted, “Don’t harm yourself! We are all here!”

    29 The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas. 30 He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”

    The jailer was not afraid of the earthquake, but was afraid the prisoners had escaped. Back then guards were punished or even put to death if prisoners escaped. Imagine having a job, that you put your life on the line.

    Instead, Paul showed what love was all about. He stopped the guard from committing suicide, and told him about Jesus, repentance and salvation. The guard wanted what Paul & Silas had. We should always be ready to witness to others about the plan of salvation.

  8. iLove to eat More Word

    “Once More=Unselfish”
    Acts 16:40 (NLT) When Paul and Silas left the prison, they returned to the home of Lydia. There they met with the believers and encouraged them “once more”. Then they left town.

    Paul and Silas had gone through a lot. Falsely accused, severely beaten, made a public spectacle, and falsely incarcerated was just a little of what he was facing. Instead of him crying and feeling sorry for himself and throwing a major pitty party like most of us would have, the first thing he does is go to the believers and encourage them “Once More.”

    This is a Great example for us today when we are persecuted by fellow believers. We have it really rough when someone doesn’t shake our hand, or doesn’t “like” our post, or maybe even corrects us from going astray. When we start feeling this rage of injustice, if we could just do what Paul did and encourage the believer’s “once more” I bet it would revolutionize our character! Thanks Paul for your example.

  9. Patience

    27 And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his sword, and would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had been fled.
    28 But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm: for we are all here.

    Would you been able to wait or would you have taken your opportunity and ran? If you ran you will lose the harvest. Sometimes we are to go through some things to show other that if He did it for me, He will do it for you!!!! So be happy, Carry you burden with Long suffering and patience, for we will be saved by the word of our Testimony and that might even bring others to come to Jesus.

  10. 6, “Now when they had gone throughout Phrygia and the region of Galatia, and were forbidden of the Holy Ghost to preach the word in Asia,”
    7, “After they were come to Mysia, they assayed to go into Bithynia: but the Spirit suffered them not.”
    8, “And they passing by Mysia came down to Troas.”
    9, “And a vision appeared to Paul in the night; There stood a man of Macedonia, and prayed him, saying, Come over into Macedonia, and help us.”
    10, “And after he had seen the vision, immediately we endeavoured to go into Macedonia, assuredly gathering that the Lord had called us for to preach the gospel unto them.”

    Do you know why Lydia and her household were baptized and saved?
    Do you know why the damsel was delivered of a spirit of divination?
    Do you know why the keeper of the prison and his household were baptized and saved?
    Because of the Obedience of Paul and Silas to listen and follow the leading of the Holy Ghost. Not following their own plans. Not doing their own thing. But being lead of the Spirit.

    We too can be lead of the Spirit when we are willing to Listen, Obey, and Follow the leading of the Lord. Remember: You may have made plans today, but God may speak to you and change those plans, and when he does, you never know what kind of miracles can take place.

    We need MORE of you JESUS!!

  11. All you have to do is believe

    Acts 16:31 (KJV Strong’s)
    31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.

    Believe – (Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary) pisteuo (πιστεύω, 4100), “to believe,” also “to be persuaded of,” and hence, “to place confidence in, to trust,” signifies, in this sense of the word, reliance upon, not mere credence.

    There is no verse in the bible that says we can “Accept” the Lord and we will be saved. People get this from our modern use of the word believe which is mental acceptance.

    The Greek word believe is the word pisteuo which means to fully rely upon.

    Thayer’s says it is a conviction, full of joyful trust, that Jesus is the Messiah—the divinely appointed author of eternal salvation in the kingdom of God, conjoined with obedience to Christ…..in John’s conception, it is the metaphysical relationship of Christ with God and close ethical intimacy with him, as well as the true ‘life’ to be derived from Christ as its source”

    Embedded within the word believe is change. We cannot fully rely upon God without changing course. We must first stop relying on self, others, or the word and rely on him. Another word for this type of change is called REPENTANCE.

    A true believer is not someone who mentally affirms they agree with the bible, or that Jesus is the savior. A true believer is fully relying on, trusting in, and obeying the word of God walking in relationship with our Lord.

    Obedience to him and his word includes water baptism, and receiving the infilling of the Holy Ghost!

    Acts 16:33 (KJV Strong’s)
    33 And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway.

  12. 32 And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house.

    33 And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway.

    This reminds me of how when we pray for and ministers to others God ministers to our needs. Paul and Silas had been hurt, physically, by people. But when the time came they didn’t let their circumstance hinder the ministry of God. They put the guards salvation before their problem and spoke truth into him. Upon hearing and believing the word of God he in turn ministered to their problem.

  13. 24 Who, having received such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks.

    25 And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.

    26 And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed.
    Even though the devil tried to silence Paul and the word of God and even when the he was put into the farthest recess of the prison it wasn’t enough to stop his praise and worship! Their praise was enough to cause a heavenly earthquake and deliver them out of their situation.

  14. BACKFIRED

    23 And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast them into prison, charging the jailor to keep them safely:
    24 Who, having received such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks.
    25 And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.
    26 And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed.

    Often well thought out plans are absent from the favor and will of GOD and what is intended for a certain purpose ends up in drastic change. We witness a BACKFIRED plan 3 times in this chapter. Encouraging us to keep the FAITH and follow JESUS, through PRAYER, PRAISE and BOLDNESS.

    BACKFIRED – to have the opposite result of what was desired or expected.

    Supposing to LOCK UP, BIND UP, SHUT UP 2 men BACKFIRED into freeing ALL MEN.

    Supposing to secretly run them out of town BACKFIRED into all knowing the TRUTH.

    35 And when it was day, the magistrates sent the serjeants, saying, Let those men go.
    36 And the keeper of the prison told this saying to Paul, The magistrates have sent to let you go: now therefore depart, and go in peace.
    37 But Paul said unto them, They have beaten us openly uncondemned, being Romans, and have cast us into prison; and now do they thrust us out privily? nay verily; but let them come themselves and fetch us out.
    38 And the serjeants told these words unto the magistrates: and they feared, when they heard that they were Romans.
    39 And they came and besought them, and brought them out, and desired them to depart out of the city.

    Seeking to silence the PREACHING of the disciples BACKFIRED into SALVATION for the jailer and his house.

    30 And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?
    31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.
    32 And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house.
    33 And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway.
    34 And when he had brought them into his house, he set meat before them, and rejoiced, believing in God with all his house.

    The plans against you will BACKFIRE on your adversary so long as we are obedient to the WILL of GOD and those in Spiritual Authority over us.

    iRepent
    iPraise
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    iBelieve
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  15. Were Paul and Silas prisoners?

    The Bible does not say that. They were cast into prison and the jailor was charged to keep them safe. Who were they to be kept safe from? Either way the jailors put them into the inner prison and bound their feet. When Paul and Silas prayed the Bible states the “prisoners” heard them.

    While these boys may have been in prison; in the Lord’s eyes they were not prisoners; they were just passing through. They could have lost faith, doubted their calling and became prisoners. That is not what happened. They kept their faith and were set free by experiencing this same faith.

    How different this story might have been had they allowed the circumstances of the situation to dictate their faith.

  16. This girl followed Paul and us, and cried out, saying, “These men are the servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to us the way of salvation.” (‭Acts‬ ‭16‬:‭5, 17‬ NKJV)

    The demans knew him just because they were men of God. And proclaimed that they knew salvation.

    Do people recognize who you are in the inside by the way you front yourself. Are you really being a light. A leader? A man of God.

  17. 25 And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.

    26 And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed.

    Praise your way out of the mess your in! You should praise God no matter how big the storm! Because your praise doesn’t just affect you but the people around you! Lord I pray that you use my praise to touch others!

  18. 14 And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, which worshipped God, heard us: whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul.

    15 And when she was baptized, and her household, she besought us, saying, If ye have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house, and abide there. And she constrained us.

    Prayer must precede the teaching of the word so that the hearts of those hearing may be opened by the Lord. If we do not pray first, the word-like the seed in the parable of the sower, will fall by the wayside and the enemy will devour it before it can be understood.

  19. Just like Paul and Silas, sometimes we find ourselves in a hard time. But if we just pray and praise with trust in God and have faith then He will see us through!

  20. Acts 16:25 about midnight Paul and silaa were praying and singing hymns to God and the other prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundation of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open and everyones chains came loose. The jailer woke up and when he saw the prison doors open he drew his sword and was about to kill himself because he thought the prisoners had escaped. But Paul shouted don’t harm yourself we are all here.

  21. “After they were come to Mysia, they assayed to go into Bithynia: but the Spirit suffered them not.” The Lord (Jesus) had a reason for changing their direction. Although they did suffer, their obedience also made way for several to be saved. The Holy Ghost will do the same today, if one will submit. What a mighty God we serve! Thank God for his word. God bless America, Jerusalem, and you all in Jesus name, Amen!

  22. 14 And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, which worshipped God, heard us: whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul.

    15 And when she was baptized, and her household, she besought us, saying, If ye have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house, and abide there. And she constrained us.

    I believe there are people in the region of Fort Worth just like Lydia. They are on demonimial church pews, hungry for God and willing to do whatever is necessary to be saved. We just have to meet them and introduce them to a new level of truth in their lives.

  23. 1 Then came he to Derbe and Lystra: and, behold, a certain disciple was there, named Timotheus, the son of a certain woman, which was a Jewess, and believed; but his father was a Greek:

    Regardless of where we come from, Jesus can use anyone. Timothy was most likely taught two strong religious lifestyles as he grew up, to be a Jew, and to be a Greek, yet it was still up to him as to what life he wanted to choose.

    The word tells us to seek out our own salvation. We each have to study the word, and ask for revelation as to what Jesus is telling each of us. As I grow older, I have been able to see many people turn to the lifestyle I have chosen, as well as see them turn from it. Every day I get to see more and more turn to the Truth.

  24. True test of Ministry

    37 But Paul said unto them, They have beaten us openly uncondemned, being Romans, and have cast us into prison; and now do they thrust us out privily? nay verily; but let them come themselves and fetch us out.

    38 And the serjeants told these words unto the magistrates: and they feared, when they heard that they were Romans.

    39 And they came and besought them, and brought them out, and desired them to depart out of the city.

    40 And they went out of the prison, and entered into the house of Lydia: and when they had seen the brethren, they comforted them, and departed.

    After they had been beaten and mistreated and thrown in prison they didn’t come out and complain. Paul and Silas came out of the circumstance and comforted their brethren.

    Everyone has bad days but the true test of ministry is to minister even though.

    A true servant will only measure his ministry and suffering to Christ’s ministry and suffering. the example is given sonthat we don’t get lost in the cares of the world but look to Jesus and think ourselves happy.

    Matthew 20:22
    But Jesus answered and said, Ye know not what ye ask. Are ye able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of, and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? They say unto him, We are able.

    If we are able to drink from his cup we will suffer many things but our testimony will be strong that it will reach this world.

    Real men of God don’t complain rather they use their troubles to reach into others situations and bring them out.

    The evaluation is here….

  25. 25 And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.

    26 And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed.

    When you seem to be stuck in your prison in life, remember not to focus on the situation that is around but to focus on God and the great things he has done for you in your life.

    In those difficult situations when you remember to turn to prayer in tough times and to give thanks to God even when you don’t feel like it and when you can’t seem to find a reason to give him thanks for, God will help deliver you out of situation.

  26. But Paul shouted to him, “Stop! Don’t kill yourself! We are all here!” The jailer called for lights and ran to the dungeon and fell down trembling before Paul and Silas. Then he brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” (‭Acts of the Apostles‬ ‭16‬:‭28-30‬ NLT)

    God might put you in the strangest predicament just to be used by him to witness to others.
    We should use every opportunity to show who we are and what we believe… You never know whose watching

  27. Vessel Of Blessing

    26 And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed.

    27 And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his sword, and would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had been fled.

    28 But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm: for we are all here.

    Not every blessing is meant to change our circumstances. Some blessings are meant for those around us we are witness to. Yes some things are given so we may enjoy them but in some circumstances, it’s not about us directly at all. Perhaps $2.5M is available for any of us to receive if only our faith is high enough to turn back around and give it in offering to the work of God. Not every blessing is that way but some are. It takes faith not only to be blessed but to become a vessel of blessing. As Paul and Silas waited in the prison as vessels of blessing, the Lord ultimately blessed them as well but only after their sacrifice.

    Luke 6:38
    Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.

  28. 25 And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.

    26 And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed.

    It may just be that in our darkest hour is the best time to be great witnesses for God to the people. It is in the midst of trails and tribulation that we get to show God glorify himself. People are always looking to what you’re gonna say or do. They’ll be like so and so is in trouble what now? And there is where we can show Jesus off as great mighty and all a powerful God. My trust is not on me and my fear is not on men, but rather we can have an opportunity to say I surrender it to You Jesus. You are a great God deserving great praise!

  29. vss25-26 And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.

    26. And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed.

    Prayers were vital to their deliverance . The prayers of GOD’S PEOPLE do bring results.
    Thank GOD for HIS ongoing care and concern for us

  30. 18 And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour.

    Amen!!!! The name that is above all names 🙂 that is the authority that we have over all the evil spirits of this world. The enemy thinks that he can defeat us and he can if we let him but that is why we have to stand strong and know who we believe in! Jesus already defeated him at the cross and all we have to do is say Jesus and the enemy shall flee. I praise God because I got back what the devil stole from me!!! He is not getting near me or my home because Gods word says v31 “And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.” Amen Jesus I’ve caught Jr pray for his sister all on his own when she gets hurt and I praise God for that because a 4 year old defeats the devil 🙂 thank you Jesus!!!!

  31. Baptism

    Acts 16:33 (NASBStr)
    And he took them that very hour of the night and washed their wounds, and immediately he was baptized, he and all his household.

    There is a false doctrine that preaches baptism is merely a public confession of faith. This scripture, the story of the eunuch in acts 8, and many others testify different. Baptism is the application of the blood of Jesus to a sinners life so that their sins are washed away.

    If baptism wasn’t important or was merely a suggestion that a “good” Christian should do, then why make haste to baptize a jailor in the middle of the night.

    Blood and water poured out of Jesus when his side was pierced. Baptism and the blood of Jesus are hand in hand.

  32. 4) And as they went through the cities , they delivered them the decrees for to keep, that were ordained of the apostles and elders which were at Jerusalem.
    5)And so were the churches in the faith, and increased in number daily.

  33. New Living translation
    A Call from Macedonia
    6 Next Paul and Silas traveled through the area of Phrygia and Galatia, because the Holy Spirit had prevented them from preaching the word in the province of Asia at that time.
    7 Then coming to the borders of Mysia, they headed north for the province of Bithynia,[b] but again the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them to go there.
    8 So instead, they went on through Mysia to the seaport of Troas.

    Acts 16:9-10 New Living Translation
    9 That night Paul had a vision: A man from Macedonia in northern Greece was standing there, pleading with him, “Come over to Macedonia and help us!”
    10 So we[c] decided to leave for Macedonia at once, having concluded that God was calling us to preach the Good News there.
    And Vs. 25-26
    25 Around midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening.
    26 Suddenly, there was a massive earthquake, and the prison was shaken to its foundations. All the doors immediately flew open, and the chains of every prisoner fell off!

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