ACTS 16

4 Outlines

 

 

Acts 16:6-16

GOD'S GUIDANCE

 

In Psalm 32:8 God promises, "I will instruct and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye."

In Romans 12:2 God's will is called "good", "acceptable", and perfect.

Knowing God's will is often a challenge to believers. 

The way God guides Paul in this passage reminds us of some things about God's guidance.

 

GOD RESTRICTS Vss. 7-8

There are times when we will feel a hesitation about doing something that comes from the Spirit of God. Other times, we will find God saying "no" as we read his word.  Other times, what we thought was an open door will close.

 

GOD REVEALS Vss. 9-10

God will show us His will through His Word, through circumstances, through others, and through the prodding of his Holy Spirit.

God will never lead you contrary to the written Word of God.

 

GOD REASSURES Vss. 11-15

Although crowds were small, God reassured Paul that he was in the right place through the salvation of Lydia and her household.

God will reassure us when we are in the center of His will.

 

 

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Acts 16:6-33

IN THE SERVICE OF THE KING

 

INTRODUCTION - If you are like me, you usually do not take the time to compare yourself with the Apostle Paul. He was such a great man that we wouldn't think of comparing ourselves to him. But let's do some comparing, because there are some similarities between Paul and us.

 

1. Paul was self-righteous before he was saved, so was I.

2. Paul was a sinner before he was saved, so was I.

3. Paul's sins were paid for on the cross before he ever realized he needed a Savior.

4. Paul was confronted by the Lord Jesus Christ, who called him to be saved.  Through the message a preacher and the conviction of the Holy Spirit, Christ called me to be saved.

5. Paul's sins were forgiven, although they were great. My sins are forgiven, although they are great.

6. Paul was saved for a purpose, to serve Christ, and make Him known. I am saved for that same purpose.

7. The Apostle Paul was the servant of the King. I am also Servant of the King.

 

Because there are so many similarities between our lives and the life of Paul, Paul can teach us much.  We will never measure up to his greatness, but we can learn from Him, and thus complete all that God wants us to do.

 

BACKGROUND:

This was the second missionary journey.

Barnabas, partner for the first journey, had a disagreement with Paul over Mark, who deserted on the first journey. Acts 15:37-39

Barnabas left with Mark and Paul chose Silas as his partner. Timothy was later added to the team. Because Luke uses the word "we" in this passage, it is evident that Luke was there too. Acts 15:40-16:3

 

THERE WAS A CALL Vss. 6-12

 

Paul was called of God to be an apostle. Acts 9:15-16

Paul received other calls from the Lord during his time of ministry. For instance, he was called to be a missionary in Acts 13:1-3.

In these verses Paul receives both negative and positive calls.

He was not called to minister in Asia or Bithynia at this time (Vss. 6-8), although Paul would later minister in Ephesus, which is Asia. Also someone ministered in Bithynia, because Peter addresses his first Epistle to believers in Bithynia and other areas.

Paul was called by a vision to minister in Macedonia (Vss. 9-12), which is part of Europe.

We will receive both negative and positive calls as we serve the Lord. There will be times when it will be clear that the Lord doesn't want us doing a certain thing, and other times when it will be obvious that the Lord does want us doing things.

God might not call you to be a pastor or a missionary, but he will call you to use your spiritual gift for His glory. And he might call you to be a leader in the church, or a teacher, or as a witness to a specific individual.

We need to be in the Word, in prayer, and alert to what God might be calling us to do.

 

THERE WAS COMMUNICATION - Vss. 13, 16-18, 28, 31

 

Paul was called to communicate the message of salvation - Vss. 13 and 31

Paul was called to communicate authority - Vss. 16-18

Paul was called to communicate encouragement - Vs. 28

 

There will be times when we are called upon to communicate in these same three areas.

 

THERE WAS CONFLICT - Vss. 19-24

 

When the Gospel is preached, there will be conflict. When God works, Satan will oppose. 2 Timothy 3:12

 

THERE WAS CHORUS - Vs. 25

 

The chorus was a chorus of praise to God, in spite of poor circumstances. We too, are to rejoice in all situations. Philippians 4:4

 

THERE WERE CONVERSIONS - Vss. 14-15, 26-33

 

Lydia, the Jailer, and his family all came to know Christ as Savior.

When we follow the Lord's directions, others will be influenced to trust Christ as well.

 

 

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Acts 16:16-34

CONTENTS UNDER PRESSURE

 

Sometimes you will see this sign on a container: “Caution, contents under pressure”.

There are times when there is pressure in our lives, and we feel that we could almost burst!

Paul and Silas found themselves under pressure, but with God’s help, they were able to withstand the pressure.

 

A PEST WHO WAS POSSESSED – Vss. 16-17

A demon possessed girl gave Paul and Silas unwanted publicity.

 

A PROCLAMATION THAT BROUGHT DELIVERANCE – Vs. 18

Paul cast out the demon. The girl was no longer possessed and Paul was no longer oppressed! J

 

A PROBLEM CAUSED BY PERSECUTION – Vss. 19-24

The owners of the slave girl were not happy with the loss of income.

As a result Paul and Silas were beaten and thrown in jail.

 

A POWER DISPLAYED DURING PRAISE – Vss. 25-26

Paul and Silas sang in spite of their problems, and God sent a mighty earthquake.

 

A PRONOUNCEMENT THAT LEAD TO SALVATION – Vss. 27-34

Paul and Silas rescued the jailer from a potential suicide.

In Acts 16:31 they told him to believe on the Lord Jesus to be saved.

The jailer trusted Christ as his Savior.

 

 

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Acts 16:25-40

REVIVAL MEETING IN A JAIL CELL

 

Introduction - Vss. 18-24

Revival Is:

 

A TIME OF PRAYER - Vs. 25

 

A TIME OF PRAISE - Vs. 25

 

A TIME OF POWER (GOD'S) - Vss. 26-40

 

1. TO RELEASE Vs. 26

2. TO RESTRAIN Vss. 27-28 (The doors opened and all the chains fell off, but nobody

escaped!)

3. TO REDEEM Vss. 29-34

4. TO REQUIRE Vss. 35-40

(Paul required a public release from jail by those who had publicly mistreated Silas and him. This would have furthered their testimony for Christ.)

 

 

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Acts 16:16-40

HAPPENINGS IN PHILIPPI

 

A FABULOUS MIRACLE – Vss. 16-18

 

A FRENZIED PERSECUTION – Vss. Vss. 19-24

 

A FANTASTIC TESTIMONY – Vss. 25-34

·        Music – Vs. 25

·        Movement – Vss. 26-27

·        Message – Vss. 28-34

 

A FORTUNATE CONCLUSION – Vss. 35-40

 

 

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