Scripture: Acts 16

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Timothy Joins Paul And Silas

Acts 16:1-5 (KJV) Then came Paul to Derbe and Lystra: and, behold, a certain disciple was there, named Timotheus (Timothy), the son of a certain woman, which was a Jewess, and believed; but his father was a Greek: Which was well reported of by the brethren that were at Lystra and Iconium.  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. 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. And so were the churches established in the faith, and increased in number daily.

Questions:

1. Who was Timothy (Acts 16:1)?

2. How was Timothy viewed by the brethren in Lystra and Iconium (Acts 16:2)?

3. Why was Timothy circumcised (Acts 16:3)?

4. As they traveled through the cities what did the group do (Acts 16:4)?

5. What was the results (Acts 16:5)?

Answers:

1. Timotheus (Timothy), was the son of a certain woman, which was a Jewess, and believed; but his father was a Greek.

2. The brethren that were at Lystra and Iconiums spoke well of Timothy. 

3. Paul circumcised Timothy because the Jews who lived in the area knew that his father was a Greek.

4. As the group traveled through the cities they delivered the decisions reached by  the apostles and elders in Jerusalem that the people were to obey.

5. The results were that the churches were established in the faith, and increased in number daily.

Paul’s Vision Of The Man Of Macedonia

Acts 16:6-10 (KJV) 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, After they were come to Mysia, they assayed to go into Bithynia: but the Spirit suffered them not.  And they passing by Mysia came down to Troas.  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.

Questions:

1. Who forbid Paul and his fellow travelers from going to certain locations (Acts 16:6-8)?

2. Where was Paul directed to go and how did he receive the guidance (Acts 16:9)?

3. What did Paul do immediately after seeing the vision (Acts 16:10)?

Answers:

1. The Holy Ghost (Spirit) forbade Paul and his fellow travelers from traveling to certain locations.

2. Paul saw in a vision a man of Macedonia praying and asking for help.

3. After Paul saw the vision they immediately endeavored to go into Macedonia because they believed the Lord was calling them to preach the gospel there.

Lydia’s Conversion in Philippi

Acts 16:11-15 (KJV) 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.

Questions:

1. Who did Paul and those traveling with him speak to by a river (Acts 16:13)?

2. Whose heart did the Lord open as she listened to Paul (Acts 16:14)?

3. How did she and her household respond (Acts 16:15)?

Answers:

1. Paul and the others spoke to a group of women who had gathered there by the river.

2. Lydia, who was a dealer in purple cloth from the city of Thyatira and a worshipper of God, had her heart opened by the Lord to Paul’s message.

3. Lydia and her household were baptized.  And she besought Paul and asked if she was found faithful to the Lord would they come into her home and abide there.

Paul And Silas In Prison

Acts 16:16-24 (KJV) 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.

Questions:

1. Who met Paul and the others on their way to prayer (Acts 16:16)?

2. What did this person do as she followed Paul and the others (Acts 16:17)?

3. How long did she do this, what effect did it have on Paul and what did he do (Acts 16:18)?

4. How did her masters respond (Acts 16:19-21)?

5. How did the multitude, the magistrates and the jailor respond (Acts 16:22-24)?

Answers:

1. As Paul and the others were on their way to pray, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met them.  She brought her masters much gain by soothsaying (being able to predict the future).

2. This damsel cried, “These men are the servants of the most high God, which shows unto us the way of salvation.”

3. The damsel cried after them for many days.  Paul was grieved and turned and said to the spirit, “I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.” And the spirit came out of her.

4. 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.  And brought them to the magistrates, saying, “These men, being Jews, do exceedingly trouble our city, and teach customs, which are not lawful for us to receive, neither to observe, being Romans.

5. The multitude rose up together against them: and the magistrates rent off their clothes, and commanded to beat them.  And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast them into prison, charging the jailor to keep them safely:  Who, having received such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks.

Paul And Silas Have An Opportunity To Escape

Acts 16:25-28 (KJV)   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 (which was probably attached to his house) 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. 

Questions:

1. What did Paul and Silas do at midnight (Acts 16:25)?

2. What happened (Acts 16:26)?

3. How did the keeper of the prison respond (Acts 16:27)?

4. What did Paul do (Acts 16:28)?

Answers:

1. At midnight Paul and Silas prayed and sang praises to God.

2. 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.

3. The keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his sword, to kill himself, supposing that the prisoners had escaped.

4. Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, “Do thyself no harm: for we are all here.”

The Keeper Of The Prison Is Saved

Acts 16:29-40 (KJV) 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.

Questions:

1. What did the keeper of the prison do then (Acts 16:29-30)?

2. What was Paul and Silas’ response (Acts 16:31-32)?

3. What did the keeper then do (Acts 16:33-34)?

4. What message did the magistrates send and what did the keeper of the prison tell Paul and Silas (Acts 16:35-36)?

5. How did Paul respond to the magistrates’ message (Acts 16:37)?

6. How did the magistrates act when they heard Paul and Silas were Romans (Acts 16:38-39)?

7. What did Paul and Silas do when they were escorted out of prison (Acts 16:40)?

Answers:

1. The keeper of the prison called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas.  He brought them out, and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”

2. Paul and Silas said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.” And they spoke unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house.

3. The keeper of the prison took Paul and Silas the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and he and all his household were baptized.  When he had brought them into his house, he set meat before them, and rejoiced, believing in God with all his house.

4. The magistrates sent the officers, saying, “Let those men go.  The keeper of the prison told Paul, “The magistrates have sent to let you go: now therefore depart, and go in peace.”

5. Paul said, “They have beaten us publicly without a trial, even though we are Roman citizens, and have cast us into prison.  And now they want to get rid of us quietly.  Let them come themselves and escort us out.”

6. The magistrates were fearful when they heard that Paul and Silas were Romans.  They came and besought Paul and Silas, and brought them out, and desired them to depart out of the city.

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

HEAR the WORD

Acts 16:6-8 (NIV) Paul and his companions traveled throughout the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia. When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to. So they passed by Mysia and went down to Troas.

MEDITATE on the WORD

Ponder the above verses. The verses don’t explain how the Holy Spirit/Spirit of Jesus kept them from going to certain places.  My Bible notes: It may have been through a prophet, a vision, an inner conviction, or some other circumstance.  To know God’s will does not mean we must hear His voice.  He leads in different ways. 

MEMORIZE the WORD

Acts 16:30-31 (NIV) He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved – you and your household.”

LOVE and LIVE the WORD

Love and live God’s will.  We can do this: 1. By making sure our plan is in harmony with His Word. 2. By asking mature Christians for their advice.  3. By checking our own motives – are we seeking to do what we want or what we think God wants? 4. By praying for God to open and close the doors as He desires.

The Good News of salvation is simply expressed: “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved.” When we recognize Jesus as Lord and trust in Him with our entire live, salvation is assured to us.

TEACH and SHARE the WORD

Practice hearing from God.  And share what you hear with others.

PRAY the WORD

Lord, I pray we will share what we know is Your will (Acts 16:4).  Lord, I pray we will be strengthened in our faith.  I pray the number of believers will grow daily (Acts 16:5).  Lord, I pray we will recognize and follow the guidance of the Holy Spirit (Acts 16:6-7).  Lord, I pray we will know to whom You want us to talk  (Acts 16:10).  Lord, I pray when we hear Your message we will respond (Acts 16:14).  Lord, I pray we will have the conviction and courage to stand up for You even when those around us don’t (Acts 16:22).  Lord, I pray no matter our circumstances we will praise You (Acts 16:25).  Lord, I pray when we’re in difficult circumstances we will still be open to talking to others about You (Acts 16:27-34).  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN

ENCOURAGEMENT

“May you and I stand up for the Lord even when others don’t (Acts 16:37-40).” <>< Dona