Our text is Acts 16:16-40.
Last week in chapter 16, we began a section where probably several people were converted, but Luke records three conversions—most likely to demonstrate how God breaks down dividing barriers and unites all different kinds of people in Christ. In verses 11-15, we saw how Jesus transformed a wealthy woman named Lydia. This week in the remainder of the chapter we will see how Jesus transforms a slave girl and a Roman jailer.
Children’s Message: Pastor Chad Sadorf has been including a series of Children’s Messages. These messages will parallel the sermons from Acts to help guide the children through the concepts that are taught in the sermon. Today’s message is provided as a video; this link appears just after the Gloria Patri in the service (where it would normally occur in our church service). Click on these links for a children’s bulletin and printable coloring page to accompany this message: Children’s Bulletin and The Story of Paul and Silas coloring page.
Service for Family Worship:
Call to Worship: Psalm 32:1-2, 11 [of David]
1 Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.
2 Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit.
11 Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, O righteous, and shout for joy, all you upright in heart! (ESV)
Almighty God, as your people in obedience to your command we corporately bow before you this Lord’s day in worship and submission to proclaim your infinite worth.
We exist for your glory and according to your pleasure and will.
At the same time, we gather in your name with great joy because you have redeemed us and welcomed us into your presence by the blood of your Son and through faith in him.
So Father, we want to present ourselves to you this morning without reservation.
Would you illuminate our minds to all of the attributes and character of the Triune God.
And then enable us through Holy Spirit to worship you in a manner that is pleasing to you and edifying to us as well.Prepare our hearts to confess our sin as the fourth commandment is read. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Louis Bourgeois wrote this hymn in 1551. In both his early and later years, he wrote French songs to entertain the rich, but in the history of church music, he is known especially for his contribution to the Genevan Psalter. Louis moved to Geneva in 1541, the same year John Calvin returned to Geneva from Strasbourg. Louis served as music director there under the pastoral leadership of Calvin. He used the choristers to teach the new psalm tunes to the congregation. One of the most famous tunes in all of Christendom, that to the Protestant doxology, known as the Old 100th, is commonly attributed to him. In this hymn, we sing through the titles and attributes of God, Our Redeemer!
Corporate Scripture Reading: Exodus 20:8-11
8 “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. 11 For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy. (ESV)
O God, our Savior, help us. We are slow to learn, prone to forget, and weak to climb;
We are often in the foothills when we should be on the heights;
We are pained by our graceless hearts,
our prayerless days,
our lack of love,
our laziness in the heavenly race,
our tainted consciences,
our wasted hours,
our unspent opportunities.
We often close our eyes while the light shines around us:
take the scales from our eyes,
grind to dust our hearts of unbelief.
Make it our highest joy to study you,
meditate on you,
gaze on you,
sit like Mary at your feet,
lean like John on your breast,
appeal like Peter to your love,
count like Paul all things but rubbish.
We believe, O Lord; help our unbelief. Forgive us for the totality of our sin, as you define it.
Change our way of life, so that we may desire what is good,
love what you love,
and do what you command,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Assurance of Pardon: : Romans 5:1
1 Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. (ESV)
This is a wonderful promise we have in the gospel.
Affirmation of Faith:
The Westminster Larger Catechism
Q. 116 What is required in the fourth commandment?
A. The fourth commandment requireth of all men the sanctifying or keeping holy to God such set times as he hath appointed in his word, expressly one whole day in seven; which was the seventh from the beginning of the world to the resurrection of Christ, and the first day of the week ever since, and so to continue to the end of the world; which is the Christian sabbath, and in the New Testament called The Lord’s Day.
Q. 117 How is the sabbath or the Lord’s day to be sanctified?
A. The sabbath or Lord’s day is to be sanctified by an holy resting all the day, not only from such works as are at all times sinful, but even from such worldly employments and recreations as are on other days lawful; and making it our delight to spend the whole time (except so much of it as is to be taken up in works of necessity and mercy) in the public and private exercises of God’s worship: and, to that end, we are to prepare our hearts, and with such foresight, diligence, and moderation, to dispose and seasonably dispatch our worldly business, that we may be the more free and fit for the duties of that day.
Turning Bad Things into Good?! (Click here to link to the video of the Children’s Message)
(You may want to take a moment to pray with your child or children for your family, your church family, our country and world.)
Offertory: Matthew 6:2-4
2 “Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. 3 But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. (ESV)
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In the month of August, our focus will be Psalm 1. In introducing this psalm, Charles Spurgeon wrote, “This Psalm may be regarded as THE PREFACE PSALM, having in it a notification of the contents of the entire Book. It is the psalmists’ desire to teach us the way to blessedness, and to warn us of the sure destruction of sinners. This, then, is the matter of the first Psalm, which may be looked upon, in some respects, as the text upon which the whole of the Psalms make up a divine sermon. May the Lord cleanse our hearts and our ways, that we may escape the doom of the ungodly, and enjoy the blessedness of the righteous!” from The Treasury of David, by Charles Spurgeon, www.spurgeon.org/treasury/treasury.htm.
Pastoral Prayer: (Click here for the Pastoral Prayer)
Sermon: The Gospel for All People, Part 2
I. Jesus transforms a slave girl (verses 16-18)
II. Jesus transforms a jailer (verses 19-34)
III. A new congregation in Philippi (verses 35-40)
Based on Psalm 13, the words do not refer to any special event or period in David’s life, he being the author of the Psalm, but likely the words of this Psalm picture the many times of David’s ever-returning trials. This could be called the “How Long Psalm” expressed in the first stanza. This Psalm presents the question of anxiety, in stanza 1; the cry of prayer, in stanza 2; the song of faith, in stanza 3.
Benediction (Click here to hear this week’s benediction)
Questions for Further Discussion
- Compare and contrast the spiritual transformations of Lydia and the slave girl.
- What can we learn about suffering from the afflictions Paul and Silas faced in Philippi?
- What did the Lord use to convert the Philippian jailer?
- What were some of the signs of the jailer’s transformation?
- How does Paul display a love for the church in this chapter? Take a few moments to pray for those trying to engage the lost and plant new churches around the world.
Turning Bad Things into Good?!
Can God take something BAD and turn it into something GOOD?
In Acts Chapter 16, we see Paul and Silas being treated BADLY, VERY BADLY!
Paul and Silas were telling people about Jesus and other people didn’t like what they were doing, so they got angry at Paul and Silas, grabbed them, tore off their clothes, beat them with rods and threw them bleeding into jail.
How did Paul and Silas react to being treated so badly and having their freedom taken away?
We learn how they reacted in Acts 16:22-25 (ESV):
22 The crowd joined in attacking them, and the magistrates tore the garments off them and gave orders to beat them with rods. 23 And when they had inflicted many blows upon them, they threw them into prison, ordering the jailer to keep them safely. 24 Having received this order, he put them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the stocks. 25 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them,
Even though Paul and Silas were in jail, clothes torn off, beaten, bleeding, and they couldn’t move their feet – they turned something bad into something good: they prayed and sang songs. The other prisoners heard them praying and singing!
• Even bad times can give us the opportunity to glorify God!
• Paul and Silas were not alone, but Holy Spirit was with them.
• In Romans 8:28 – God promised to work all things together for good for those who love him.
If you love Jesus, you have the power by Holy Spirit, like Paul and Silas, to respond in faith, praise and joy, not revenge, hatred, anger, nor violence. God can take bad things and turn them into good things: Do you believe that? I do!