Acts Chapter 16 Discussion



 
  • Peggy Kapteina on Acts 16:1
    Praise God that he leads us by his spirit , divinely orders our steps , to his spirit says , Stay , Go , be loosed and saves to the uttermost , evil spirits cannot stay , " in the blood bought , name of JESUS CHRIST our Lord !!! Lovingjesuspkk
  • Are Wakowako on Acts 16
    When the jailor asked; Sirs, what must I do to be saved? Was he referring to salvation (spiritual saving) or physical saving - from the wrath of his superiors after Paul and Silas were miraculously released?
  • Chris - in Reply on Acts 16
    Hi Are. Yes, the jailor was asking about a spiritual salvation. He was the head keeper of the prison, any escape would mean that he would pay the price for it - whether being jailed himself or executed for his ineptness. When Paul & Silas appeared before him, they found him about to commit suicide, for he believed that that would be the better option for him. So this jailor was so relieved that these two men didn't escape & that their honesty & fear of God and probably the Gospel message that the jailor heard from them, prompted him to realize his own sin & his need for such a wonderful Saviour.

    This again shows us how God can use His children in so many ways to bring the Gospel to the unsaved. And especially when the unsaved are in great need, their ears & hearts are more open. Trouble is, so many believers lead careless lives making the Lord & the Gospel a laughing stock & a derision to so many. Though Paul & Silas were prisoners, the jailor soon realized that these prisoners were men of God, that God was with them, & they had a life-giving message for him (& his household).
  • Femi faith on Acts 16
    Did Jesus say a man should married , in his teaching?.
  • Mishael - in Reply on Acts 16
    Proverbs 18:22 - Whoso findeth a wife finds a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the LORD.

    Not every person is going to get married. It's not a law. Apostle Paul was never married...
  • Bro Barney - in Reply on Acts 16
    I don't know of any passage where Jesus says a man should or should not be married. Paul was a single man and he provided this advise.

    Co 7:6 But I speak this by permission, and not of commandment.

    1Co 7:7 For I would that all men were even as I myself. But every man hath his proper gift of God, one after this manner, and another after that.

    1Co 7:8 I say therefore to the unmarried and widows, It is good for them if they abide even as I.

    1Co 7:9 But if they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn.
  • Austin on Acts 16
    On what occasion did Paul make this statement.Do not harm yourself for we are all here
  • Bro Barney - in Reply on Acts 16
    Act 16:25 And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.

    Act 16:26 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.

    Act 16:27 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.

    Act 16:28 But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm: for we are all here.
  • Danielle - in Reply on Acts 16
    Acts 16:28, Paul shouted, saying do not hurt yourself we are all here. Because the jailer assumed he was going to be killed by the prisoners he was about to commit suicide but Paul intervened and yelled "do not hurt yourself" as the earthquake rumbled the prison releasing the prisoners free.
  • Carleton on Acts 16:9
    Good morning all! How is Sacha this day? I am thinking about looking out from the flat window and what you may see. I do hope you have love ones to help you with this and thats. I have never crossed a sea so far in my life, maybe someday still. I have a Native American by birth spiritual Christian brother who had two visions by dream just ahead of Covid 19 coming the the US. The Angel in his dream said that from across the sea which he could see in the finish by looking through the sea, that two events were to come. Not long after the first event would be another and not long after that may be the end. Perhaps the message was just for the brother. This vision was a year ago in early January. So I wonder, and so my eyes and ears and prayers wonder. Perhaps this brother's dream was only for him. Anyway, looking out of the flat with an enlightened heart their must be souls that are not ready. I am glad for this short time we and I include all, can meet here and discuss our relationships with Jesus to the best of our understandings. My love has increased, so I see the value. Keep the faith. Thank you!

    Carleton
  • Sacha - in Reply on Acts 16:9
    Good afternoon Carleton ,thankyou for you encouraging message ,the view out of my flat is quite nice today ,lots of sunshine and blue sky and fluffy white clouds ,the air is cool and fresh and its starting to feel like spring ,im in the north east of england ,the coldest dampest and apparently the most deprived area of england ,i dont feel deprived ,i feel rich and joyfull and thankfull to be who i am and where i am and its only because i know the Truth ,my spouse is here and weve been in lockdown together for almost 12 full months ,only seeing our mothers and only doing grocery shopping and we havent gone insane yet ! This site has helped me a lot and im thankfull for it and everyone who comes on it ,may God bless us all and bring us all closer to each other and closer to Him more and more each day untill the VERY best days are upon us all .
  • Carleton - in Reply on Acts 16:9
    Thank you Sacha! Love to hear the details of a believer's life and setting. Love to see the area too somehow, someday. One year is a very long time to not get to see the mothers and to stay indoors. At our home we are five. My daughter 20, son 19, son 15 and wife younger than I. Our home is happy and peaceful thanks to the grace of God. Have a nice after noon over there. Not quite 8:30am here.
  • Evangelist John Dillard Sr on Acts 16:9
    "Macedonia Call" how many churches have built there ministry/doctrine around just this scripture?

    Jesus calls us to take up our cross and follow Him and denominations are not unifying the bride of Christ/The Church. The word of God is the doctrine. Study it, pray on it and live it.

    That's how we win souls for Christ. I say this because many have witnessed the division of churches and some split with great fault lines being dawn. Scriptures tells us that the shepherd was struck and the flock was scattered. But Gods word tells us that they all came together again after witnessing the death of Jesus and in great conflict as to what to do next...Jesus became their focus when He appeared in the burial garden and on the road to Emmaus and when they gathered together and broke bread and Jesus came to them and supped with them and ministered unto them and comforted them. He educated them on what was to come. That it is our call. To gather in His name. Brake bread together and comfort one another and edify one another with the words and teachings of Christ.

    Let's stand for Christ and not be scattered in this time of great tribulation. Let's witness to those who are lost and do not be afraid of who we offend. Let's teach the truth by speaking the truth. Be bold. Let's open our hearts even if they get broken. Let's return to God with thanksgiving and praise. This nation has smooth knees. We need to get back on them and pray that God will hear our prayers from heaven. We must repent and turn from our evil and wicked ways. Our nation is divided but let not the church. Our nation needs us. Let's show the world love. Agape love.

    That's the call. God Bless You and May He keep you.

    Sowing The Seeds Until His Great Harvest

    Evangelist of The Gospel of Jesus

    John E. Dillard, Sr.
  • Mishael - in Reply on Acts 16:9
    Great post! Keep it out there.
  • John E Dillard - in Reply on Acts 16:9
    Thanks and Praise be to God Almighty. Thank you for the encouragement.

    May God Bless You and Your House. And stay steadfast in His word and endure for the Glory of Gods Kingdom we will call home one glad day. Amen. We are a child of the King. Hallelujah !

    Sowing The Seeds Until His Great Harvest

    John E. Dillard, Sr.
  • Read the Bible - in Reply on Acts 16:9
    If any one seeks the truth they shall find it . Read your KJV and Pay little attention to internet prophets , there are 1000s of them . Trust the word of God and verify it . With the word of God 2 Tim 3 .16 . Or most likely be deceived by men's interpretation of the Bible .

    Jesus said many will come in my name .... they have been around a long time now .

    God Bless the true seekers . But stick with the scriptures The Lord never disappoints! Amen
  • Evangelist John DillardSr - in Reply on Acts 16:9
    As a follower of Jesus,we must have very thick skin.That's because of the rocks that are hurled at us daily.Even by those that read the Bible.Words matter and we will have to give an account of every one of them.

    Jesus taught in Mark 9:39-41 about the attitude of a servant.When Jesus bent down to write in the sand twice, what did He write? ( John 8:6:8:8)Jesus recorded my sins and the day He came looking for me and I accepted Him as savior & they where to be never remembered and I became a new man.Was set free saved by the grace of God.The Holy Spirit teaches me all about Gods word.Read the next verse in 2 Tim 3:17 before assuming that a person is an internet prophet.That's the division I wrote about in my post.I posted what was laid on my heart.I spoke the truth.We need to realize that we may be the only Bible that the world will ever read.If we live it. It will show.If we love it.It will show.If we treat all as Jesus commands, with love.It will shine.A house divided can not stand.My first post ever:I wrote of my experience with a church as an evangelist.The Macedonian Call Acts 16:9.And the gospel was presented as comfortable and private. No coming forward as to embarrass anyone of their decision for Christ. That was not a preparation for what Christ followers must and will endure.Jesus sure did not have a very comfortable life being the King of Glory as a man here in this world of pain.He hurt and wept.He taught and prayed.He read the word of God to the people in the temple.Are we not to do as Jesus did? Jesus associated,loved and cared for those who were cast out and least desirable.That's why wrote about denominations.The Gospel is very simple, and man makes it difficult.Please don't twist another mans heart for God by the words that divide.My heart,it breaks daily for a lost and dying world.That's my focus.My Love and Prayers towards all.Our work here is not done.Don't let up or give in.

    Still Sowing The Seeds Until His Great Harvest

    John E.Dillard,Sr.
  • Andrew hager on Acts 16
    This tells you about battling witchcraft
  • WILLIAM LUHM on Acts 16
    Why was Paul forbidden to preach in Asia?
  • Mishael Pt 2 - in Reply on Acts 16
    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. During the night Paul had a vision of a man of Macedonia standing and begging him, 'Come over to Macedonia and help us.' After Paul had seen the vision, we got ready for Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them." ( Acts 16:6-10)

    "Asia" in the Book of Acts is modern day Turkey or Asia Minor. The cities of Phrygia, Galatia, Mysia, Bithynia and Troas are all in Asia Minor. In the beginning of Acts, chapter 16, Paul was already in "Asia" (Turkey) with the decree from Jerusalem. He had picked up Timothy in Lystra and continued in verse 4 to spread the news in southern Turkey. However, once Paul got to Phrygia (verse 6), the holy spirit kept him from preaching. So Paul and his companions moved on again and again until it was revealed to him in a vision in Troas that he was urgently needed in Macedonia (northern Greece). We believe that this was the main reason God forbade Paul from preaching in Asia Minor. It soon became clear to Paul and his companions that they would not have been where they needed to be had they lingered in Galatia any longer. Therefore, verse 6 is less about God forbidding Paul to preach in Asia and more about Paul's trusting God's divine timing.
  • William Luhm - in Reply on Acts 16
    Thank You so much for your speedy response. Yes, I agree totally with your assessment of the Apostle Paul/Asia and his obeying the Holy Spirit. At times we seem to forget the two words threaded through the scriptures both old and New Testaments--TRUST AND OBEY
  • Mishael part 1 - in Reply on Acts 16
    I think clearly we are seeing that the Holy Spirit directs our appointments divinely. It was that way then, as it is today in this time. If we pray and submit to evangelizing; the Holy Spirit will lead us to those who are ready to hear.

    One plows the fallow ground of our hearts in prayer; another sprinkles the see of Gods Word; next our intercessors rain on the seed with our prayer ministry; the Lord of the Harvest sends reapers (evangelists) to bring in the harvest. This is how Jesus planned it.
  • Donna on Acts 16:31
    So I understand that the person must believe and live in the house hold. So a hold not in the home and a parent

    Themselves must believe I'm Christ themselves.
  • Chris - in Reply on Acts 16:31
    When the prison guard feared that Paul & Silas had escaped prison (but had not), he became so convicted by their actions & no doubt, by the words that he would have heard them speak, that he wanted to know the way of salvation.

    Paul's simple word was clear, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house." Acts 16:30-34.

    So we see that salvation can only come by hearing the Gospel & for each person to respond to it personally. This verse does not suggest 'household salvation/baptism', where if one person is saved then the others in the house are too. No, each one is responsible to believe & respond. And for young ones who may not be able to, then it's the parent's responsibility to teach them.

    And the amazing thing we learn, Paul & Silas did all this (sharing the Gospel to the guard's family at night & baptizing them straightaway) & then returning back to be put behind bars, to be released the following day.
  • Mr and Mrs James Lampela on Acts 16:31
    Hello,

    Does "your household" include family that no longer reside in your physical home?

    Thank you for clearing this up.
  • Chris - in Reply on Acts 16:31
    Hello James.

    Acts 16:30-32: "And (the prison guard) brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house."

    In this verse, Paul was speaking about those who were living with the guard at his house only (v32). Yet, Paul qualifies that salvation can only come when the Gospel is firstly preached & there is a subsequent belief & acceptance of Christ as their (personal) Saviour. Some believe in "household salvation" whereby the saving of the head of the house, means the automatic salvation of his family as well. Verses cited to support this belief is: the above verse you gave, Acts 2:38, 39 & 1 Cor 7:14. Yet, salvation can only come after each person reaching the age of accountability before God, personally hears, believes & puts their faith in Christ for their salvation. Hence the work with children (e.g. Child Evangelism Fellowship & others) are so very important because even the little ones need to hear & receive Christ.

    So, even if one's family no longer resided in the family home & are not included in the meaning of verse 31, they are still personally responsible to respond to the Gospel as the Spirit of God moves them in that direction. I therefore understand Paul's instruction to the guard to mean that "not only you but also your whole family living with you can be saved by believing in Jesus".
  • WM - in Reply on Acts 16:31
    look a the passage went the angels are getting Lot out sodoma and gomorra
  • Rick Colombe on Acts 16
    To Vince B on Acts 16: Be careful what you say Vince B. It appears you are "making up" scripture to fit your personal beliefs. Making it sound as though all will speak in tongues when baptized in the Holy Spirit. There are many Christians who stumble and fall, while some even leaving the faith, because people as yourself convinced them that they must speak n tongues as proof of being baptized in the Spirit. I have heard many "tongues" over the years, and have found it a very small number who have been given a "tongue" by the Holy Ghost. From all of what I have seen and heard, I have found that most "tongues" have been conjured up from one's own mind, while others have been given a "tongue" by another spirit not of God. Please be careful and guard your spiritual walk with God.
  • Sarah Delva on Acts 16:1
    Act 16 verse 1 was Greek at that still worship idols if so show.me scripture
  • Mishael on Exodus 20 - in Reply on Acts 16:1
    Sarah: Acts 19:13-20, is enough information to know if your objects, clothing, jewelry, "art" is an idol.

    After I was saved, I had to go through my entire home with the Holy Spirit. If He cringes, it's gotta go. You can't sell it, you can't trash it, you can't give it away. Those kind of objects have to be rendered useless.

    I burned mine in a thunderstorm with a friend.


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