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Reading through Acts- Day 44

October 2nd, 2012

Acts 16:16-40- What must I do to be saved?

‘[The jailer] 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.” Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all the others in his house.’

A common response to Christianity today is ‘you can believe what you like as long as you don’t bother anyone else’. That’s certainly not the way Paul and Silas chose to live! In today’s passage we find them boldly seizing the initiative on three separate occasions. As you read these verses, allow God to not only challenge you, but give you faith to live courageously in your context.

Read: Acts 16:16-40

Questions to consider/ Things to do:

  • Paul and Silas demonstrate the power of the gospel by the way their faith gives them confidence even in the midst of huge pressure and uncertainty (v25). God then helps them in a most dramatic way! Miracles don’t always happen in tough situations, but sometimes we give up too easily. How often do you really expect your prayers to be answered?

 

Further study / action:

Bring your biggest requests to God with fresh courage and faith.

 

 

These notes are adapted from an original version that was first written for Closer to God and are © 2012 Scripture Union and used with permission.

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Reading through Acts- Day 43

October 1st, 2012

Acts 16:6-15- Blocked paths and new opportunities

‘Paul and his companions travelled 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.’

How do you respond when things don’t go according to plan? There can be the temptation to give up when it seems like things aren’t going to work out as we had hoped. However, if we believe that God is sovereign and our lives are in his hands, then we can have faith that even blocked paths will result in new opportunities.

Read: Acts 16:6-15

Questions to consider/ Things to do:

  • There’s nothing unspiritual about making plans, as long as we’re open for God to change them. Are you?
  • What can we learn from today’s passage about how God guides us?
  • Think back over times when God has guided you (even though you may not have been aware that it was God’s guidance at the time!). How could you be more alert to God’s guidance in your life?

 

These notes are adapted from an original version that was first written for Closer to God and are © 2012 Scripture Union and used with permission.

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