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Paul confronts a fortune teller

Acts 16:16-23
A fortune teller is delivered from the evil powers that control her.
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After Paul had a vision of a man from Macedonia pleading for him to visit Macedonia, Paul, Silas, Timothy (and possibly Luke) had travelled to Philippi, a Roman colony in Macedonia. – Slide 1
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Philippi was a thriving Roman colony with a busy market and amphitheatre. Just outside the city was a river where believers in God met to pray. Paul taught the women meeting there about the Lord Jesus Christ. One of them, Lydia, had become a Christian and been baptised. – Slide 2
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A group of Christians in Philippi began meeting in Lydia’s house as well as on the river bank. – Slide 3
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Paul, Silas and Timothy often walked down the main street of Philippi, the Via Maris, on their way out of the city to join those praying by the river. – Slide 4
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Now in the city was a slave girl who was possessed by an evil spirit that gave her powers to see into the future. – Slide 5
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Her masters would charge people to tell their fortunes and they were making a lot of money from her evil powers. – Slide 6
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Now as Paul and Silas walked down the road out of the city to go to the place of prayer by the river, this slave girl followed them. – Slide 7
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She shouted after them, ‘These men are servants of God, and they have come to tell you how to have your sins forgiven.’ – Slide 8
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Now this went on day after day. – Slide 9
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She would shout loudly, ‘These men are servants of God … – Slide 10
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‘ … and they have come to tell you how to have your sins forgiven.’ – Slide 11
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One day Paul became distressed as the slave girl shouted at him. He turned around and addressed the evil spirit controlling her. – Slide 12
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‘I command you in the name of Jesus Christ, come out of her!’ – Slide 13
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Immediately the evil spirit left the slave girl. – Slide 14
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She was now free from the control of the evil spirit. – Slide 15
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But no longer had the power to tell people’s fortunes. – Slide 16
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The masters who owned the slave girl were furious that the girl could no longer earn them large amounts of money by telling fortunes. – Slide 17
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‘These Jews are corrupting our city,’ they shouted. ‘They are teaching the people to do things that are against the Roman laws.’ – Slide 18
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Paul and Silas found themselves surrounded by an angry mob. – Slide 19
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They were grabbed and dragged to the market place to face the local judges. – Slide 20
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The judges ordered that Paul and Silas be beaten with wooden whips. Again and again the rods slashed down across their bared backs. Then they were thrown into prison. – Slide 21
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