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Paul and Silas in Prison

Acts 16:22-40
Paul and Silas are praising God in prison when an earthquake strikes.
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After commanding in the name of Jesus that an evil spirit leave a slave girl, Paul and Silas faced an angry mob. Once delivered, the slave girl lost her powers as a fortune teller and her owners were furious. The town judges ordered that Paul and Silas were beaten with wooden rods across their bare backs then led off to prison. – Slide 1
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The jailor in charge of the prison was threatened with death if they escaped. – Slide 2
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Paul and Silas, with painful wounds, faced a torturous time. – Slide 3
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The jailor was taking no chances that they might escape and locked them in the inner dungeon with their feet clamped into the stocks. – Slide 4
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Paul and Silas were in great pain but they were happy to suffer for Christ in this way. At midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns. – Slide 5
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The other prisoners listened in bemusement as Paul and Silas praised God. – Slide 6
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Paul and Silas continued to pray and sing praises to God. – Slide 7
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The jailer had never heard anything like this before, especially from prisoners who had faced such a beating. He expected cursing and anger from prisoners, not joy. – Slide 8
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Suddenly there was a great earthquake; the prison was shaken to its foundations. All the doors flew open and the chains of every prisoner fell off! – Slide 9
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The jailer saw the prison doors wide open, and assuming the prisoners had escaped; he drew his sword to kill himself. – Slide 10
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But Paul yelled to him, ‘Don’t do it! We are all here!’ – Slide 11
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Trembling with fear, the jailer called for lights and ran to the dungeon and fell down before Paul and Silas. – Slide 12
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Leading them out of the inner dungeon he begged them, ‘Sirs, what must I do to be saved?’ – Slide 13
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They replied, ‘Believe on the Lord Jesus and you will be saved, and your entire household.’ – Slide 14
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Having secured the prison, the jailor took Paul and Silas to meet his family. – Slide 15
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Paul and Silas talked with the Jailor and his family telling them the good news about Jesus. All those living with the jailor believed in Jesus and decided to become Christians. – Slide 16
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The jailor washed the wounds of Paul and Silas and made them clean. – Slide 17
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Then early that same morning the Jailor and his family were baptised – Slide 18
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The joyful jailor led them to his house where everyone there rejoiced because all were now believers! – Slide 19
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He gave Paul and Silas a meal. – Slide 20
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The next morning the judges sent officers over to tell the jailer, ‘Let those men go!’  So the jailer told Paul they were free to leave. – Slide 21
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But Paul replied, ‘Oh no they don’t! They have publically beaten us without trial then jailed us. We are Roman citizens! So now, they want us to leave secretly? Never! Let them come in person and release us!’ – Slide 22
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The officers reported to the judges, who feared for their lives when they heard Paul and Silas were Roman citizens. So they came to the jail and begged them to go. The judges pleaded with them to leave the city. – Slide 23
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Paul and Silas then returned to the home of Lydia, where they met with the believers and preached to them once more. – Slide 24
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Then they continued on their journey towards the cities of Amphipolis and Apollonia and on to Thessalonica. – Slide 25
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