We use cookies to collect general visitor statistics but not personal information. Privacy policy

Paul in Prison at Philippi

Paul and Silas help a jailor in Philippi.
The very first place in Europe that Paul shared the good news of Jesus was the Roman controlled city of Philippi in Eastern Macedonia. Paul met Lydia, a seller of expensive purple cloth, at a prayer meeting by the riverside and she became a Christian. – Slide 1
One day as Paul and Silas were going to the place of prayer, they met a slave girl who had an occult spirit that enabled her to tell the future. She earned a lot of money for her masters by telling fortunes. – Slide 2
She followed Paul and Silas shouting, ‘These men are servants of the Most High God, and they have come to tell you how to be saved.’ – Slide 3
Paul, in the name of Jesus Christ, commanded the demon to come out of her. – Slide 4
Instantly the demon spirit left her and she was free of its evil control. But she no longer had the ability to tell fortunes. – Slide 5
Her masters’ hopes of wealth were now shattered, so they grabbed Paul and Silas and dragged them before the authorities at the marketplace. ‘The whole city is in an uproar because of these Jews!’ they shouted to the city officials. ‘They are teaching customs that are illegal for us Romans to practise.’ – Slide 6
A mob quickly formed against Paul and Silas, and the city officials ordered them stripped and beaten with wooden rods. They were severely beaten, and then they were thrown into prison. The jailer was ordered to make sure they didn’t escape. So he put them into the inner dungeon and clamped their feet in the stocks. Around midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening. – Slide 7
Suddenly, there was a massive earthquake! The prison was shaken to its foundations. All the doors immediately flew open, and the chains of every prisoner fell off! <br/> The jailer woke up to see the prison doors wide open. He assumed the prisoners had escaped, so he drew his sword to kill himself. – Slide 8
But Paul shouted to him, ‘Stop! Don’t kill yourself! We are all here!’ <br/>The jailer called for lights and ran to the dungeon and fell down trembling before Paul and Silas. Then he brought them out and asked, ‘Sirs, what must I do to be saved?’ <br/>They replied, ‘Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved, along with everyone in your household.’ Paul and Silas shared the word of the Lord with him and his family. – Slide 9
The jailer cared for them and washed their wounds. Then he and everyone in his household were immediately baptised. <br/>The next morning the city officials sent the police to tell the jailer, ‘Let those men go!’ But Paul insisted that as he was a Roman citizen the officials should come and apologise to them first. Paul and Silas then went to say goodbye to Lydia and the other Christians before going on their way. – Slide 10
Slide 11