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Paul and Silas in prison

Paul, Silas and the jailor of the prison in Philippi.
Contributed by Frances Lee
Story also available on our translated website: Portuguese
Paul and Silas had come to Philippi to tell people the good news of Jesus. A young girl under the control of an evil spirit worked as a fortune-teller in the city. – Slide 1
Her fortune-telling skills earned a lot of money for her owners. When she saw Paul and Silas she followed them shouting, ‘These men are working for the Most High God. They’re telling people how they can be saved.’ – Slide 2
She did this for a number of days until Paul turned and commanded the evil spirit in her, ‘Out! In the name of Jesus Christ, get out of her!” And it was gone, just like that. – Slide 3
When her owners saw that her fortune-telling skills had gone and they could no longer earn money from her, they went after Paul and Silas, roughed them up and dragged them into the market square. A mob gathered and they were brought before the city judges. The judges ordered them to be beaten then thrown into jail. They told the jailor to put them under heavy guard so there would be no chance of escape.  The jailor put them in jail and clamped leg irons on them. – Slide 4
About midnight, Paul and Silas were praying and singing praises to God. The other prisoners listened in amazement. – Slide 5
Then, without warning there was a huge earthquake! The prison shook, every door flew open, all the prisoners chains came loose. – Slide 6
The jailer saw all the doors swinging loose on their hinges. He thought all the prisoners had escaped and he pulled out his sword to kill himself, thinking he was as good as dead anyway. – Slide 7
Paul stopped him: ‘Don’t do that! We’re all still here! Nobody’s run away!’ <br/>Badly shaken, the jailor collapsed in front of Paul and Silas and asked ‘Sirs, what do I have to do to be saved?” <br/>They said, ‘Put your entire trust in Jesus and you will be saved.’ – Slide 8
The jailer became a Christian. He took Paul and Silas to his house where he dressed their wounds. Then he and everyone in his family were baptised. <br/>The next morning Paul and Silas were released from jail and after encouraging all the new Christians in Philippi, continued on their journey. – Slide 9
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