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Paul and Silas in Prison

Paul and Silas praise God and an earthquake strikes.
Contributed by Sweet Publishing
Story also available on our translated websites: Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, Romanian, Hindi, Arabic, Simplified Chinese
Paul, Silas and Timothy were staying in Philippi as guests of Lydia. One day as they were going to the place of prayer, they were followed by a slave girl who was possessed by a demon. This demon gave her powers as a fortune-teller and she earned a lot of money for her masters.  – Slide 1
She chased after Paul and the others shouting, ‘These men are servants of the Most High God, and they have come to tell you how to be saved.’ – Slide 2
This went on day after day until Paul got so exasperated that he turned and said to the demon within her, ‘I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.’ Instantly it left her. – Slide 3
Now that the slave girl has lost her power to tell fortunes, her masters’ hopes of making money were dashed. 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 4
A mob quickly formed against Paul and Silas, and the city officials ordered them to be stripped and beaten with wooden rods. After a severe beating, Paul and Silas were thrown into prison.  – Slide 5
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 6
 Suddenly, there was a massive earthquake, and the prison was shaken to its foundations. All the doors immediately flew open, and the chains of every prisoner fell off!  – Slide 7
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. But Paul shouted to him, ‘Stop! Don’t kill yourself! We are all here!’ 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?’ – Slide 8
They replied, ‘Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved, along with everyone in your household.’ Then they shared the word of the Lord with him and with all who lived in his household. – Slide 9
The jailer cared for them and washed their wounds. Then he and everyone in his household were immediately baptised. He gave them a meal in his house and his entire household rejoiced because they all believed in God. – Slide 10
The next morning the city officials told the jailor, ‘Let those men go!’ When they learned that Paul and Silas were Roman citizens they came to the jail to apologise to them for their treatment. Paul and Silas left the prison and returned to the home of Lydia. They met with the believers and encouraged them before leaving the city.   – Slide 11
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