09 January 2022 (am) – Acts 16:16-40
|Andy Bruins preaching from Acts on Sunday 9th January 2022.|
Chapter 16 contains the stories of the first converts in Philippi, a city in the north of Greece. The gospel has finally reached Europe. This continent, in the grip of darkness and slavery to sin is being exposed to the light of Christ and the freedom that is found only in Him.
Q In John 8:34, Jesus says that, “everyone who sins is a slave to sin”. What does that mean? What does that slavery look like?
Q Read v16-24. In what way is this fortune teller a double slave?
Q On the face of it, this girl is telling the truth, so why do you think Paul is so agitated by what she is shouting?
Q Why are Paul and Silas arrested? What made the slave-owners so angry? What does that tell you about their priorities?
Q Read v25-34. Why does the jailor want to kill himself? How does this become a radical turning point in his life?
Q What does Paul tell him he must do to be saved? What does it mean? Is this too simplistic?
Q What is the answer to the problem of our slavery to sin? (See John 8:36) How do you reconcile that with the fact that even as believers, we still continue to sin?