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Week of June 29

  • Read Acts 16:1-40: Paul came to Derbe and then to Lystra, where a disciple named Timothy lived, whose mother was Jewish and a believer but whose father was a Greek. 2  The believers at Lystrab and Iconium spoke well of him. 3  Paul wanted to take him along on the journey, so he circumcised him because of the Jews who lived in that area, for they all knew that his father was a Greek. 4  As they traveled from town to town, they delivered the decisions reached by the apostles and elders in Jerusalem for the people to obey. 5  So the churches were strengthened in the faith and grew daily in numbers. 6  Paul and his companions traveled throughout the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia. 7  When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to. 8  So they passed by Mysia and went down to Troas. 9  During the night Paul had a vision of a man of Macedonia standing and begging him, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” 10  After Paul had seen the vision, we got ready at once to leave for Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them. 11  From Troas we put out to sea and sailed straight for Samothrace, and the next day we went on to Neapolis. 12  From there we traveled to Philippi, a Roman colony and the leading city of that district of Macedonia. And we stayed there several days. 13  On the Sabbath we went outside the city gate to the river, where we expected to find a place of prayer. We sat down and began to speak to the women who had gathered there. 14  One of those listening was a woman from the city of Thyatira named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth. She was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to respond to Paul’s message. 15  When she and the members of her household were baptized, she invited us to her home. “If you consider me a believer in the Lord,” she said, “come and stay at my house.” And she persuaded us. 16  Once when we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a female slave who had a spirit by which she predicted the future. She earned a great deal of money for her owners by fortune-telling. 17  She followed Paul and the rest of us, shouting, “These men are servants of the Most High God, who are telling you the way to be saved.” 18  She kept this up for many days. Finally Paul became so annoyed that he turned around and said to the spirit, “In the name of Jesus Christ I command you to come out of her!” At that moment the spirit left her. 19  When her owners realized that their hope of making money was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace to face the authorities. 20  They brought them before the magistrates and said, “These men are Jews, and are throwing our city into an uproar 21  by advocating customs unlawful for us Romans to accept or practice.” 22  The crowd joined in the attack against Paul and Silas, and the magistrates ordered them to be stripped and beaten with rods. 23  After they had been severely flogged, they were thrown into prison, and the jailer was commanded to guard them carefully. 24  When he received these orders, he put them in the inner cell and fastened their feet in the stocks. 25  About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. 26  Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose. 27  The jailer woke up, and when he saw the prison doors open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself because he thought the prisoners had escaped. 28  But Paul shouted, “Don’t harm yourself! We are all here!” 29  The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas. 30  He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” 31  They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.” 32  Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all the others in his house. 33  At that hour of the night the jailer took them and washed their wounds; then immediately he and all his household were baptized. 34  The jailer brought them into his house and set a meal before them; he was filled with joy because he had come to believe in God—he and his whole household. 35  When it was daylight, the magistrates sent their officers to the jailer with the order: “Release those men.” 36  The jailer told Paul, “The magistrates have ordered that you and Silas be released. Now you can leave. Go in peace.” 37  But Paul said to the officers: “They beat us publicly without a trial, even though we are Roman citizens, and threw us into prison. And now do they want to get rid of us quietly? No! Let them come themselves and escort us out.” 38  The officers reported this to the magistrates, and when they heard that Paul and Silas were Roman citizens, they were alarmed. 39  They came to appease them and escorted them from the prison, requesting them to leave the city. 40  After Paul and Silas came out of the prison, they went to Lydia’s house, where they met with the brothers and sisters and encouraged them. Then they left.

 

  • Take a step: Journal about what stood out to you in the passage.
  • Read John 10:10: The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

 

  • Take a step: Take some time today to memorize this verse. Share the verse with a friend.

 

  • Read John 10:10: The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

 

  • Take a step: Take some time today to memorize this verse. Share the verse with a friend.
  • Read Colossians 3:1-17: Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2  Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 3  For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. 4  When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. 5  Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. 6  Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. 7  You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. 8  But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. 9  Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices 10  and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. 11  Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all. 12  Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13  Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14  And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. 15  Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16  Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. 17  And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

 

  • Take a step: Take time after reading the passage to write down or circle all the steps/areas you feel like you need to grow in (for example verse 13 forgiving as you have been forgiven). Then take time in prayer and ask God to help you grow in each of the areas you circled.
  • Read Acts 16:22-34:  22 The crowd joined in the attack against Paul and Silas, and the magistrates ordered them to be stripped and beaten with rods. 23  After they had been severely flogged, they were thrown into prison, and the jailer was commanded to guard them carefully. 24  When he received these orders, he put them in the inner cell and fastened their feet in the stocks. 25  About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. 26  Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose. 27  The jailer woke up, and when he saw the prison doors open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself because he thought the prisoners had escaped. 28  But Paul shouted, “Don’t harm yourself! We are all here!” 29  The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas. 30  He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” 31  They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.” 32  Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all the others in his house. 33  At that hour of the night the jailer took them and washed their wounds; then immediately he and all his household were baptized. 34  The jailer brought them into his house and set a meal before them; he was filled with joy because he had come to believe in God—he and his whole household.

 

  • Worship, Pray, Witness: Pastor Andrew said grow your prayer life, elevate your worship, and increase your witness just like Paul did in Acts 16. This weekend take a step and do each of those things. Spend extended time in prayer, spend time in worship, and share what Jesus has done in your life with at least one person or on social media.