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Scripture Reading: Acts 16:6-10
The Macedonian Call
1. After the meeting in Jerusalem, Paul and Barnabas had remained in Antioch with many others, teaching and preaching, Acts 15:35.
2. When the dispute over taking John Mark on a second trip, Paul and Silas go through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the churches, 15:41.
3. Acts 16 is a powerful, instructive and encouraging record of the spread of the gospel into Europe.
I. GO WHERE THE GOSPEL IS NEEDED AND WANTED, Acts 16:1-10.
-Yes, the gospel is needed everywhere. This must not prevent going (cf. Antioch, 15:35). Take it where it is wanted.
A. Go with Faithful Men, Acts 15:40; 16:1-2 (2 Tim. 1:5; 3:15).
1. Seasoned, experienced in the word and wise in faith.
2. Zeal without knowledge (novice) causes problems! (cf. foreign works)
3. Take a younger man to learn from older (Timothy, Paul and Silas).
B. Remove Potential Impediments, 16:3-4.
1. Action taken to enhance effectiveness, 1 Cor. 9:19-23.
2. Shows a religious act can be used non-religiously (depending on several factors).
C. Go Where the Pressing Need and Interest Exists, Acts 16:6-10.
1. Paul and company had divine help in getting to those who would hear the gospel. Holy Spirit directed them to Troas; Vision of man from Macedonia.
2. We have to assess that based on various factors.
-(Luke joined Paul’s company in Troas, 16:8, 10)
II. CONVERSIONS AND PERSECUTION IN PHILIPPI.
A. Lydia and her Household, 16:13-15.
1. Heart opened by the Lord (by His word) to heed (obey) Paul’s message, Acts 2:39.
2. Judged “faithful to the Lord” because she believed and obeyed.
B. Beaten and Jailed for a Miraculous Work, 16:16-24.
1. Slave girl possessed by evil spirit and exploited by masters.
2. Right message – wrong messenger, 16:17-18.
3. Healed – Masters lost their source of profit, 16:18-19.
4. Accused as Jews, multitude aroused, magistrates beat them without trial (bare-backed with long staff).
5. Interior prison with feet in stocks, 16:24.
C. The Jailer and his Household, 16:25-34.
1. Faith in the darkness, 16:25.
2. Miraculous release and merciful rescue from death, 16:26-28.
3. “What must I do to be saved”? 16:29-34
a. Nature of saving faith.
b. The immediacy of obedience for salvation.
c. The joy of salvation.
D. Public Release Demanded and Obtained, 16:35-40.
-Luke remained in Philippi, 16:40, 17:1.
III. THE GOSPEL IS THE SAME IN EVERY NATION AND CULTURE.
A. The Gospel is Defined by Revelation, not Culture, 16:21.
1. Jews in the regions of Lycaonia, Phrygia, and Galatia (16:1-3); Woman from Asia in Europe (16:14); A Gentile jailer and his family (16:31-32).
2. Everywhere in every church, 1 Cor. 4:17 (“my ways in Christ”); 7:17.
B. Common to All:
1. Same need: Sinners needing salvation (16:30).
2. Same truth: The word of the Lord (16:32).
3. Same commands: believe, repent, be baptized (16:14-15, 31-34).
4. Same blessing: Salvation (16:15, 30, 34).
C. The Culture in which One Preaches may call for Certain Expediencies, but it does not Define the Truth.
1. Expedient to circumcise Timothy, 16:3 (would go to synagogues).
-Illus. In India: Take off shoes when we enter meeting place; men and women sit in segregated areas.
2. Cannot condone sin because it is culturally accepted!
-Ex. Fornication in Corinth; Social drinking in Europe; Immodesty in Hawaii/California…
1. The gospel will find open hearts today (like Lydia) and repentant sinners (like the jailer).
2. We must go and help them learn about the Lord Jesus Christ.
By: Joe R. Price
Posted: September 5, 2013