Acts 16:25 And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.
26 And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed.
27 And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his sword, and would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had been fled.
28 But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm: for we are all here.
29 Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas,
30 And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?
31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.
Man has corrupted the simplicity of salvation. Some say entrance to heaven is based upon following some set of creeds, joining a church, being baptized, or expressing some heartless prayer. Others have suggested that God will put each man’s good works in a balance with his bad works, and so long as the good outweighs the bad, man will find entrance into heaven. Still others suggest there is any number of ways to gain entrance into heaven. How can man possibly wade his way through the confusion and be certain that heaven will be his future destination? To a great extent, this was the question that the Philippian jailor posed to the apostle Paul. Paul boldly answered, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.” Paul told the jailor the truth and then prophesied that the family would follow his lead in salvation.
- (For children): Cornelius needed to be saved (Acts 10:1-6; Acts 11:13-14). Peter told him the only way was by believing in the Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 10:36, 38-43).
- (For everyone): Read John 3:36; Acts 8:37; Acts 13:38-39; and Romans 10:9-10, 13. What does God say that a man must do in order to be saved?
- What are you trusting for your salvation? Do you remember a time when you realized that you had sinned against a holy God and were unable to work your way to heaven? Did you call upon the name of the Lord for salvation?
- If you have not, call upon the Lord for salvation.
- If you are saved, thank God for His salvation.
SONG: ONCE FOR ALL
Quotes from the next volume
(VOLUME 4, WEEK 41)
Subject: Sin (con’t)
Sin cripples a man in every way. It hides God’s face (Isaiah 59:2) and withholds good things from man that he would otherwise enjoy (Jeremiah 5:25).
Failure on man’s part to confess his sins is to forfeit God’s mercy (Proverbs 28:13).
Man’s natural reaction is almost always likened to that of Cain when he said, “My punishment is greater than I can bear” (Genesis 4:13).