Bible Reading – Acts 16

Timothy Joins Paul and Silas (16:1-5). At Lystra, a disciple named Timothy joined Paul and Silas. As they went through the cities, they delivered the decrees made by the apostles and elders in Jerusalem for the Gentile believers to obey.

Paul’s Vision of the Macedonian Man (16:6-10). The Holy Spirit prevented the team from preaching in the province of Asia and Bithynia. However, in a vision at Troas, God called the team to Macedonia. “We” (see 16:10) indicates that Luke had now joined Paul, Silas, and Timothy.

Arrival at Philippi (16:11-15). The team sailed to Philippi in Macedonia, where they attended a place of prayer beside the river. A woman named Lydia, along with her entire household, believed in the Lord and was baptized.

Paul and Silas Are Thrown Into Prison (16:16-40). Paul freed a demon-possessed girl but incurred the anger of her owners, who had made a great profit from her fortune-telling. They instigated the arrest, beating, and imprisonment of Paul and Silas. While in prison, Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God when suddenly a great earthquake occurred, so that all the prison doors flew open, and the prisoners bonds came loose. Fearing that his prisoners had escaped, the jailer drew his sword and was about to kill himself, but Paul assured him they were all still there. Paul explained the good news of Jesus to the jailer, and he and his entire household believed in the Lord Jesus and were baptized. (Willmington’s Bible Handbook Modified)

Practical Lessons: (1) Timothy being circumcised is a valuable example of the Pauline teaching, “I have become all things to all people, so that by all means I may save some” (1 Corinthians 9:22). What liberties are we willing to give up so that the good news might spread quickly? (2) Believing in the Lord Jesus includes being baptized.