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Pastor Shane Ham : What Births a Vision

Come & See · 45:39 · Recorded May 8, 2022

What Births A Vision?

Acts 16:13-33 (NIV84) 13On 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. 14One 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. 15When 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. 16Once 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. 17She 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.” 18She 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. 19When 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. 20They brought them before the magistrates and said, “These men are Jews, and are throwing our city into an uproar 21by advocating customs unlawful for us Romans to accept or practice.” 22The crowd joined in the attack against Paul and Silas, and the magistrates ordered them to be stripped and beaten with rods. 23After they had been severely flogged, they were thrown into prison, and the jailer was commanded to guard them carefully. 24When he received these orders, he put them in the inner cell and fastened their feet in the stocks. 25About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. 26Suddenly 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. 27The 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. 28But Paul shouted, “Don’t harm yourself! We are all here!” 29The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas. 30He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” 31They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.” 32Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all the others in his house. 33At that hour of the night the jailer took them and washed their wounds; then immediately he and all his household were baptized.

1. Need

Everyone needs the gospel, so the gospel is for everyone.

2. Potential

Galatians 3:28-29 (NIV) There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

3. People

Acts 16:14-15 (NIV84) The Lord opened her heart to respond to Paul’s message. When she and the members of her household were baptized, she invited us to her home.

Acts 16:17-18 (NIV84) 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.” 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.

Talk It Over

What does it look like to “share the gospel”? Pastor Shane said that the gospel is for everyone. Where do you have an open door for ministry now? In your home? Work? School? Community? How will you take advantage of that opportunity?
What impressed you most about Lydia from today’s message? Was it that she was a businesswoman at a time when very few women were, that she was immediately receptive to the gospel, that she convinced her household to be baptized, or that she opened her home to strangers?

How did God open your heart to respond to the gospel? Who did he use as a part of that process?

If you were falsely accused, severely beaten, and thrown into a dark jail cell (like Paul & Silas), would you still trust in God’s plan? Why or why not?

How much joy did you have when you first committed your life to Christ? How much do you have now?

Parents: This week we learned that Paul & Silas turned to prayer and singing when things got tough. As a family, discuss moments in your life that you need to pray and sing. What are some songs that help you feel encouraged? Listen to them in the car this week while running errands, or on the way to school.

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