Take Time With God #110 – Witnessing for Christ while suffering

Take Time With God #110 – Witnessing for Christ while suffering

Acts 16:16–30

16 It happened that as we were going to the place of prayer, a slave-girl having a spirit of divination met us, who was bringing her masters much profit by fortune-telling. 17 Following after Paul and us, she kept crying out, saying, “These men are bond-servants of the Most High God, who are proclaiming to you [a]the way of salvation.” 18 She continued doing this for many days. But Paul was greatly annoyed, and turned and said to the spirit, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her!” And it came out at that very [b]moment.

22 The crowd rose up together against them, and the chief magistrates tore their [d]robes off them and proceeded to order [e]them to be beaten with rods. 23 When they had struck them with many blows, they threw them into prison, commanding the jailer to guard them securely; 24 [f]and he, having received such a command, threw them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the [g]stocks.

25 But about midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns of praise to God, and the prisoners were listening to them; 26 and suddenly there came a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison house were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were unfastened. 27 When the jailer awoke and saw the prison doors opened, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself, supposing that the prisoners had escaped. 28 But Paul cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Do not harm yourself, for we are all here!” 29 And he called for lights and rushed in, and trembling with fear he fell down before Paul and Silas, 30 and after he brought them out, he said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”

Footnotes:

  1. Acts 16:17 Lit a way

  2. Acts 16:18 Lit hour

    1. Acts 16:19 Lit gone out

1 Thessalonians 2:1-8New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Paul’s Ministry
2 For you yourselves know, brethren, that our [a]coming to you was not in vain, 2 but after we had already suffered and been mistreated in Philippi, as you know, we had the boldness in our God to speak to you the gospel of God amid much [b]opposition. 3 For our exhortation does not come from error or impurity or [c]by way of deceit; 4 but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not as pleasing men, but God who [d]examines our hearts. 5 For we never came [e]with flattering speech, as you know, nor with a pretext for greed—God is witness— 6 nor did we seek glory from men, either from you or from others, even though as apostles of Christ [f]we might have [g]asserted our authority. 7 But we [h]proved to be [i]gentle [j]among you, as a nursing mother [k]tenderly cares for her own children. 8 Having so fond an affection for you, we were well-pleased to impart to you not only the gospel of God but also our own [l]lives, because you had become [m]very dear to us.

Footnotes:

    1 Thessalonians 2:1–8
  1. 1 Thessalonians 2:1 Lit entrance
  2. 1 Thessalonians 2:2 Or struggle, conflict
  3. 1 Thessalonians 2:3 Lit in deceit
  4. 1 Thessalonians 2:4 Or approves
  5. 1 Thessalonians 2:5 Lit in a word of flattery
  6. 1 Thessalonians 2:6 Lit being able to
  7. 1 Thessalonians 2:6 Or be burdensome
  8. 1 Thessalonians 2:7 Or became gentle
  9. 1 Thessalonians 2:7 Three early mss read babes
  10. 1 Thessalonians 2:7 Lit in the midst of you
  11. 1 Thessalonians 2:7 Or cherishes
  12. 1 Thessalonians 2:8 Or souls
  13. 1 Thessalonians 2:8 Lit beloved
  1. Acts 16:22 Lit to beat with rods
  2. Acts 16:24 Lit who
  3. Acts 16:24 Lit wood

 

Take Time With God #110 – Witnessing for Christ while suffering