by Ernest Easley

How to Sing through the Midnight Hour
Series: Back to the Basics
Ernest L. Easley
Acts 16:16-40

Take your Bible and join me today in the 16th chapter of Acts as we continue our study under the heading: Back to the Basics! Since Sunday, January 13th, we've been learning from the early church what God designed and desires for His church and His children.

To impact our community for Christ like the early church impacted theirs, we've got to get back to the basics: once again living our lives and families under the authority of scripture, living Spirit-filled lives, promoting and protecting the unity of our fellowship, refusing to allow our differences to hinder the work of God, reaching out to those that are hurting, meeting the needs of people that are in trouble and then sharing Jesus with them, having a what-ever-it-takes attitude to reaching others for Jesus.

That's what it means to be a Christian! That's what it means to be the Church. And how we need to continue getting back to the basics!

Well as we continue through this 16th chapter of Acts, let me remind you that Paul and Silas have now teamed up along with Luke and Timothy and are on the second missionary journey. They have set out for Greece in response to the Macedonian call that Paul received in a vision.

Beginning in 16.11, we read that they set sail from Troas and arrive in Philippi which verse 12 tells us was a ''foremost city of that part of Macedonia, a colony. And we were staying in that city for some days.''

It was there in Philippi that they met Lydia down by the riverside who was a successful business woman. Apparently, she was a religious person but had no personal relationship with God and that missionary team led her Jesus and she was saved!

In fact, we read in verse 15, ''And when she and her household were baptized ..'' After she experienced forgiveness and salvation, she wanted everybody to experience it, especially her family! Once evidence that a person has bee ...

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