Holding on in faith — this week at ELC

midnightIt must have seemed hopeless, Paul and Silas arrested, flogged, and in prison.  But instead of despair, the found the voice of song and prayer, and the power of God’s love transformed not just their personal circumstances, but brought hope to all around!

Worship with us this week:

Saturday – 5:00 p.m. in the chapel

Sunday – 8:30 a.m. Traditional Worship

9:30 a.m. Sunday School, Adult Bible study and fellowship

10:30 a.m. Contemporary worship

Devotions for this week:  Paul and Silas, Acts 16:16-34
SHARE:   What was a high point of your day? What was a low point?

READ: Read the following daily readings to deepen your understanding

Sunday, Acts 16:16-34, Paul and Silas

Monday, Acts 16:35-40, Paul and Silas

Tuesday, Acts 15:1-11, The Council at Jerusalem

Wednesday, Acts 15:12-21, The Council at Jerusalem

Thursday, Acts 16:1-5, Timothy Joins Paul and Silas

Friday, Acts 16:6-10, Paul’s Vision of the Man of Macedonia

Saturday, Acts 16:11-15, The Conversion of Lydia

TALK:  Consider some of these ideas:

25About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. 26Suddenly there was an earthquake, so violent that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were unfastened.  (Acts 16:25-26)

When you are fully immersed in the revolutionary work of Gospel proclamation, you should be prepared to make some enemies. But Paul and Silas have God on their side—and an entire prison is about to get rocked.

  • Tell of a time something you did had unexpected consequences.
  • Wonder: What would you do if you were locked up for doing something good and right?

PRAY: Faithful Lord, you have seen your servants through every trial. Stir up even today the power of your Gospel to transform, renew and lead new believers to your community. By the power of Jesus, Amen.

BLESS:  May God work through you in unexpected ways. Amen.

 

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