Tag: Acts 16-18

Does God save families?

Scripture reading for November 12th: Acts 16-18

I have prayed that all my family would all be saved and walk with the Lord during their time on earth.  God has been faithful and I am very thankful.   All my children are serving the Lord and have a personal walk with Him.   Many have asked if the Bible promises salvation to each person’s entire family.  Can we apply this story about the jailer and his house responding to the Gospel to claim our family?

“But Paul shouted,”Don’t harm yourself!  We are all here!”. . . . “The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas.  He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”  . . “They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved–you and your household.” They spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all others in his house.  At that hour of the night the jailer took them and washed their wounds; then immediately he and all his family were baptized. Acts 16:28-33

I believe that this record inspires faith for us to believe God for our entire family to be saved.  With faith in God, nothing is impossible.  We should ask for the salvation of our families and households and stand in faith in God’s word and mercy.  However, when looking at the rest of Scripture, I feel that it doesn’t promise that all will be saved.  Each person must choose to repent and believe on the Lord for himself.  God doesn’t make anyone believe!  Our prayers keep the door open and continue to draw the person to saving grace.

God doesn’t want anyone to be lost!  (1st Timothy 2:4-5)  He has done everything necessary to provide salvation for every person.  He draws each person by the Holy Spirit.  Yet, each person has a free will and the ability to choose his own way or God’s way.  If we could be made to be saved, all would be saved!  Jesus taught that the way of salvation was narrow and few were on that narrow path.  The way of destruction was broad and many were on it.  (Matthew 7:13)  Take time to pray that your household will be saved and that the Lord will draw them to Himself!  God honors faith!

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Household salvation?

Scripture reading for November 10th: Acts 16-18

One of the prayers that I have prayed for my family is that they would all be saved and walk with the Lord during their time on earth.  God has been faithful and I am very thankful.  All my children are serving the Lord and have a personal walk with Him.  A question that comes up from reading about the Philippian jailer is this: does the Bible promise salvation to each person’s entire family?  Can I apply this story and the verse about the jailer and his house responding to the Gospel to claim my family?

“But Paul shouted,”Don’t harm yourself! We are all here!”. . . . “The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas.  He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”  . . “They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved–you and your household.” They spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all others in his house.  At that hour of the night the jailer took them and washed their wounds; then immediately he and all his family were baptized. Acts 16:28-33

I believe that this record does inspire faith for us to believe God for our entire family to be saved.  With faith in God, nothing is impossible.  We should ask for the salvation of our family and stand in faith on God’s word.  However, when looking at the rest of Scripture, each person must choose to repent and believe on the Lord for himself.  God doesn’t make anyone believe!  Our prayers keep the door open and invite God to send laborers and draw the person to saving grace.

God doesn’t want anyone to be lost!  (1st Timothy 2:4-5)  He has done everything necessary to provide salvation for every person.  He draws each person by the Holy Spirit.  Yet, each person has a free will and must choose his own way or God’s way.  Jesus taught that the way of salvation was narrow and few would chose that narrow path.  The way of destruction was broad and many would travel on it.  (Matthew 7:13-14)  Each person in a household must choose to repent and follow Jesus.

Take time to pray that your household will be saved and that the Lord will draw them to Himself!  We don’t want to miss out because we aren’t asking in faith!

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The Unknown God!

Scripture reading for November 12th: Acts 16-18

At Berea, Paul had found a group of believers who eagerly received the message of Jesus Christ and searched the Scriptures to check out what he was preaching.  Both Jews and Greeks, men and women believed.  (Acts 17:10-15)  Jealous Jews came from Thessalonica and stirred up the crowds against the missionaries, and the brothers in the church there sent Paul to Athens.  Silas and Timothy stayed behind to minister.

Any good missionary begins to evaluate new territory, and Paul was no different in Athens, Greece.  It was a city full of idols and Paul found a synagogue of Jews and God-fearing Greeks and began to preach Christ and the resurrection.   He also preached in the marketplace to all who would listen.  A group of Epicurean and Stoic philosophers heard him and invited him to the Areopagus for a meeting.  The Areopagus was a gathering place for intellectuals who loved to discuss new ideas and philosophy. They asked this missionary to share his new ideas with the crowd gathered there–a preacher’s dream!

“Men of Athens! I see that in every way you are very religious.  For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: TO AN UNKNOWN GOD.  Now what you worship as something unknown I am going to proclaim to you.” (Acts 17:22b-23)   Paul observed that this people were very religious.  As they were trying to cover all bases so as to be somehow right, the Holy Spirit gave Paul a clever way to help them.  He proclaimed that this “unknown God” was really the creator of the heavens and earth.  He told them that this God had created all of mankind from one man and determined where they should live and how long they would be there.  This God wanted men to seek and find Him and He, in fact, was near to them.  They were His “offspring”!  (Acts 17:24-28)

God was not an idol made of gold, silver or stone.  He commanded all men to repent of such ignorance or stand judgment.  This God had set a day when He would judge all men by the one He raised from the dead, Jesus!  The mention of “resurrection” caused some to sneer, others to ponder, but some believed!  The Gospel had the power to save these intellectuals!  Praise the Living God!

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Household Salvation?

Scripture reading for November 12th: Acts 16-18

One of the prayers that I have prayed for my family is that they would all be saved and walk with the Lord during their time on earth.  God has been faithful and I am very thankful.  All my children are serving the Lord and have a personal walk with Him.  A question that comes up from reading today’s passage about the Philippian jailer getting saved with his whole household, is this: does the Bible promise salvation to each person’s entire family?  Can I apply this story and the verse about the jailer and his house responding to the Gospel to claim my family?

“But Paul shouted,”Don’t harm yourself! We are all here!”. . . . “The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas.  He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”  . . “They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved–you and your household.” They spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all others in his house.  At that hour of the night the jailer took them and washed their wounds; then immediately he and all his family were baptized. Acts 16:28-33

I believe that this record does inspire faith for us to believe God for our entire family to be saved.  With faith in God, nothing is impossible.  We should ask for the salvation of our families and households and stand in faith in God’s word and mercy.  However, when looking at the rest of Scripture, I feel that it doesn’t promise that all will be saved.  Each person must choose to repent and believe on the Lord for himself.  God doesn’t make anyone believe!  However, our prayers keep the door open and invite God to send laborers and continue to draw the person to saving grace.

God doesn’t want anyone to be lost!  (1st Timothy 2:4-5)  He has done everything necessary to provide salvation for every person.  He draws each person by the Holy Spirit.  Yet, each person has a free will and the ability to choose his own way or God’s way.  If we could be made to be saved, all would be saved!  Jesus taught that the way of salvation was narrow and few were on that narrow path.  The way of destruction is broad and many are on it.  (Matthew 7:13-14)  Each person in a household must choose to repent and follow Jesus.

Prayer is a powerful thing!  We must always pray and live by faith for our loved ones!  Take time to pray that your household will be saved and that the Lord will draw them to Himself!  We don’t want to miss out because we don’t ask!

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