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Summary: The question which the Philippian jailer asked Paul and Silas 2,000 years ago is still relevant today and we have to encourage people to ask it, and no matter how 'diverse' or 'multi-cultural' our society is, there is only one correct answer to it.

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Psalm 34:1-9 and 17-22 (all) emphasize v.22

Acts 16: 16-34

Sermon: What must I do to be Saved?

There's only one answer to that question.

“Saved”.

A little 5-letter word usually being the past tense of the verb “save”

which means 'set free' or 'rescue'.

In the context of being rescued from a house fire or a car crash

it is a word that would make telller and hearer happy,

but used in a religious context, it often results in anger and heated argument.

Obviously, it is this use of the word that we are going to look at today.

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Who asked the question

and who asks it today

and what is the right answer to the question?

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Acts chapters 16, 17 and 18 record Paul's Second Missionary Journey.

His First had led to the creation of churches in Galatia, which is now Turkey,

and his Second saw him revisit these

and go on, with Silas, to plant churches in Southern Europe.

As we probably know from experience, telling people that they are sinners

who need Jesus,

resulted in the Missionaries being put in prison,

from which God 'saved' them by sending an earthquake,

and this led to the jailer asking the question.

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Who asks the question 'What must I do to be saved?' today?

That depends on someone presenting them, challenging them,

with the same 2,000-year oldGospel message,

and on the Holy Spirit working within them.

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We are all aware of Jesus' words to the disciples before He ascended into heaven:

'Go and preach the Gospel, and make more disciples',

not that WE can save anyone,

but the Holy Spirit works through the written word

and the spoken word.

And we are all aware of Paul's words in Romans:

'Faith comes by hearing'

and 'how can unbelievers hear unless someone tells them'.

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We are God's ambassadors, God's representatives, as was Paul in Acts 16

and we know that we should be, if not 'preaching',

at least 'sharing' and doing what we can to spread

the Gospel of salvation.

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We have all had Mormons and Jehovah's Witnesses at our doors,

and while we know their message is false and distorted,

and while we know that most people don't like being confronted by them

and having their peace and family time interrupted by them

(especially when 'Coronation Street' is on TV),

we probably experience guilt when we see them out and about,

because we know that WE should have the dedication


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