Summary: This Sermon should help a congregation to Prepare for Revival!!
THIS WORLD NEEDS
And when her masters saw that the hope of their gains was gone, they caught Paul and Silas, and drew them into the market place unto the rulers,
And brought them to the magistrates,
Saying, these men being Jews, do exceedingly trouble our city
And teach customs, which are not lawful for us to receive, neither to observe, being Romans
And the multitude rose up together against them; and the magistrates rent of their clothes, and commanded to beat them
And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast them into prison, charging the jailer to keep them safely
Who, having received such a charge , thrust them
Into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks.
And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and
Sang praises unto God:
And the prisoners heard them!!
And suddenly there was a great earthquake,
So that the foundations of the prison were
Shaken: and immediately all the doors were
Opened, and every one’s bands were loosed!
May God add his blessing to the reading
Of His Word!!!
People what this whole world needs today
Is an old fashioned revival!!
We need it in the pews and we need
It in the pulpit as well!!!!!
I can remember 25 years ago, When we had
A revival it would last for 5 or 6 weeks and
About a hundred or more would get saved!!!!
Today if you can get a Revival to last 5 days
You have done something special!!!!!
And if you can SEE a couple of souls come to
Lord you have really seen an accomplishment!
Here tonight in the book of Acts Paul and
Silas were preaching the greatest message
That was ever known to Mankind!
They were preaching the message of Jesus!
The Apostle Paul was letting people know
In ACTS 19:26
That there should be no God’s
Which are made with hands.
BUT when they arrived into a City
Their message was very offensive to the Romans!!
Hey I know how they feel!!!
What I preach a lot of times people get pretty offensive TOO!!!
PEOPLE LISTEN TO ME TONIGHT
WHAT THIS WORLD NEEDS IS AN OLD FASHIONED REVIVAL!!
If you read the entire chapter you’ll find that Paul and Silas were caught and taken into the market place to the rulers!!
ACTS 17:8 SAYS
And they troubled the people and the rulers of the city, when they heard these things.
They were brought to the magistrates and
They were accused of causing great trouble
The bible tells us that they were teaching
Customs, and this was against the law for the
Romans to be taught!!
So the multitude rose up against them and
The magistrates ripped off their clothes!
And they were commanded to be beaten!!!
2nd Corinthians 6:4, 5 says:
but in all things approving ourselves
as the ministers of God
in much patience, in afflictions, in
necessities in distresses,
in stripes in imprisonment’s, in tumults,
in labors, in watchings, in fastings;
These guys Silas and Paul were the modern
day preachers of their time
They preached with passion and not to mention
And because of this - there was a stump slap
dab in the middle of their journey to spread
But it turned out to be a terrible time in their
They had been beaten for spreading the word
They didn’t have anymore clothes
And they didn’t have their freedom
They were locked up in the local prison
And they were prisoners in the city WHERE
They were preaching THE WORD!!!!
Today if We got threw in jail and a beating for preaching The word of God!!
We’d be thinking about keeping our mouth shut
This was a low time for these guys - they lost everything they had!!
And they were beaten for spreading the word!
If you think about it They didn’t really have
Anything to praise God about!!!
Here they preached the message of Jesus Christ and
They were fulfilling their calling that
Jesus had commanded them and commissioned
Them to do!!!!
But there’s something I really Love about
These two Ministers for Jesus
At Midnight Paul and Silas Prayed, and sang
praises unto God
And the prisoners heard them!!!
And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken
And immediately all the doors were opened and every one’s bands were loosed
Listen to me tonight folks if you find yourself imprisoned with satan and the hour is late
Honey all you have to do is
Don’t give up - Keep your faith in God
You just keep on holding on to that promise
That Jesus has made in his word
I WILL NEVER LEAVE THEE, NOR