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Chuck Smith :: Sermon Notes for Acts 16:25

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"SONGS IN THE NIGHT"
I. THE CONDITIONS UNDER WHICH THEY SANG.
A. Sitting in the dungeon with their feet fastened to the stocks.
1. These inner prison areas were usually filthy, rat infested areas with horrible stench.
2. Their backs were cut open and still stinging from the beatings they received.
a. The blood was beginning to cake sticking their clothes to their bodies.
b. Infectious germs abounded in this filth.
3. They were far from home and countrymen.
4. It was about midnight.
B. Men who can sing in these circumstances most possess something special.
1. The other prisoners as they listened must have been shocked.
a. They had heard men scream and curse.
b. But sing?
II. WHAT KIND OF MEN CAN SING UNDER THESE CONDITIONS.
A. Men with a mission.
1. They had been sent by their King.
2. They knew He was in control of all of the circumstances of their lives.
3. They knew He had a purpose for these things and "all things were working for good."
4. They were singing songs to their King and of their King who they loved dearly.
B. They were men with a relationship.
1. They had a close relationship to their King.
a. Though unseen He was with them wherever they went.
b. When they were weak He would strengthen them.
c. When perplexed He would lead.
d. When discouraged. He would lift their spirits.
C. Men who live above their circumstances.
1. They realized these things just temporal.
2. They belonged to and were destined for the eternal kingdom.
3. They rejoiced not for their circumstances that would be insane.
a. They rejoiced in their King.
III. WHAT HAPPENED TO THESE MEN?
A. Suddenly there was a great earthquake.
1. The prison gates were thrust open their stocks were loosed.
2. This is exciting, but singing praises in prison does not always create earthquakes.
a. They were not singing for deliverance.
b. They were singing to worship.
c. The earthquake was a surprise to them.
d. They did not take advantage and seek to escape.
B. Soon a hard toughened jailer was kneeling before them trembling.
1. In his question they understood the reason for their imprisonment.
a. "What must I do to be saved?"
b. Their King was recruiting new subjects for the Kingdom.
2. The earthquake wasn't to let them out of jail, but to let the jailer in to the Kingdom.
IV. THE LORD CAN GIVE YOU A SONG IN YOUR DARKEST NIGHT.
Sermon Notes for Acts 16:22 ← Prior Section
Sermon Notes for Acts 16:25 Next Section →
Sermon Notes for John 1:1 ← Prior Book
Sermon Notes for Romans 1:16 Next Book →
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The Blue Letter Bible ministry and the BLB Institute hold to the historical, conservative Christian faith, which includes a firm belief in the inerrancy of Scripture. Since the text and audio content provided by BLB represent a range of evangelical traditions, all of the ideas and principles conveyed in the resource materials are not necessarily affirmed, in total, by this ministry.

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