1. The sovereignty of God in the conversion of the
- the Philippian jailor had no intention of getting
saved, but God had other plans
- a false accusation against Paul and Silas resulted
in this jailor getting saved
- if we could look at the vantage point that God
has, you would be able to see how God has directed
- thank God for his sovereignty in Christ in
choosing you for salvation before the foundation of
2. The jailor almost did not get saved.
- the jailor probably looked on these people as
- prior to the earthquake, he turned a deaf ear to
what they had to say and was fast asleep
- At the midnight hour, God moved in a miraculous
way and caused a great earthquake
- The jailer was responsible for every prisoner and
if he lost his prisoners he lost his life
- he was ready to kill himself and was within
seconds of going to hell when out came the cry from
Paul: do thyself no harm
- In one sense, humanly speaking, the salvation of
this man almost did not take place
3. There was something going on behind the scenes
that lead to this man getting right with God.
- By this, we mean the activity of Paul and Silas
who were faithful to God in witnessing to Christ
- Paul and Silas were singing and praising God
- we would most likely be grumbling about our
treatment and feeling sorry for ourselves
- why did the other prisoners not try to escape?
- the presence of God came down and silenced them
4. When the Philippian jailor asked his question, he
was given the best advice possible.
5. The good news is that the jailor gave heed to
what he was told.