St. John’s Vancouver, Evening Sermon Rev. Ben Roberts 2020/08/23
After the Council of Jerusalem, the Holy Spirit leads Paul and his companions to Macedonia. The narrative in Philippi occurs in three scenes: (1) the Lord opens Lydia’s heart to receive the Gospel and she is baptized with her whole household. (2) Paul, in the name of Jesus, commands a spirit to come out of a female servant whose masters were profiting off her spiritual oppression. (3) The Lord frees Paul and Silas from prison and they witness to the terrified Philippian Jailor, who is also baptized with his household. In these scenes we see the freedom Jesus brings. Lydia is freed to hear and know the truth, the female servant is freed from spiritual oppression, and the Jailor is freed from fear and receives salvation.
The Philippians jailor asks the key question: “What must I do to be saved?” (16:30)
“Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household” (16:31)
This Good News brings freedom and rejoicing (16:34).