Bible: Acts 16:1-15

Timothy Joins Paul and Silas

16:1 He also came to Derbe 1  and to Lystra. 2  A disciple 3  named Timothy was there, the son of a Jewish woman who was a believer, 4  but whose father was a Greek. 5  16:2 The brothers in Lystra 6  and Iconium 7  spoke well 8  of him. 9  16:3 Paul wanted Timothy 10  to accompany him, and he took 11  him and circumcised 12  him because of the Jews who were in those places, 13  for they all knew that his father was Greek. 14  16:4 As they went through the towns, 15  they passed on 16  the decrees that had been decided on by the apostles and elders in Jerusalem 17  for the Gentile believers 18  to obey. 19  16:5 So the churches were being strengthened in the faith and were increasing in number every day. 20 

Paul’s Vision of the Macedonian Man

16:6 They went through the region of Phrygia 21  and Galatia, 22  having been prevented 23  by the Holy Spirit from speaking the message 24  in the province of Asia. 25  16:7 When they came to 26  Mysia, 27  they attempted to go into Bithynia, 28  but the Spirit of Jesus did not allow 29  them to do this, 30  16:8 so they passed through 31  Mysia 32  and went down to Troas. 33  16:9 A 34  vision appeared to Paul during the night: A Macedonian man was standing there 35  urging him, 36 Come over 37  to Macedonia 38  and help us! 16:10 After Paul 39  saw the vision, we attempted 40  immediately to go over to Macedonia, 41  concluding that God had called 42  us to proclaim the good news to them.

Arrival at Philippi

16:11 We put out to sea 43  from Troas 44  and sailed a straight course 45  to Samothrace, 46  the next day to Neapolis, 47  16:12 and from there to Philippi, 48  which is a leading city of that district 49  of Macedonia, 50  a Roman colony. 51  We stayed in this city for some days. 16:13 On the Sabbath day we went outside the city gate to the side of the river, where we thought there would be a place of prayer, and we sat down 52  and began to speak 53  to the women 54  who had assembled there. 55  16:14 A 56  woman named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth 57  from the city of Thyatira, 58  a God-fearing woman, listened to us. 59  The Lord opened her heart to respond 60  to what Paul was saying. 16:15 After she and her household were baptized, she urged us, 61  “If 62  you consider me to be a believer in the Lord, 63  come and stay in my house.” And she persuaded 64  us.

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