God's Miraculous Midnight Rescue in Philippi

Aug 6, 2000
Pastor Wayne C Eichstadt
Hymns: 744; 377(1,6-10); 307/315; 313(1,3)
Pre-Service Prayer:

Lord God, thank You for Your great rescue of us sinners—undeserving though we be. Thank You for equipping us to have a Gospel centered Vacation Bible School last week. Work in the hearts of all the children so that their love for You grows and remains firm throughout their lives. Be with each one of us today as we worship—come to us and bless us. Amen.

Pre-Service Devotion: 

Psalm 40

First Reading: 

Genesis 28:10-22

Jacob was running for his life! He was leaving his father and mother behind while fleeing an angry brother and going to a strange place to find relatives he didn’t know. There was much to lead Jacob to fear. God chased away fear by promising to protect Jacob and bring him safely back to Canaan. God Who has rescued us from sin also protects us from danger.

Second Reading: 

Acts 16:6-24

God sent Paul a vision of a Macedonian man saying, “Come and help us.” Paul and his fellow missionaries’ first stop in Macedonia was Philippi, where they preached the Gospel with success. Paul’s cleansing of a demon-possessed girl led to his and Silas’ imprisonment, but even that was part of God’s plan of rescue in Philippi.