Do not Do; Believe! (Acts 16:23-34)

Pastor Aaron Ude, April 24, 2016
Part of the Sunday Sermons series, preached at a Sunday Morning service

You have probably heard it said that they aren’t any stupid questions. That is just plain wrong, there are lots of stupid questions! Awhile back I was experimenting with different granola recipes, trying to get the calories down while still liking it. I was brainstorming with Meghan about it and I wondered if there was crisped rice that I could buy. She laughed like I was joking but when she saw that I was serious she laughed even harder and said there are, they are called rice krispies. My question was a stupid question.
Meghan once had a friend who was trying to find a place to park her car and found a spot, but it had a sign over it saying, “no semi parking”. She stared at that sign for a long time and asked, “how can you half park”? That was a stupid question.
Lots of questions are stupid questions. The thing is, if you don’t know the answer, it is not stupid to ask stupid questions. The jailer in our text asks a really stupid question, but it was the smartest thing he ever asked. “What must I do to be saved?” (rest of sermon is found on sermon page)

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Acts 16:23-34

23And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast them into prison, charging the jailor to keep them safely: 24Who, having received such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks. 25And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them. 26And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one's bands were loosed. 27And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his sword, and would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had been fled. 28But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm: for we are all here. 29Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas, 30And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? 31And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. 32And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house. 33And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway. 34And when he had brought them into his house, he set meat before them, and rejoiced, believing in God with all his house. (KJV)

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