Read Acts 16:22-34. This week in Tree House we heard the story of Paul and Silas in jail.

The Bible tells us that while in prison, Paul and Silas prayed and sang praises to God. Paul and Silas knew God was with them and that God was powerful enough to save them. The other prisoners were listening to them, hearing them sing praise to God. As they were singing, there was a great earthquake. It shook the prison from top to bottom. God made all of the doors come open and everyone’s chains fell off!

The prison guard woke up and saw the doors open; he thought Paul and Silas had escaped, but they were still there. He fell down and asked them, “What must I do to be saved?” Paul and Silas told the guard, “Believe in the Lord Jesus. Then you and your family will be saved.”

Paul and Silas told the guard and his whole family all about Jesus and they believed in Jesus and were baptized. The guard’s life was changed. He became kind to Paul and Silas and washed their wounds and gave them something to eat.

God changed the guard’s heart and life. God can change our lives, too, when we believe in Jesus and ask Him to forgive us.

Hang your child’s verse strip chain up to be a reminder of this week’s Bible lesson and how God used Paul and Silas’ lives so that the jailer came to know who God was and his and his family’s lives were changed. Read the verse aloud together: Psalm 120:1, “I call out to the Lord when I’m in trouble and He answers me.” Remind your child that even when Paul and Silas were in jail they praised God and spoke the Good News about Jesus!

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