We saw last time how the Lord Jesus opened Lydia’s heart to believe the message Paul brought, and she was saved.
Luke records for us here the conversion of one more person, but by the end of the chapter, there is already a group of believers meeting at Lydia’s house (v40). How does the church go from one person to many?
Lydia was well-off. And she was well-connected. And we can think of Christians like that today:
- This week, Relevant Magazine featured a story about the actress playing Jasmine in the remake of Disney’s Aladdin, Naomi Scott. She’s a PK, and she’s spoken publically against the persecution of Christians.
- And many Christians are glad that Israel Folau is in the news. He doesn’t believe in the Trinity, but it’s good to see him fighting for freedom of religion anyway.
- And our Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, is a practicing Christian, the first we’ve seen in many years.
Will the message about Jesus be acceptable because prominent people believe it? Does it take one influential person to accept of the good news for many to believe?
There are four things the Gospel does as God’s Church grows:
- The Gospel Frees the Enslaved (v16-18)
- The Gospel Removes Profit for God’s Enemies (v19-24)
- The Gospel Saves from Death (v25-34)
- The Gospel is Publically Vindicated (v35-40)
Sunday 9th June 2019
- Magic tries to ___________ gods (v16).
- Why does Satan sometimes tell the truth (v17)?
- The message about Jesus challenges p____________ & p__________ (v19-24)
- Why did they pray (v25)?
- What can I sing in bad times (v25)?
- You have to ___________ the message before you can ______________ it (v30)
- People listen if they ________ us (v30)
- A ________________ proves I can’t save myself (v27, 30)
- How can I be saved (v31)?
- Paul didn’t accept release so that the gospel would be ______________ (v37).
- A question I have:
- A truth to share:
- Something to pray about:
- How I should live: