June 26, 2018
Rev. Sarah TevisTownes
This week’s topic is “Be the Church: Share earthly and spiritual resources,” and we’re reading a text that captures the heart of what made the early church work: hospitality. The text comes from Acts 16:11-15, a story of conversion and compassion.
The text describes Paul, Timothy, and Silas sitting outside the city gates on the Sabbath, talking with a group of women about God. One of them is a wealthy woman named Lydia, a trader of purple cloth. Paul shares the Good News with her, and she, in turn, insists that he and his companions join her at her home for dinner. Paul shares the Word, Lydia shares her home, and together, they share faith. It is a short text, but there is a lot written between the lines! How will this text inspire us to “be the church”? I look forward to exploring that question with you next week!
Bible Study Scripture
Acts 16: 11- 15
New Revised Standard Version
11 We set sail from Troas and took a straight course to Samothrace, the following day to Neapolis, 12 and from there to Philippi, which is a leading city of the district of Macedonia and a Roman colony. We remained in this city for some days. 13 On the sabbath day we went outside the gate by the river, where we supposed there was a place of prayer; and we sat down and spoke to the women who had gathered there. 14 A certain woman named Lydia, a worshiper of God, was listening to us; she was from the city of Thyatira and a dealer in purple cloth. God opened her heart to listen eagerly to what was said by Paul. 15 When she and her household were baptized, she urged us, saying, “If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come and stay at my home.” And she prevailed upon us.