SCRIPTURE READING: Acts 16:11-15
SITUATION: Paul, Luke and those traveling with them arrived in Philippi after sailing from Troas, Samothrace, and Neapolis. They stayed in Philippi for several days.
- Where did they go on the Sabbath and whom did they meet? (verse 13)
- Who heard them? (verse 14)
- What do we learn about Lydia? (verse 14)
- What did the Lord do for Lydia? (verse 14)
- What was Lydia’s response to what she heard? Who else responded in the same way? (verse 15)
- What did Lydia persuade Paul and the others to do? (verse 15)
Lydia was a seller of purple and a Gentile who worshipped God. She was from Thyatira, a place in Asia Minor, a colony of Macedonia Greeks, situated between Sardis and Pergamos on the river Lycus. Its inhabitants made their living by traffic and the art of dyeing fabric in purple. Paul met her in Philippi. She was present when a group of women gathered at the riverside on the Sabbath for a prayer meeting. Lydia believed in the God of Abraham and worshipped Him but she did not know of His Son, Jesus Christ. God opened her heart to hear and understand Paul’s message of grace which he was called to share with the Gentiles. In response to the Gospel, Lydia was baptized along with her household. It is very likely that when Lydia returned to Thyatira, she helped to form the church there.
- How is Lydia’s story similar to that of Cornelius? See Acts 16:14 and Acts 10:2.
- How does Lydia’s story prove what Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 3:5, 6? See Acts 16:14b; Acts 14:27). How do these scriptures remind us how important it is to be humble when it comes to witnessing to others?
- How does Lydia’s story show that it is God’s desire that everyone should come to faith in His Son, Jesus? Why it is important that those who are believers of the Father must also come to be believers of His Son? See John 3:18.