Lydia, Worshipper of God
By Scarlett Stough
To Prepare for this study, please read
the Women in Christ Commentary, Lydia,
Worshipper of God and Acts 16:6-40
Part I Lydia's Example
1. Acts 16:6-12 What were the circumstances that brought Paul to Philippi? Why was he there?
2. Acts 16:13 Where did Paul go to begin preaching the gospel? Why were these people gathering at this location? What, in your opinion, was unusual about this gathering?
3. Acts 16:14 What personal information do you discover about Lydia? What facts about Lydia indicate her nationality and ethnicity?
4. What do you think is the significance of the statement: “The Lord opened her heart to respond to Paul's message.”
5. Acts 16:15 How did Lydia and her household respond to God's call? (Her household could have included family members, slaves, and employees of her business.)
6. Acts 16:16 Where was Paul going when he was followed by the slave girl? Why do you think he was going there? (See also Acts 17:2)
7. Acts 16:17-39 What was the chain of circumstances that brought about the salvation of the second family in Philippi?
8. Acts 16:40 What occurred at Lydia's house before Paul and Silas left Philippi?
9. Philippians 1:1-11; 4:2-3, 14-21 (Approximately ten years later, Paul wrote a letter to the congregation in Philippi.) What do you discern about the growth of this congregation that began with Lydia and her household and the jailer's family? (For a commentary and a Bible Study Guide on Philippians, see the past issue August, 2002 Vol. I Issue 8)
10. What have you learned from this passage
of Scripture about how God calls people to belief in Jesus? What example
do you see to follow in Lydia's response to God's calling? What are the
benefits of meeting with other believers to worship God?
Part II Sacred Assembly
1. Leviticus 23:1-3 What provision did God make for the people of Israel so they could rest and have time to worship him?
2. Exodus 20:8-11; Deuteronomy 5:12-15 What two attributes of God are memorialized in the Sabbath? Do you think that this is relevant for Christians? If so, in what way?
3. Genesis 2:1-3 When and how did God set an example for mankind?
4. Exodus 16:11-36; Jeremiah 17:19-27 How did God impress the importance of rest and worship on the people of Israel and Judah?
5. Isaiah 56:1-8; 58:13-14 What promises do you find in these passages associated with regular assembly for rest and worship?
6. Deuteronomy 6:17-25; Mark 2:23-28 Why did God give Israel instructions about their conduct and worship? How is this relevant to Christian living?
7. Matthew 12:1-2, 14 Why do you think Jesus was accused of “doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath?” Were they correct? Why or why not?
8. Matthew 12:3-13; 11:25-30 What concept about Sabbath observance is Jesus teaching in this encounter? (See Matthew 5:17-21 Jesus upheld his Father's commands, but spoke against teachings that contradicted Scripture. Reference: Zondervan NIV Study Bible note.)
9. Luke 4:14-16, 31-32, 42-44; 6:6-10 What examples do you see to follow in Jesus?
10. Hebrews 4:1-12 What meaning does the
Sabbath rest have for Christians?
Part III Spur One Another On
1. Hebrews 10:19-25 Why should Christians continue to meet together?
2. Ephesians 4:1-16 What does God intend for the Christian community to do for the individual Christian?
3. I Corinthians 14:12, 26 What does God intend for the individual Christian to do for the Christian community?
4. I Corinthians 13; 14:1-3; John 13:34-35 What is the primary characteristic that God wants to be manifest in Christian assembly? In what practical ways - individually and corporately - can each Christian and group of Christians be obedient to this instruction?
5. Acts 4:23-35; Acts 2:41-47 What example do you see to follow in the fellowship of the early church?
6. Ephesians 1:3-23; 2:10, 21-22; 3:14-21 How can assembling together produce “the fullness of God” among Christians?
7. I Corinthians 12:12-31; 13:1-13 How
is unity produced among Christians? Can this be accomplished when assembly