In “preaching study” posts, I share study & reflection as I prepare the Sunday message . I welcome interaction in this process, so feel free to share your thoughts. All Scripture quotes are from the NRSV unless otherwise noted. Thanks!
I’m preaching our evening contemporary worship on May 13 (5:30pm). The last evening contemporary worship will be the following Sunday, May 20, because we are beginning a contemporary worship service on Sunday mornings (in addition to our 2 traditional services) on September 9. The time off will allow us to plan and prepare for the launch of the new Sunday morning service.
So, this will be my last evening service to preach.
Here’s a rough outline of the passage:
v9-10 – Macedonian Call
— v9 – Call in Paul’s Vision
— v10 – Response of Obedience
v11-25 – Lydia’s Conversion
— v11-12 – Travel Time
— v13-15 – Lydia
—- v13 – Ministry Strategy (time, place, activity, person/s)
—- v14 – Lydia’s receptivity
—- v15 – Lydia’s hospitality
This passage is about being responsive to the activity of God in one’s midst: Paul and his associates following the vision of the Macedonian pleading for their help, Lydia listening eagerly to the gospel of Christ in order to truly know the God she worshipped, Paul and his friends receiving the hospitality of Lydia.
Rich stuff to dig into. I’ll offer more over the next week.