Bible Studies for Life
October 7 2018
Acts 16:6-15 (HCSB)
William Carey said “Expect great things from God and attempt great things for God.”
Carey got this idea from the Apostle Paul (Eph. 3:20-21). Paul knew the power of God working in him could help him accomplish everything that God called him to do. Paul had a passion for sharing Christ and he would have gone anywhere there were people who needed Jesus. The Lord had a plan and purpose for Paul and He provided guidance through the Holy Spirit. The closed and open doors the Lord provided ensured Paul arrived at the place where God wanted to use him. Paul knew the Lord would open a door.
This text always seems to stimulate a discussion about who the man in Paul’s vision was. Bible commentators have suggested it was Alexander the Great the guardian angel of Macedonia or Luke. We should be wary of such speculations since they have no biblical basis. The point of the Macedonian call was for Paul and his team to take the gospel farther into Europe instead of Asia.
Apparently there was no synagogue at Philippi. Paul heard about a meeting place outside the city by the river where women gathered. Paul addressed the women and one named Lydia who worshipped God was receptive to his message. She believed and was baptized. She persuaded the team to stay at her house. Her house wasn’t just a place where they stayed; it became a gathering place for the community of believers (Acts 16:40). Lydia not only allowed the church to meet in her house but also was a disciple who made disciples. She led her household to join in her commitment and baptism (Acts 16:15).
If we want to reach people for Christ we must go where they are. It’s possible we will lead people to Christ and in the process plant a church. We should follow Carey’s advice “Expect great things from God and attempt great things for God.”