We live in a very different time from the time of the Bible. One of the more significant areas of difference has to do with women and the opportunities they now have. With that in mind, when we do have a woman presented—especially in positive terms and with her name in the text—we should pay extra close attention. To that end, this week, the group wants to take a close look at a woman of real significance in the early church of the New Testament. Her name is Lydia, and her story is found in Acts 16.
A lot has changed since the days of the Bible—especially when it comes to how women function in society. In this chapter, you’ll be introduced to a significant woman in the early church named Lydia and learn how this “woman of influence” helped further the cause of Christ.
There are many women mentioned in Scripture, but only one is described as a “Worshipper of God.” Do you know who it is? In this chapter, you’ll learn about Lydia and consider how God perfectly prepared and positioned this woman to receive the message of Christ.
The gospel is too great of a message to keep to ourselves. God calls us to boldly share it with others! In this chapter, you’ll hear how Lydia used her resources and influence to bring her family and community to Christ.
Do you have the gift of hospitality? It’s an important and often overlooked spiritual gift. In this chapter, you’ll see how an important woman in the early church used hospitality to bring others to faith in Christ.
When we study the Bible, we often focus on the figureheads of the faith and forget about the other people who made a difference—people like Lydia! In this chapter, you’ll hear one final conversation about this remarkable woman and her impact on the early church.