Week NINE -- July 24-30
24 “No one can be a slave of two masters, since either he will hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot be slaves of God and of money.
Overview - SAMARIA
Overview: In this section of Acts, we see that it is the Holy Spirit alone who directs the apostle, Paul. The Holy Spirit forbids him to preach in Asia (the province), and doesn’t allow him to go into Bithynia. Paul receives a vision. He and Silas head farther West to Macedonia to preach the gospel message in the Gentile European regions.
Lydia, a woman who sold purple fabric, became the first convert along with her entire household. As the gospel expands through the ministry of Paul, there is specific direction as to where the Holy Spirit wants the gospel to go.
The gospel exploded in Thessalonica, Berea, Corinth, and Ephesus. Paul preached to the Greek philosophers on Mars Hill and next set out on his third missionary journey. “In this way the Lord's message flourished and prevailed.” (Acts 19:20).
Read Acts 16:16-34
What do you learn about God (Father, Son, Holy Spirit)? How is He described?
What do you learn about man? How do people act or respond in the passage?
In a sentence or two summarize what you have learned from this passage.
Where are you in the story? Ask yourself these questions: Is there an example to follow, sin to avoid, command to obey or promise to claim?
How does this passage help you pray and live in obedience today?
Reflect on this week's study:
- What is one passage or principle that stood out to you? Why?
- How did your time in the word this week challenge you?
- What is one step of obedience you want to carry with you from this point forward?