Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Come and Stay

No audio. Notes only this time:

Psalm 67, John 1.43-51, Acts 16.9-15 (focus, along with Acts 9.16-34)
May 12, 2013 (Mother's Day)

On mission – seeking those seeking God
on the Sabbath to the river
Place of prayer vs Synagogue (10 men required, "women gathered")

On mission – faithfulness and the work of God
"The Lord opened her heart to listen eagerly" (16.14)

On community:
The 3 representative converts of the church in Philippi:
Lydia – Asian, interested in Judaism ("worshiper of God" 16.14), wealthy businesswoman
Slave girl – Greek (or foreigner), extreme poverty
Jailer – Roman official, middle level bureaucrat

Their 3 motivations for seeking Jesus:
Lydia – "intellectual" (listening, curious)
Slave girl – "psychological" (not able to be her own person)
Jailer – "moral" (felt need for salvation)
(Stott, 269-270)

"The head of a Jewish household would use the same prayer every morning, giving thanks that God had not made him a Gentile, a woman, or a slave" (Stott, 269).

Paul was Jewish – yet God used him to gather this particular group of people. Expansion of the mission by inclusion of persons we would prefer to exclude (reprise of theme of Acts 10-11, Peter & Cornelius).

On holiness in community and mission:
Abba Macarius and the holy women (Western Asceticism)
Welcome (Hospitality) and Reconciliation
key practices for Bethany’s growth (Mountain Top question)

Resources:John Stott. 1990. The Spirit, the Church and the World: The Message of Acts. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

Western Asceticism

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