Sermonette: Lydia

The Proverbs 31 Woman of the New Testament

Given 24-Oct-20; 15 minutes

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Ted Bowling, focusing on a woman known for her hospitality (Acts 16:13-16), reveals that she was evidently a wealthy woman, probably a widow, who used her business acumen to trade in costly royal or imperial purple dye extracted from the glands of shellfish. She had a large house with children and servants, capable of hosting a sizable congregation. There were no synagogues Nevertheless, she approached Paul with utmost humility, inviting him and his entourage to stay at her house if he found her faithful. Lydia abandoned her pagan upbringing , becoming the very first convert in Europe. Combining her intense work ethic and her faithfulness to Almighty God, Lydia could serve as the exemplification of the Proverbs 31 woman ( especially verses 22-24)