A Woman, a Slave and a Gentile – Gospel in Life

A Woman, a Slave and a Gentile

Tim Keller |  November 9, 2003

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  • Doctrine
Acts 16:13-34
RS 171-10

Acts 16:13–34

Just like today, the early days of Christianity were not easy. People didn’t understand or accept it. But the book of Acts shows us that the message of Jesus is for everyone, whether they are religious, struggling, or not really interested in God at all. These stories help us understand what it means to be a Christian and how to become one.

1. Lydia

Lydia was a successful businesswoman who was also religious. She learned about Jesus not through miracles or visions, but through reasoning and understanding. She discovered that being a Christian is not about following rules to get blessings, but about knowing God’s love and responding to it. This is an important lesson for religious people who might think they have to earn God’s love or feel guilty when they don’t live up to their own standards.

2. The slave girl

The slave girl’s story is different from Lydia’s. She was poor and oppressed, but the message of Jesus reached her too. It freed her from her spiritual and social chains. This shows us that the gospel is not just about personal change, but also about changing society. A church that truly follows Jesus will care about both.

3. The jailer

The jailer didn’t seem to care much about spiritual things, but he was changed by the faith and kindness of the Christians he met. His story shows us that the message of Jesus is for everyone, no matter their background. It also reminds us that becoming a Christian involves a personal transformation, where we seek Jesus and learn to pray.



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