Seizing an Opportunity

SERMON NOTES  
Women in the Bible
Rev. Dr. Jim Toole
Acts 16: 11-15

“Seizing an Opportunity”

Since I was a child I have been fascinated by all the stories in the Bible but even more than just the stories, I love the different characters in the Bible. All the great heroes were flawed people. I guess that has always given me hope. But I also love the smaller characters in scripture as well, not necessarily heroes but folks who had a significant role. Many of these characters were women.

Today, I want to talk to you about a woman entrepreneur by the name of Lydia who became a tremendous catalyst for Paul’s Church Plant in Philippi.

What do we learn from this short story of Lydia?

First, God can use us no matter how experienced we are in faith.

God can use us no matter how experienced we are in faith, but it takes paying attention to the tugs at our heart.

Second, we might just be the fulfillment of someone else’s prayer or vision.

You could be the answer to someone else’s prayer but it takes paying attention to the tugs at our heart.

Carpe Diem – “Seize the Day”

Carpe Opportunitatem – “Seize the Opportunity”

Lydia was an entrepreneur economically and spiritually.
Lydia knew how to seize on an opportunity. I imagine she was quite successful. But she also knew how to seize on a tug from God. She saw God at work and seized upon it.

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