Jesus takes the Gospel into Europe(Acts 16:6-15)
Rev John de Jongh, November 24, 2013 Sunday Evening
The book of Acts is the story of the ascended Jesus taking the gospel from Jerusalem, into the surrounding country, and to the ends of the earth, by his Holy Spirit, through his church.
This passage is especially significant for many of us. This was when Jesus took the gospel, for the very first time, into Europe. Lydia is the first European recorded to have ever accepted the gospel.
And for 2000 years now, the gospel has ebbed and flowed in Europe to one degree or another; and gone out from there especially to Nth America and Australia.
Now in our day, Jesus is especially taking it into the Middle East, Asia, Africa and Sth America.
6 And they went through the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia. 7 And when they had come up to Mysia, they attempted to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them. 8 So, passing by Mysia, they went down to Troas. 9 And a vision appeared to Paul in the night: a man of Macedonia was standing there, urging him and saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” 10 And when Paul had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go on into Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them.
11 So, setting sail from Troas, we made a direct voyage to Samothrace, and the following day to Neapolis, 12 and from there to Philippi, which is a leading city of the district of Macedonia and a Roman colony. We remained in this city some days. 13 And on the Sabbath day we went outside the gate to the riverside, where we supposed there was a place of prayer, and we sat down and spoke to the women who had come together. 14 One who heard us was a woman named Lydia, from the city of Thyatira, a seller of purple goods, who was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to pay attention to what was said by Paul. 15 And after she was baptized, and her household as well, she urged us, saying, “If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come to my house and stay.” And she prevailed upon us. (ESV)