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 Laying the Foundations of Faith

 Acts 16:14-15



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After Christina Onassis died at 38 her stepsister Henrietta Gelber said, "She lacked a sense of achievement, what she was striving for was just to be a normal human being with normal family relationships, which was virtually impossible in her situation.  She had houses all over the world, but she never really had a home." (http://www.freshministry.org/illustrations.html)

 Sixteen years have past and I still feel bad for Christina.  All the riches she acquired in life are hollow substitutes.  She lived in beautiful houses but never had a home.

 During Paul's second Missionary journey we meet a businesswoman who had more than a house, she had a home. Acts 16:14-15 says "And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, which worshipped God, heard us: whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul. [15] And when she was baptized, and her household, she besought us, saying, If ye have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house, and abide there. And she constrained us." (KJV)

 There are a few things I want you to notice about her home.  First, notice that her house was a place of Worship.  Acts 16:14a says "And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, which worshipped God." (KJV)

 While it is true that all that we do during this service should be worship, it is also true that this isn't the only place where we worship God.

 Tyler Burkum, lead guitarist for Audio Adrenaline says, "the worship movement has been huge all over the world, but it shouldn't stop in our church. Let's go into this world and worship with our lives." 

 The group created an umbrella group of 15 Christian mission organizations to encourage their listeners to reach out to their friends and neighbors. Burkum describes the Go Foundation as an organization that pairs Christians with ministry organizations that can use their talents. Burkum says, "God uses talents to interest people." He says the Lord uses his talent on the guitar most. 

 Burkum says, "You don't have to walk onto a bus and hand out flyers to worship God. You don't need to go to church and play a guitar. You don't need to take a Bible and thump them on the head to tell someone about God. You don't need to be passive either. You can be totally on fire and use your life as an example." (http://www.freshministry.org/illustrations.html)

 I believe AA's strategy is a valid one because it is built on the premise that worship isn't confined to an event or a building.  An attitude of worship also consumes believers who open up everyday activities to the presence of God in their lives. 

 Not only was Lydia's house filled with worship, but it was also full of hospitality.  Acts 16:15b says, "she besought us, saying, If ye have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house, and abide there. And she constrained us." 

 Someone has said, "Poetry is love illustrated, hospitality is love demonstrated."

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