WELCOME STRANGER | Lois and Eunice – Parenting Against the Odds | Acts 14:8, 19-23, 16:1-3, 1 Timothy 1:3-7 | Ian Clarkson

WELCOME STRANGER | Lois and Eunice – Parenting Against the Odds | Acts 14:8, 19-23, 16:1-3, 1 Timothy 1:3-7 | Ian Clarkson

Ian Clarkson continues our Welcome Stranger series by looking at Lois and Eunice who can be found in Acts 14:8, Acts 14:19-23, Acts 16:1-3, 1 Timothy 1:3-7.

Lois, a Jewish woman, lived in Lystra, Turkey, which was a Roman Colony. Her daughter Eunice married a Greek who was a pagan. The son of a Jewish mother would normally have been circumcised, but Timothy was not, most likely because of his Father’s antagonism.
Lois, Eunice and Timothy were converted after Paul’s visit, and are examples of women who experienced mixed marriages, yet worked together as a big influence on Timothy and perhaps others. They area great example of parenting against the odds.
WELCOME STRANGER | Agabus – Trust in true Spiritual Gifts |  Acts 11:27-30, 21:10-12 | Ian Clarkson

WELCOME STRANGER | Agabus – Trust in true Spiritual Gifts | Acts 11:27-30, 21:10-12 | Ian Clarkson

Ian Clarkson continues our Welcome Stranger series by looking at Agabus who can be found in Acts 11:27-30 and Acts 21:10-12

Very likely an Elder in the Jerusalem Church, he is recorded in two incidents, both of which occurred outside Jerusalem – the first in Antioch and the second in Caesarea by the Sea. An early church prophet who bought the first prophetic prediction in Acts of famine (which subsequently happened) but on his say so, a huge collection was made. The second prophecy was 15 years later concerning Paul’s death, which everyone accepted as true. A man who used his Spiritual Gifts with evident credibility which built the trust of the church. How does our credibility bear up?

WELCOME STRANGER | Priscilla and Aquila | Acts 18:1-3, 18-28 | Andrew Gardner

WELCOME STRANGER | Priscilla and Aquila | Acts 18:1-3, 18-28 | Andrew Gardner

Andrew Gardner begins our Welcome Stranger series by looking at Priscilla and Aquila who can be found in Acts 18:1-3 and Acts 18:18-28.

Aquila and Priscilla met Paul in Corinth after they had fled Rome in Claudius’s persecution of the Jews, and were earning their living as tent-makers. They found Christ and a year and a half later Paul took them with him to Ephesus where the Church was established in their home. They mentored Apollos and supported Timothy when he became pastor. We consider the dynamics of this active Christian couple where, unusually for the time, Priscilla is often mentioned first, indicating her strong role in the couple’s witness and ministry behind the scenes.

“What can stand in the way of me being Baptised” | Romans 6:1-14, Acts 8:26-40 | Andrew Gardner

“What can stand in the way of me being Baptised” | Romans 6:1-14, Acts 8:26-40 | Andrew Gardner

Andrew Gardner considers a question that is asked in Acts 8:

 ‘Look, here is water. What can stand in the way of my being baptised?’