The Book of Acts chronicles the history of the early Church. From the time of the resurrection and ascension of Jesus, through Pentecost and the conversion of a zealous Pharisee named Saul, Dr. Luke continued to record how the gospel was being spread, largely because of persecution. Saul/Paul was selected to become the missionary to the Gentiles, those who were not Jewish, which expanded the gospel to the known world. Paul took three missionary journeys sharing God’s love and establishing churches. Our New Testament Lesson this morning takes place while Paul and Silas were on the second missionary journey. Paul wanted to visit those new converts to Christianity and see how they were doing. Paul, Silas, Luke, and Timothy encountered some Jewish women who were worshiping God near a river in Philippi. Paul told them about Jesus; a specific woman named Lydia was singled out as a seller of purple, meaning that she was a person of means. Lydia and her husband were baptized. They created such a strong, quick relationship that the four missionaries were invited to stay with them in Philippi.