Read: Acts 16:1-15
1) Why was Timothy circumcised even though it is not a requirement for Christians to do so?
a. Because it was the cool thing to do
b. His parents made him
c. To avoid argument with Jewish believers
d. He was forced at knife point
2) God has a purpose in all He does and all He chooses not to do. Paul wanted to go to Asia and Bithynia but the Holy Spirit had other plans and instead directed him to go to Macedonia. How has the Holy Spirit directed you to go in a way contrary to your will? Has this made you bitter?
3) How did Lydia come to know Jesus? Was it a result of her seeking or was God seeking her? How did God pursue you before you became a believer and how does He continue to pursue you?
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.” 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.
Acts 15:9-10 (ESV)