Influence	  in	  and	  through	  the	  Workplace	  Acts	  16:	  11-­‐24	  	  As	  People	  of	  Simplicity	  
Three	  Diaspora	  People	  	  
The	  Colonia	  of	  Philippi	  12	  From	  there	  we	  travelled	  to	  Philippi,	  a	  Roman	  colony	  and	  the	  lea...
Philippi’s	  Social	  Makeup	  15,000	   Romans	   Greeks	   Slaves	  Roman	  Elite	   3%	  -­‐	  450	   0%	   7%	  -­‐	  ...
Philippi’s	  Spiritual	  Makeup	  •  Honour,	  status	  and	  power	  clearly	  defined	  •  Royalty,	  priesthood,	  luxur...
The	  Purple	  Lady	  14	  One	  of	  those	  listening	  was	  a	  woman	  from	  the	  city	  of	  Thya[ra	  named	  Lyd...
Lydia	  •  1st	  European	  Chris[an	  •  Woman	  of	  influence	  •  Host	  and	  patron	  
Lydia	  •  1st	  European	  Chris[an	  •  Woman	  of	  influence	  •  Host	  and	  patron	  •  GLF	  leader	  
The	  slave-­‐girl	  prophetess	  •  Possessed	  by	  “python	  spirit”	  •  Possession	  of	  her	  owners	  •  Profit	  f...
Outside	  the	  City	  Gate	  13	  On	  the	  Sabbath	  we	  went	  outside	  the	  city	  gate	  to	  the	  river,	  wher...
The	  LORD	  opened	  Lydia’s	  heart	  •  What	  did	  she	  and	  Paul	  talk	  about?	  •  Life?	  •  Business?	  •  De...
The	  Purple	  Process	  1.  Rubia/madder	  plant	  from	  Thya?ra?	  2.  Kermes-­‐oak	  insect?	  3.  Murex	  from	  Tyre...
Lydia	  –	  the	  Purple	  Lady	  •  Passionate	  for	  her	  product	  •  Passionate	  for	  people	  •  Passionate	  for...
People	  of	  Influence	  •  Ac[vists	  •  Connected	  •  Impact	  •  Ac[ve	  minds	  •  Trendseeers	  
©	  Richard	  Ascough	  2009	  Networks	  of	  Influence	  
“The	  Highest	  God”	  •  17	  She	  followed	  Paul	  and	  the	  rest	  of	  us,	  shou[ng,	  “These	  men	  are	  serv...
Mission	  and	  business?	  	  •  18	  ..,	  “In	  the	  name	  of	  Jesus	  Christ	  I	  command	  you	  to	  come	  out	...
Advoca[ng	  unlawful	  customs	  •  20	  “These	  men	  are	  Jews,	  and	  are	  throwing	  our	  city	  into	  an	  upro...
Stocks	  and	  Snares	  •  23	  Aier	  they	  had	  been	  severely	  flogged,	  they	  were	  thrown	  into	  prison,	  an...
Work,	  Witness	  and	  Worship	  • God’s	  work	  • Paul’s	  work	  • Lydia’s	  work	  • The	  prophetess	  • Our	  work	  
What	  is	  Mission?	  •  Our	  commieed	  par[cipa[on	  •  as	  God’s	  people,	  	  •  at	  God’s	  invita[on	  and	  co...
Influence	  in	  and	  through	  the	  workplace	  •  God	  uses	  us	  •  In	  the	  workplace	  •  To	  transform	  the	 ...
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Acts 16

  1. 1. Influence  in  and  through  the  Workplace  Acts  16:  11-­‐24    As  People  of  Simplicity  
  2. 2. Three  Diaspora  People    
  3. 3. The  Colonia  of  Philippi  12  From  there  we  travelled  to  Philippi,  a  Roman  colony  and  the  leading  city  of  that  district  of  Macedonia.  And  we  stayed  there  several  days.  
  4. 4. Philippi’s  Social  Makeup  15,000   Romans   Greeks   Slaves  Roman  Elite   3%  -­‐  450   0%   7%  -­‐  1050  Peasant  Colonists  10%   10%   5%  Service  Groups  9%   28%  -­‐    Lydia  8%  -­‐  Prophetess  Poor   6%   14%   0%  Total   28%  (4,200)   52%  (7,800)  20%  (3,000)  
  5. 5. Philippi’s  Spiritual  Makeup  •  Honour,  status  and  power  clearly  defined  •  Royalty,  priesthood,  luxury  and  power  all  linked  •  Worship  is  personal,  domes[c,    public  and  poli[cal  
  6. 6. The  Purple  Lady  14  One  of  those  listening  was  a  woman  from  the  city  of  Thya[ra  named  Lydia,  a  dealer  in  purple  cloth.  She  was  a  worshipper  of  God.  The  Lord  (kurios)  opened  her  heart  to  respond  to  Paul’s  message.  
  7. 7. Lydia  •  1st  European  Chris[an  •  Woman  of  influence  •  Host  and  patron  
  8. 8. Lydia  •  1st  European  Chris[an  •  Woman  of  influence  •  Host  and  patron  •  GLF  leader  
  9. 9. The  slave-­‐girl  prophetess  •  Possessed  by  “python  spirit”  •  Possession  of  her  owners  •  Profit  from  false  prophecy  •  Proclaims  distorted  truth  •  Power  encounter  produces  opposi[on  
  10. 10. Outside  the  City  Gate  13  On  the  Sabbath  we  went  outside  the  city  gate  to  the  river,  where  we  expected  to  find  a  place  of  prayer.  We  sat  down  and  began  to  speak  to  the  women  who  had  gathered  there.    
  11. 11. The  LORD  opened  Lydia’s  heart  •  What  did  she  and  Paul  talk  about?  •  Life?  •  Business?  •  Devo[on  to  God?  •  Knowing  Jesus?  
  12. 12. The  Purple  Process  1.  Rubia/madder  plant  from  Thya?ra?  2.  Kermes-­‐oak  insect?  3.  Murex  from  Tyre?  –  Murex  shells  crushed  –  Excreted  fluids  processed  –  Dye  made  –  Cloth  soaked  –  Stench  and  stains  –  Togas  for  Royalty  –  Picture  of  Christ?  
  13. 13. Lydia  –  the  Purple  Lady  •  Passionate  for  her  product  •  Passionate  for  people  •  Passionate  for  God  
  14. 14. People  of  Influence  •  Ac[vists  •  Connected  •  Impact  •  Ac[ve  minds  •  Trendseeers  
  15. 15. ©  Richard  Ascough  2009  Networks  of  Influence  
  16. 16. “The  Highest  God”  •  17  She  followed  Paul  and  the  rest  of  us,  shou[ng,  “These  men  are  servants  of  the  Most  High  God,  who  are  telling  you  the  way  to  be  saved.”    •  tou  theou  tou  hupsistou  •  ‘odon  soterias  
  17. 17. Mission  and  business?    •  18  ..,  “In  the  name  of  Jesus  Christ  I  command  you  to  come  out  of  her!”  At  that  moment  the  spirit  lei  her.  19  When  her  owners  realised  that  their  hope  of  making  money  (ergasia)  was  gone,..  The  quadruple  boJom  line:  spiritual,  economical,  social  and  environmental  transforma?on.  
  18. 18. Advoca[ng  unlawful  customs  •  20  “These  men  are  Jews,  and  are  throwing  our  city  into  an  uproar  (21)  by  advoca[ng  customs  unlawful  for  us  Romans  to  accept  or  prac[ce.”    
  19. 19. Stocks  and  Snares  •  23  Aier  they  had  been  severely  flogged,  they  were  thrown  into  prison,  and  the  jailer  was  commanded  to  guard  them  carefully.  24  When  he  received  these  orders,  he  put  them  in  the  inner  cell  and  fastened  their  feet  in  the  stocks.     ©  Henry  Mar[n.  Free  use  for  ministry  purposes.  
  20. 20. Work,  Witness  and  Worship  • God’s  work  • Paul’s  work  • Lydia’s  work  • The  prophetess  • Our  work  
  21. 21. What  is  Mission?  •  Our  commieed  par[cipa[on  •  as  God’s  people,    •  at  God’s  invita[on  and  command,    •  in  God’s  own  mission    •  within  the  history  of  God’s  world  for  the  redemp[on  of  God’s  crea[on.    •  Christopher  J.  H.    Wright,  The  Mission  of  God:  Unlocking  the  Bibles  Grand  Narra?ve  (Downer’s  Wood:  IVP,  2006),  23.    
  22. 22. Influence  in  and  through  the  workplace  •  God  uses  us  •  In  the  workplace  •  To  transform  the  workplace  •  The  whole  world  is  His  workplace  •  Our  mission  is  to  be  His  co-­‐workers  

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