Podcast #89: “The River” by Jordan Feliz

Discovering What Happened by the River in Acts 16

Are you setting yourself up to experience God on a regular basis with other believers? This is what I got out of exploring a brief story in Acts 16 this week, inspired by the song “The River” by Jordan Feliz.

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Like Lydia, down by the river in Acts 16, I pray that you will have an open heart to the life-changing truth of God’s Word.

On this episode I discuss:

  • Some of the places in Scripture we could explore as it relates to “river”
    • John 7 mentions rivers of living water flowing from within believers (this was the inspiration for Jordan Feliz, by the way)
    • Psalm 46 speaks of a river whose streams make glad the city of God
    • Revelation 22 talks about a river of water of life flowing from the throne of God
  • Why I was drawn to Acts 16
  • Background of Acts 16 and the city of Philippi
  • The story of Lydia and what we can learn from her
    • She made it her practice to gather with other believers
    • She had an open heart to the truth of God’s Word and the gospel message
    • She invited other believers to “do life” with her

 

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If you have never heard this song before, you can watch the official lyric video on YouTube below.

Additional Resources

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This Week’s Challenge

Read all of Acts 16 and then go read Paul’s letter to the Philippians. Why? Because everyone you meet in Acts 16 are “founding members” of the church at Philippi, to whom Paul is writing in Philippians. It will change your perspective to read it once you have studied the characters in Acts 16.

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  • Julie

    Hey Michelle!!! Linking this song to Acts 16:13 is incredible because both Lydia and Paul were changed from going down to the river. It is easy as a believer to understand and even relate to the change in Lydia, but I think Paul had to be changed too. He saw how his faith in God’s direction (to go down to the river to seek those in prayer because there was no synagogue) made a difference not in just one life, but the lives of many whom Lydia influenced. Thanks again for an awesome listen and for talking about the importance of the guardrails in our lives.

    • Julie, I agree! I think the healthy practices of everyone involved perfectly positioned them for life change. I skimmed the idea that it changed Paul, too, on the podcast, but in my personal experience it is exhilarating to be around new believers. It never gets old. It probably gave him the strength to endure what he did during his time in Philippi.