Dollars, Demas, Dorcas
Love Jesus not the World
Acts 9 (New International Version)
36 In Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha (which, when translated, is Dorcas[b]), who was always doing good and helping the poor.37About that time she became sick and died, and her body was washed and placed in an upstairs room.38Lydda was near Joppa; so when the disciples heard that Peter was in Lydda, they sent two men to him and urged him, “Please come at once!”
39 Peter went with them, and when he arrived he was taken upstairs to the room. All the widows stood around him, crying and showing him the robes and other clothing that Dorcas had made while she was still with them.
40 Peter sent them all out of the room; then he got down on his knees and prayed. Turning toward the dead woman, he said, “Tabitha, get up.” She opened her eyes, and seeing Peter she sat up. 41He took her by the hand and helped her to her feet. Then he called the believers and the widows and presented her to them alive. 42This became known all over Joppa, and many people believed in the Lord. 43Peter stayed in Joppa for some time with a tanner named Simon.
1. Is it important to mention all the good works that Dorcas did? Why did the author mention her deeds?
2. Why did Peter raise her from the dead?
2 Timothy 4:9-11
9 Do your best to come to me quickly,10for Demas, because he loved this world, has deserted me and has gone to Thessalonica. Crescens has gone to Galatia, and Titus to Dalmatia.11Only Luke is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, because he is helpful to me in my ministry.
1. Who is Demas and why is he important? (Philemon 1:24)
2. Jesus loved the world too (John 3:16), so what’s wrong with Demas?
• heralded from a family that clained Julius Ceasar as their own- pagans and Roman
• when her husband died she went into depression and awoke as a recommitted Christian
• she felt defrauded when the poor received charity oth than hers
• when asked what her children’s inheritance would be, she said, “The mercy of God!”
• one of the earliest surviving writings from a female- circa 200ad
• weaned her baby while in jail with her dad pleading her to renounce Christ
• died a bloody death in the coliseum
1. Women have been famous for often being the most generous givers to the church
2. Don’t get bitter at the church and don’t be afraid. God will use his church. Trust that he will make the change.
3. When you look at advertising for women today, what does the culture say women should be? What is God’s intention for women?