First Fruits of Europe

  The city of Philippi is in Macedonia, a Roman colony. It is on the continent of Europe. Until Paul and his companions took the gospel there those living in Europe has never heard the saving truth of Christ. The first converts were women led by one named Lydia and those of her household. While giving recognition of the Sabbath day in a Gentile city where there was no synagogue, she and her friends met by a river. It was there that Paul and others preached God's truth to them and they attended to the things they were taught.

  Lydia and the others exhibited outstanding qualities of nobility in many ways but to her and her associates lies the distinction of being the first people converted to Christ in Europe. Read about it in Acts 16.