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August 26 - The Life of Lilias Trotter

Prepare for Sunday morning worship using the guide below.

Adult Education

Levi Regalado will continue teaching Encounters with Christ in the youth room. This study considers the interactions that Jesus has with different individuals throughout the four gospels.

Nik Lingle and Phillip Taylor will continue teaching through the book of Revelation in the Adult 1 classroom.

John 12:20-26

20 Now among those who went up to worship at the feast were some Greeks.21 So these came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and asked him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” 22 Philip went and told Andrew; Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus. 23 And Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 24 Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.25 Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26 If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.


Since 2004, I have preached one biographical sermon per year on the life of a saint whose grace marked life has had a lasting impact on the church and/or world.  I do this for a number of reasons.  First, I think it is scriptural.  Paul reminds us in Romans that God places the saints of old before us as examples to instruct us in life and faith (15.4).  Second, I think it is beneficial as we are encouraged to see God’s grace at work in the lives of imperfect saints.  If God has in the past used others who were weak, then God can use us as well.  For this year, I want to introduce a woman of great faith perhaps unknown to many of you.  Her name is Lilias Trotter. Lilias was an English woman born in the mid 19thcentury and had been recognized by a prominent art critic for her potential to be the next renowned artist of her time.  She was a woman of incredible faith in God with a strong desire for those in the Muslim world to know Jesus.  Though single, in poor health and untrained, she chose instead of pursuing an art career in Europe to move to Algiers, the capital of Algeria and began a work that would span 40 years.  She spent the bulk of her life serving a people closed to the gospel due to Islam.  She is a testimony to us on both faithful perseverance and deep dependence in God.  

Review and Apply

To what degree do you feel burdened for those near you to know and love Jesus?  In what way ought this to increase?

How does an increasing love for the gospel encourage greater willingness to sacrifice for the gospel?

What is your daily habit of prayer for the spiritual growth of those around you?  In what ways ought this to change?

What is one feature of her life that you find challenging? encouraging?  

In her book, Parables of the Cross, she wrote, "We ourselves are saved to save, we are made to give, to let everything go if only we may more to give.  The pebble takes in the rays of light that fall on it but the diamond flashes them out again, every little facet is a means, not simply of drinking more in but giving more out." How can this be true in your life?