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Philip and the Ethiopian

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Sermon shared by Gordon Curley

February 2009
Summary: Philip and the Ethiopian (PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request - email: gcurley@gcurley.info)
Denomination: Brethren
Audience: General adults
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• No one but God could have known where he was,
• Or even how receptive this man was to the good news.

• Philip had no idea that this man was the reason for his unexpected journey south.
• But because he was available, the Lord was able to bring the two together.

• Often God uses us not just because of our abilities,
• But because of our availability.

• If we are willing to be used of God, if we are serious about it,
• Then he will use us, but often in a way we are not expecting.



Quote:
“There are no accidents in the life of God’s people”.



(C). The Conversation.


(1). The helpful evangelist (vs 30 and 36):


• Philip took the initiative;
• He made the first move (Vs 29 to 30).

• I can count on one hand the rare occasions;
• Where folks taken the initiative to get saved;
• Most of the time it’s up to us (Christians) to be pro-active in sharing the faith.
• Because if we don’t then people will not be saved.


The Spirit told Philip, “Go to that chariot and stay near it.”
Then Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. “Do you understand what you are reading?” Philip asked.


• Prompted by the Holy Spirit;
• Philip approaches this high ranking official.



Philip took the initiative and he took it humbly:


• He wasn't out to impress him with his knowledge,
• He was not out to win an argument.

• He didn't even charge up to the chariot wielding answers,
• Or declaring he had the truth and the Ethiopian had better listen.



Quote: Margaret Millar who said:

“Most conversations are simply monologues delivered in the presence of a witness”.



Ill:
• Door to door visitation in Coventry & a man said to me:
• “I know you are not a Jehovah Witness because you listen!”



• Philip knew how to communicate;
• How to have a conversation with someone.

• Philip graciously asks a simple question,
• "Do you understand what you are reading?"

• He starts by asking a simple inoffensive question - and he shut up!
• He waited for an invitation, to come and share what he knew about the scriptures,

(2). The questioning enquirer (vs 31-34)


Verse 31:

“How can I,” he said, “unless someone explains it to me?”
So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.



Now notice how Philip responds:

• He doesn’t give him a list of does and don’ts,
• He does not dump a load of religious theology on him.

• Verse 35:
• Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture & told him the good news about Jesus.



Ill:
• Two drunks who were sitting against a wall slowly getting drunk;
• Sadly one of the drunks died and his
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