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Summary: This is about Phillip the Deacon and an experience he had in Act 8 with an Ethiopian.

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A Eunuch Experience

Acts 8: 26 – 39

I called this sermon, “A Eunuch Experience.” And Teresa – No, I did not misspell the word “unique.” This is what we call a play on words.

I am going to be talking about Phillip the Deacon and an encounter that happened to him.

Some quick info from Acts 6, a couple chapters prior – Jesus has gone back to heaven. The apostles were scattered to begin the preaching and teaching of Jesus. During this time, Christians were being persecuted. Phillip was one of seven who was chosen to help the Apostles in serving others in the early church. Phillip, Stephen, and five others were found to be “full of the Spirit” and thus were ordained as the first deacons of the church. And when Stephen preached, he got stoned. And I don’t mean like, he took a hit and passed it on. I mean he got killed with rocks. But Philip kept preaching. Stephen and Phillip were the first “preaching deacons” of the time.

Phillip is soon sent to the villages of Samaria to preach successful city-wide crusades. Now, this is not the Philip as in the original 12 apostles. Just another guy named Philip. But Phillip is directed away from the crowds and the city to a single individual in the desert. And this is where we start with the passage.

I want to read you a passage of scripture found in Acts.

Acts 8:26-39, “Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Go south to the road—the desert road—that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” So he started out, and on his way he met an Ethiopian eunuch, an important official in charge of all the treasury of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians. This man had gone to Jerusalem to worship, and on his way home was sitting in his chariot reading the book of Isaiah the prophet. 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. “How can I,” he said, “unless someone explains it to me?” So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. The eunuch was reading this passage of Scripture: “He was led like a sheep to the slaughter, and as a lamb before the shearer is silent, so he did not open his mouth. In his humiliation he was deprived of justice. Who can speak of his descendants? For his life was taken from the earth.” The eunuch asked Philip, “Tell me, please, who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else?” Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus. As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water. Why shouldn’t I be baptized?” Then Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.” He answered and said, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.” And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him. When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him again, but went on his way rejoicing.”


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