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Summary: Philip was a man not seeking his own glory or reward but he’s a servant who responds when God calls. Can the same be said of us? (Acts 8:26-40)

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Being a Willing Servant

Acts 8:26-40

Introduction

Set the stage:

- Stephen has been executed for his faith (one of the first martyrs)

- The church has been scattered to the far reaches of the area

- Philip, one of the first deacons from Acts 6, is in Samaria ministering

-- God is working miracles, people are being saved, and lives are changed

-- Even impure spirits are leaving the city (v7) showing God’s total power

- Life is good for Philip right now: ministry is expanding … and then God speaks

- Read Acts 8:26-40

- Pray

Point 1 – Obedience Matters (26-28)

- What we see here, is the early church obeying the commands of the Lord

-- Jesus gave the disciples a clear command at Pentecost to go and share the Gospel

-- Acts 1:8, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

- So, God is now directing the spreading of the gospel to the southern regions

- Philip, in complete obedience, follows the direction and leaves Samaria

-- But there is something interesting here we need to understand (mentioned above)

-- Read Acts 8:5-8

- Philip was having success; a great ministry was happening; and then he leaves!

-- This is a direct indication of his obedience to God; of his desire to serve Christ

-- Most preachers wouldn’t dare move from a place they were having results

-- Philip though was more concerned with obeying God than his own results

- Setting the stage here, this eunuch had just come from a place of worship

-- He has made a pilgrimage to Jerusalem to worship and is now going home

-- And on his way home, he is reading scripture, out-loud, to himself

- Challenge: Do we discuss the sermon with one another? Meditate on it?

Point 2 – A Chance Encounter (29-34)

- It’s important to understand what this man does, and why he is in this condition

-- A eunuch would be a person castrated early in life; norm against their will

-- This would render them without desires and would allow them to serve fully

-- In some cultures, it may have been that this man was simply celibate

-- In either case, he is a servant – a lowly servant – without needs or self-desires

- However, it’s important to see that he is riding in a chariot

-- Eunuch’s were considered trusted above all others due their loyalty to the master

-- They not only had the master’s ear; but had complete run of the house

-- Therefore, to see a servant in a chariot was not uncommon; but routine

- What is interesting here is that this eunuch would be dark skinned (Ethiopian)

-- Philip was more of a light skinned man being from the region of Jerusalem

-- And in the face of all social resistance walks right up alongside this chariot

- Philip recognized the reading immediately, but asks a very honest question:

-- “Do you understand what you are reading?” (v30)

-- For you and I, this is the most critical question we need to ask ourselves

- The eunuch’s answer just blows me away!! (v31)


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