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Summary: Verse by verse through Acts

A couple Sundays ago I got my heart broken after church.

[Whataburger closed story, (didn’t get the word out).]

What if that happened in Christianity? What if we didn’t get the word out? Then more churches would start closing and more people would be going to Hell.

But what if more Christians were dedicated to getting the word out? What if more Christians were as passionate as the early church was about telling others about Jesus? [2] What if every one would reach one for the Lord?

If every one would reach one churches all over our world would be full. Our church would be full as well. Wouldn’t that be great? And you know why it would be great? Because a church full of true believers in Christ means you have a church full of people who aren’t going to Hell! You’ve got a church full of people who’s lives have been restored! You’ve got a church full of people living as they were born to live! And you’ve got a church full of people who can go and reach others as well! And it will happen if every one would reach one!

Today the Lord is putting a challenge before us – every one reach one. All of us who know Jesus as Savior are being challenged to reach someone for Christ this year. If we’re going to be the church in this world then we need to do our best to reach others.

And it all starts when we [3] keep an evangelistic mindset. Turn with me to Acts chapter eight as we’re going to look at how Philip was able to reach one for the Lord.

Now this takes place after Philip had come to Samaria and started reaching people for God. Peter and John had come down to the region to see what was going on and to impart the Spirit upon the new believers. Once they believed they were done there they started back to their homes in Jerusalem. That’s where we pick up the story.

[Read Acts 8:25.]

They finished their job in the southern area of Samaria and were traveling for home. But instead of putting their heads down and making a b-line for Jerusalem, they stopped and preached at the little villages along the way. This would greatly delay their journey, but to them it didn’t matter. There were people who needed the Lord and they were going to take every opportunity to share salvation with them. They kept an evangelistic mindset. This was their mission in life. This is what drove them. This is what got them out of bed in the morning. To help others come to the Truth gave these men purpose.

Jesus tells His followers, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.” In Mark 16:15. In Acts 1:8 He said, “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be my witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.”

II Cori 5:20 the Apostle Paul wrote, “We are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.”

God is so consumed with reaching people that He’s sent the Truth about salvation through the prophets down through the ages.

Jesus is so consumed with reaching people that He came to the earth to die for the sins of all humanity.

The Holy Spirit is so consumed with reaching people that He actively pulls at people’s hearts even when they don’t deserve it.

The early disciples were so consumed with reaching people that not even the threat of death could keep them quiet.

What about us? Are we consumed with reaching people for the Lord? Do we care enough about people’s lives and souls to share the gospel with them? If every one is going to reach one we must keep our minds focused on evangelism.

Because when we keep our minds right, [4] then we can be sensitive and obedient to God’s leading. Look back at the story.

[Read Acts 8:26-30a.]

Philip was so in tuned with the Lord that when an angel spoke to him – he heard it. When the Spirit spoke to him – he heard it. He heard and obeyed! Philip was sensitive and obedient to the Lord who led him to minister to man searching for Truth.

Now from what we have here in the passage, this eunuch was from ancient Nubia which is in the southern regions of Egypt. He was a very important court official who probably had lots of money since he’s riding in his own chariot. It also says that he was coming back from Jerusalem where he went to worship. Philip finds him by the side of the road reading from Isaiah chapter 53.

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