Summary: To establish that God is always in search of faithful men to go for him unto others who are seeking his will and way.
A. Aim: To discuss the theme: "In search of a man."
B. Pro: To establish that God is always in search of faithful men to go for him unto others who are seeking his will and way.
C. Text: Isa 6:8; Acts 8:25ff
1. God Sought For A Man - Found Philip:
2. Philip Sought For A Man - Found the Eunuch:
3. Eunuch Sought For A Man - Found Jesus:
1. In our scripture lesson a call went out, "God was in search for a man to go south for him." The voice of the Lord asked: "Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, here I am, send me." Isa 6:8, God is always looking for some one to send; some one to go. As heaven was searched for someone to go; and some one to send. We will discuss this day a man who answered this call; a man who was willing to go, and willing to help out. This is not a lesson on how to find a husband, sisters! Laughter.
2. Our lesson is built upon the account of a prominent conversion in the book of Acts, Chapter 8. That is the call of the eunuch; the treasurer of Candace Queen of the Ethiopians. As you recall a man was summoned to go south in search of a resent worshipper and searcher of truth. But this lesson goes far deeper than it appears on the surface. As we look closer, God sought for a man and found Philip.
3. Secondly, Philip was in search of a man, the treasurer. Truly, there is a great need for men to go south, into the desert. To travel away from the affluence and materialism of the world, from intellectualism and pride. To a rebirth of a simple concern for doing, rather than just talking. Philip found this out in the dessert. His highways and byways were barren and dusty fields. For it was there in the dessert he found a man in search of the Master. God has found and prepared many sincere and dedicated men in the dessert.
4. Finally, the eunuch was in search of a man, and found Jesus. While inquiring of Evangelist Philip he asked: "of who speaketh the prophet this, of himself of some other man?" "Philip began at the same scripture and preached unto him Jesus." It should be understood that only in the scripture could we find out about the real Jesus. Jehovah himself said: "And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart." Jer 29:13 Search where? Jn 5:39 Truly, the treasurer found the greatest treasurer, when he learned of Christ, who has brought eternal salvation for all who would find him as he was privilege to do in the dessert. Our first thought - God sought for a man.
BODY OF LESSON
I. GOD SOUGHT FOR A MAN:
A. Brethren, God is always in search of a man to go for him. In our lesson, God sought for a man to go down to the desert to accomplish his will. The scripture says: "And the angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise, and go toward the sought unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza, which is desert." Verse 25. God is always in search of men to go for him; and to accomplish his will and purpose. Philip had just concluded his tent meeting in Samaria. Acts 8:5-8 "And there was great joy in that city." God’s call is one of urgency! Notice Paul’s call into Macedonia. Acts 16:9-10 "Come over into Macedonia and help us..." A call to help, a call to serve. Service which might bring about great hardships if one goes.
B. Philip’s response. "And he arose and went: and, behold, a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch of great authority under Candace queen of the Ethiopians, who had the charge of all her treasure, and had come to Jerusalem for to worship. Was returning, and sitting in his chariot read Esaias the prophet." Verse 26 Here was a man who had just finished worship, was reading his bible. Probably attempting to obtain an understanding of Rabbi’s message in the temple regarding the Messiah?
C. Philip the preacher. Philip was a great preacher. He was one of the seven deacons in the church at Jerusalem, Acts 6:1-7. He had just concluded a tent meeting in Samaria and did a great work. Verse 5; also in Acts 8:12 "And when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women." Luke says "And there was great joy in that city." Acts 8:8