Summary: AS WE CONTINUE IN OUR SERIES IN THE BOOK OF ACTS, WE ARE FIRMLY ENTRENCHED IN THE LIFE OF PHILIP. AS WE HAVE NOTED PREVIOUSLY THE ONSET OF THE MINISTRY OF PHILIP WAS THE PERSECUTION OF THE CHURCH. PERSECUTION TO THE EXTENT THAT GENTILE BELIEVERS WERE FO
OUR SPIRITUAL CHECKUP
PROPOSITION: INWARD EXAMINATION PROMOTES OUTWARD GODLY INTENTION
Acts 8:9-25 Now for some time a man named Simon had practiced sorcery in the city and amazed all the people of Samaria. He boasted that he was someone great, 10 and all the people, both high and low, gave him their attention and exclaimed, "This man is the divine power known as the Great Power." 11 They followed him because he had amazed them for a long time with his magic. 12 But when they believed Philip as he preached the good news of the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. 13 Simon himself believed and was baptized. And he followed Philip everywhere, astonished by the great signs and miracles he saw. 14 When the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them. 15 When they arrived, they prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit, 16 because the Holy Spirit had not yet come upon any of them; they had simply been baptized into the name of the Lord Jesus. 17 Then Peter and John placed their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit. 18 When Simon saw that the Spirit was given at the laying on of the apostles' hands, he offered them money 19 and said, "Give me also this ability so that everyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit." 20 Peter answered: "May your money perish with you, because you thought you could buy the gift of God with money! 21 You have no part or share in this ministry, because your heart is not right before God. 22 Repent of this wickedness and pray to the Lord. Perhaps he will forgive you for having such a thought in your heart. 23 For I see that you are full of bitterness and captive to sin." 24 Then Simon answered, "Pray to the Lord for me so that nothing you have said may happen to me." 25 When they had testified and proclaimed the word of the Lord, Peter and John returned to Jerusalem, preaching the gospel in many Samaritan villages.
INTRODUCTION: AS WE CONTINUE IN OUR SERIES IN THE BOOK OF ACTS, WE ARE FIRMLY ENTRENCHED IN THE LIFE OF PHILIP. AS WE HAVE NOTED PREVIOUSLY THE ONSET OF THE MINISTRY OF PHILIP WAS THE PERSECUTION OF THE CHURCH. PERSECUTION TO THE EXTENT THAT GENTILE BELIEVERS WERE FORCED FROM THE CITY DUE TO THEIR FAITH.
TRANSITION: THIS PORTION OF SCRIPTURE IS A CHALLENGE TO THE PRESENT DAY CHURCH. IT IS A CHALLENGE TO LOOK SOBERLY AT OURSELVES WITH REGARD TO THE VALIDITY OF OUR WALK, THE VERACITY OF OUR LOVE AND THE ACCOUNTABILITY OF OUR SPIRITUAL RESPONSIBILITY.
I. THE GENUINENESS OF OUR OWN SALVATION
a. THE MAN SIMON
i. HE IS ALREADY THERE WHEN PHILIP ARRIVES.
ii. HE IS SEEN AS A CELEBRITY.
1. AMAZES THE PEOPLE
2. RECEIVES THE ATTENTION OF THE PEOPLE
3. BOASTS OF HIMSELF TO THE PEOPLE
4. ACCEPTS THEIR PRAISE OF HIM AS “MESSIAH”
iii. HIS POWER IS MAGIC/SORCERY/DEMONIC
b. THE ENCOUNTER WITH PHILIP
i. PHILIP COMES PREACHING THE MESSAGE OF THE GOSPEL
1. PEOPLE ARE AMAZED BY SIMON
2. PEOPLE ARE CONVERTED BY PHILIP