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Summary: Phillip in Acts is a good example of early church evangelism.

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Sharing God’s News with Others

Series: BREAKOUT – God on the Move through the Book of Acts

Brad Bailey – May 6, 2012

Intro

Wherever you are on your process of knowing God…there have been some significant people who helped you along the way. God was doing a work within you… and used others to impart and interpret.

Today God calls us to embrace that essential influence for others.

We are continuing our series “Breakout”… Last week… persecution led to being scattered… embracing the opportunities wherever we are. One leader, Phillip….went to Samaria…and we pick up with a rather dynamic encounter.

Acts 8:26-38 (NIV)

26 Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, "Go south to the road--the desert road--that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza." 27 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, 28 and on his way home was sitting in his chariot reading the book of Isaiah the prophet. 29 The Spirit told Philip, "Go to that chariot and stay near it." 30 Then Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. "Do you understand what you are reading?" Philip asked. 31 "How can I," he said, "unless someone explains it to me?" So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. 32 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. 33 In his humiliation he was deprived of justice. Who can speak of his descendants? For his life was taken from the earth." 34 The eunuch asked Philip, "Tell me, please, who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else?" 35 Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus. 36 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?" 37 38 And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him.

Prayer – God…thank you for what you did in leading this beautiful sharing of good news…life-giving news. As we consider your love for this man from Ethiopia… and your leading of Phillip… may we open our hearts to that love and that leading.

As we saw last week…persecution began to break out and the followers of Christ were scattered to the neighboring regions. Philip went north about 35 miles to the region of Samaria and promptly began to share his faith with the people in a city there. [1]

Phillip had no formal Bible college or seminary… he had learned the Scriptures just as many of you have…through the means provided by his local community.

What becomes clear is that Phillip doesn’t have special designation or ability …but rather he was open to being used by God.

He has already been responding to God… in contrast to our tendency to presume that if God called me to a great task… we would certainly do it. The truth is that responsiveness is something we develop. As we focus in on Philip we see a man that finds nothing more exciting than participating in what God is doing in redeeming the world.


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