Summary: Using Phillip’s encounter with the Ethiopian eunuch, we can find some important instruction on how to share our faith with another individual
SERIES: “LESSONS FROM THE EARLY CHURCH”
TEXT: ACTS 8:26-40
TITLE: “SOME TIPS ON SHARING YOUR FAITH”
INTRODUCTION: A. What gets you excited?
--Someone: “You cannot kindle a fire in any other heart until it is burning in your
1. Another word for excitement is “enthusiasm”
2. It’s been said: “Enthusiasm is unmistakable evidence that you’re in love with your
3. Charles Schwab: “A man can succeed at almost anything for he has unlimited
4. If we are excited about our relationship with Jesus, it shouldn’t be too hard to tell
others about that relationship
--We can talk to people about all kinds of things: the weather, our favorite sports
team, our favorite television show, a hobby that we enjoy or any other topic of
interest to us because it excites us and we want to share the excitement with
B. Chuck Swindoll, Strengthening Your Grip, lists four basic hindrances to sharing our
1. Bad experience
--Maybe as a non-Christian you met someone who seemed to be a “wild-eyed
fanatic” who pushed you, maybe even embarrassed you trying to force a decision.
a. As hard as it is to admit, there some who claim to be believers that just don’t
care that people are lost and will spend this life without Christ and eternity in
b. They think, “Hey, if that’s the way that person wants to believe, that’s fine with
me; to each his own.”
--We’re just plain scared
a. We’re afraid we’ll be asked a question we can’t answer
b. Or we’re afraid that someone will get mad at us and tell us off.
--We don’t know how to go about sharing our faith
C. This passage from Acts 8 describes someone sharing their faith
1. It’s a fairly well-known story in the Restoration Movement about Phillip and the
2. Most of the time I’ve heard it preached in a sermon or taught in a lesson, the
emphasis in Restoration Movement churches is the doctrine of baptism for
3. Let’s look at this passage to help us in sharing our faith with others
I. MAKE YOURSELF AVAILABLE
--Acts 8: 26-27a – “Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, "Go south to the road--the desert road--that goes
down from Jerusalem to Gaza." So he started out…”
A. Availability is anything that makes itself accessible for utilization
1. Availability is what we see in Is. 6:8 – “I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, ‘Whom shall I send and
who will for us?’ Then I said, ‘Here am I; send me.’”
2. One of my favorite sayings: “God doesn’t want your capability. He only wants your availability. If
you’ll give Him your availability, He’ll provide the capability.”
B. Philip Clarke Brewer:
what you have
to fill a need which
you never could have filled.
where you are
to take you where
you never could have gone.
what you can do
to accomplish what
you never could have done.
who you are
to let you become who
you never could have been.
II. KNOW THAT GOD PREPARES HEARTS
--Acts 8:27b-28 – “… 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, 28and on his
way home was sitting in his chariot reading the book of Isaiah the prophet.”
A. How did God prepare the heart of this Ethiopian official
1. He was returning from worship in Jerusalem
2. He was reading scripture
3. God doesn’t prepare every heart the same way every time.
--The essential thing is that this preparation is a process that develops in the person the knowledge
that there is a need for God in their lives and a need to know God.
B. Preparation is the work of the Holy Spirit
--Jn. 16:7-11 – “7But I tell you the truth: It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the
Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. 8When he comes, he will convict the
world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment: 9in regard to sin, because men do not
believe in me; 10in regard to righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no
longer; 11and in regard to judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.”
III. LISTEN TO THE PROMPTING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
A. Acts 8:29 – “29The Spirit told Philip, "Go to that chariot and stay near it."”
--If the Holy Spirit is preparing hearts ahead of time, you can be sure that He knows when they are ready