Summary: To establish that the Samaritan’s were converted to the “gospel of Christ" through the preaching of Philip the Evangelist. This lesson along with the “Pentecostal’s Conversion” allows us to view a “pattern in conversions" within the Book of Acts.
1. The Promise of Christ to Samaria
2. The Preaching of Christ in Samaria
3. The Pardon of Christ in Samaria
1. In our lesson today we are going to be discussing a theme: “the Samaritan’s Conversion.” This is the second lesson in a series of messages regarding New Testament conversions in the Book of Acts. The Samaritans are the new real example of conversions in the Book of Acts. This came as a result of the persecutions of Stephen by Saul and the church in Jerusalem being “scattered abroad throughout the regions of Judaea and Samaria, except the apostles,” Acts 8:1-3. The disciples “went everywhere preaching the word,” Acts 8:5. Philip one of the first deacons in the church of Christ “went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them,” Acts 8:5.
2. First, we will consider the promise of Christ to Samaria. Recall Jesus own teaching and work in the city of Samaria. He said to his disciples regarding this work: “my meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work,” John 4:34. Jesus went into this city by the invitation of the woman at the well, John 4:39-43. Our Lord laid a sure foundation in this city regarding his name and him being the promised Messiah, John 4:29, 42. Now Philip will be called upon by God to “fulfill the promise of Christ” in this city. Notice our Lord’s promise: “And ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth,” Acts 1:8.
3. Secondly, we will notice the preaching of Christ in Samaria. Philip went into the city and preached “Christ unto them,” Acts 8:5. Luke writes: “And the people with one accord gave heed unto those things which Philip spake, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did. For unclean spirits, crying with loud voice(s) came out of many that were possessed with them: and many taken with palsies, and that were lame, were healed. And there was great joy in that city,” Acts 8:5-8. The preaching of Christ brings healing and great joy!
4. Finally, we will describe the pardon of Christ in Samaria. Luke writes: “But 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. Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was baptized, he continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signs which were done,” Acts 8:12-13. The preaching of Philip consisted of the kingdom of God, the name of Jesus Christ, faith and baptism. We have seen this “pattern” already in the conversion of those on the Day of Pentecost. They too heard preaching in the “name of Jesus, the Messiah's kingdom and priesthood, repentance and baptism for the remission of sins.” There can be no questions, that Philip was preaching the same message to these people in the city of Samaria. Let’s consider our first thought, the promise of Christ to Samaria.