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How The Spirit’s Church Acts Part #4 – Going to the Spiritually Deserted. Deacon Philip is a busy man. He’s been called to take care of the needs of the widows. Now persecution has increased. One of the deacons, Stephen, has been executed, martyred for his faith. Christians are being scattered and even Philip has traveled to Samaria. The gospel isn’t just a Sunday morning service for him; he’s all on and all in, risking his whole life for Christ. In the middle of all this, the Spirit sends him to the lonely desert road to Gaza. Why go there? For one person. Philip goes and the scandal of the gospel is that even this foreigner is given the loving attention, acceptance and forgiveness of God. All because the Spirit said, “Go!” And Philip went. In our contemporary testimony we say, ‘The church is sent . . .’ We are each and all to go to the spiritually deserted with the mercy, kindness and gospel of Christ. This is new to many of us. We are used to saying the church is here if you will come. But this is how the Spirit’s church acts: the church goes. TO whom is the Spirit sending you? Will you go?
This morning we will conclude our series with a look at one more "ism" - catechism. For some of us this might be a new word. For others, it’s a word that conjures up memories and fondness. For all of us we will learn today that it's a word that mostly represents an invitation to growth in our life with Jesus.
Discovering the truth of the Scripture results in new life and great joy, and the responsibility lies on the church to be prepared to preach that Gospel.
In this story of Simon the Magician and Philip, we see the unrivaled power of the Gospel that reveals our depravity, our need, and our sin. The Gospel exalts Christ and we're called to cling to it in humility.
In the passage, we see that God grows His Word, and we see the church, as a community and as individuals, grow as a result.
In this passage, we see Stephen lived and died to further the Gospel, as the Gospel demands no less from him, or from us.
Morning sermon by Dr. Joshua Moon.