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Sometimes, we must preach Christ to the masses. That is certainly communicated in the beginning of chapter 8. The opening verses of this text tell us that the first Church was experiencing persecution. As a result of this persecution, the believers in Jesus Christ were scattered. Verse four indicates that those scattered went everywhere preaching Christ. The persecution could not stop them from preaching Christ. In fact, the persecution strengthened their preaching. In verse five, the text tells us that Philip went to Samaria and preached to the multitudes. This is the same Philip, we believe, who is listed as a deacon in chapter six of Acts. Interesting, isn’t it, that the attention in this text is given to the layperson not the apostles? The text implies that many believed as a result of this preaching to the masses. However, the work of delivering the Gospel to those who need to hear is not accomplished only through the preaching to masses. We have already examined in recent weeks that the Gospel more efficiently advances by one on one sharing. This text is one of the clearest in all of the New Testament to help us to identify some principles of how this works, especially in regards to the person who God uses.
Samson struggled with his eyes; what he saw is what he wanted. Which way are your eyes gazing? This week we consider if we are looking towards the world or focusing on Christ.