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Tonight we take a look at Philip and what God had planned for his life.
It’s very clear in the book of Acts that there is a battle going on, but in all that happens the Church keeps growing and overcoming. In Acts 8 we read that a terrible persecution broke out against the Church, a persecution that seemed to focus on the Hellenist Jews. It was so severe that many just left Jerusalem and were forced to live other places to get away. Luke follows the story of one of those men, Phillip. God was going to use him in a significant way. I. Who is Philip? (Acts 8:5) A. Philip is the second deacon mentioned of the seven (Acts 6:5) 1. A man of good repute (Acts 6:3) 2. Full of the Spirit 3. Full of wisdom B. Probably a Hellenist Jew C. Acts 8 is pretty much dedicated to the work of Philip D. In Acts 21:8 we find Philip again 1. He was living in Caesarea 2. He was called Philip the evangelist 3. Paul stayed with him 4. He had 4 unmarried daughters that prophesied II. God sends Philip via persecution to Samaria (Acts 8:5) A. The northern tribes of Israel had followed an idolatrous path B. They were judged first 1. The Assyrians defeated them 2. The Assyrians relocated Gentiles from other nations into Samaria 3. Jews and Gentiles intermarried, so full blooded Jews looked down on them 4. Samaritans and Jews did not get along well C. They worshipped differently 1. Samaritans worshipped at Mt. Gerizim rather than Jerusalem a. The first place Abraham built an altar was in Schechem – overlooked by Gerizim b. The Israelites were to read the blessings of the covenant from Mt. Gerizim when they got into the promised land (Deut. 11:29, Joshua 8:33, John 4:20) 2. They only regarded the Pentateuch as scripture II. In Acts 8 Philip leaves Jerusalem and goes north to Samaria A. He would be received there better than a Jew from Jerusalem B. Philip went there and began preaching the message of Messiah (Acts 8:5) C. The crowds paid attention to him – with one accord (Acts 8:6) 1. They listened to what he had to say 2. They heard him 3. They saw the signs he did D. What sort of signs? (Acts 8:7) 1. Unclean spirits were cast out – dramatically with loud voices 2. The paralyzed and the lame were healed E. There was much joy in the city (Acts 8:8) It took a trial to get him there, but Philip and many others like him were forced out of Jerusalem and they preached the word wherever they went. The same must be true for us. Wherever we go the message goes. This message brings joy, blessing and light wherever it goes
By looking at how Philip shared the Gospel with the Ethiopian eunuch, we can learn a few tips at sharing our faith with others.
The ministry of Philip was not smoke and mirrors. He preached the gospel, baptized crowds, and out ran chariots to share the story of Jesus in the desert. His inspiring ministry compels any Christ follower to run for the eternal joy of others. This sermon considers the genius of Luke's narrative, the bankruptcy of Simon's magic, the power of the Holy Spirit. With a brief aside on the legendary battles of Simon Magus and Simon Peter, the sermon closes with a call to beg God for divine appointments.
This week we take a look at Philip's example of sharing Christ one on one. It should inspire us to introduce Jesus to others. Does your love of Christ reflect in the life you live... and do people around you notice?
Following the spread of the early church throughout the world, we meet Philip. Chapter 8 contains almost everything we know about Philip, including his encounter with Simon the Great Power, and the eunuch from Ethiopia. What is stopping us from gospelizing like Philip?