I. The providence of God (Acts 8:26-29)
A. God provided the right teacher (Philip) for the student (the eunuch)
B. Philip and the eunuch ended up in the same place at the same time
C. The eunuch was reading from Isaiah 53
II. The value of questions (Acts 8:30-34)
A. “Do you understand what you are reading?”
B. “How can I, unless someone guides me?”
C. “I ask you, of whom does the prophet say this, of himself or of some other man?”
III. Philip “preached Jesus to him” (Acts 8:35-39)
A. Preaching Jesus includes preaching about baptism
B. Preaching Jesus produces joy when one obeys
I. The responsibility of every Christian to evangelize
A. It wasn’t the apostles who scattered and preached outside Jerusalem (Acts 8:1, 4; Colossians 1:23)
B. A perpetual commission (Hebrews 5:12-14; Matthew 28:19-20; 2 Timothy 2:2)
II. The gospel is for all mankind
A. Not just those who look and act like us (Acts 8:5; John 4:9, 20, 25)
B. The reaction (Acts 8:6-7, 12) was joyous (Acts 8:8, 39; 16:34; 15:3)
C. It is even for those that we don’t think will obey (Acts 8:9-13)
III. The possibility of apostasy…and restoration!
A. Simon shows immaturity (Acts 8:14-19)
B. Peter’s rebuke (Acts 8:20-23)
C. Simon’s opportunity to repent (Acts 8:22, 24)
Day 32/260: Read Acts 8
What does it mean to preach Jesus? When Philip went to the city of Samaria, “he preached the things concerning the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ.” The result was an obedient faith. The Scriptures tell us “they believed” and “both men and women were baptized.”
Later, Philip was sent to the Ethiopian eunuch as he traveled from Jerusalem to Gaza. The man was reading from Isaiah’s prophecy, but had trouble understanding its import. “Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning at this Scripture, preached Jesus to him.” The result was again belief and baptism.
Many in the religious world attempt to circumvent the grace of God, seeking loopholes to avoid obedience. Some want the benefits of Christianity without submitting to the commands of Christ.
This chapter shows that obedience based upon faith is a part of believing the message of Jesus. “Preaching Jesus” is not just telling stories about the Lord, but includes instructions on how to follow Him and how to access the blessings available to His followers. May we always strive to teach and preach the whole counsel of God.
Memory (Copy into a notebook 5-10 times)
Acts 8:12. But when they believed Philip as he preached the things concerning the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, both men and women were baptized.
Pray for wisdom in teaching others about the Savior. Pray for strength to resist compromising His truth.