Philip And The Eunuch
This week in “Bible U” (Wednesdays at 6:30) we will be studying Philip And The Eunuch in Acts chapter 8. This is a story there that all of us should look at. It gives us a custom blueprint for how we as God’s children should reach out to the rest of the world for Christ.
Acts 8:26-38 (NIV)
26 Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Go south to the road–the desert road–that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” 27 So he started out, and on his way he met an Ethiopian eunuch, an important official in charge of all the treasury of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians. This man had gone to Jerusalem to worship, 28 and on his way home was sitting in his chariot reading the book of Isaiah the prophet. 29 The Spirit told Philip, “Go to that chariot and stay near it.” 30 Then Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. “Do you understand what you are reading?” Philip asked.
31 “How can I,” he said, “unless someone explains it to me?” So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. 32 The eunuch was reading this passage of Scripture: “He was led like a sheep to the slaughter, and as a lamb before the Shearer is silent, so he did not open his mouth. 33 In his humiliation he was deprived of justice. Who can speak of his descendants? For his life was taken from the earth.” 34 The eunuch asked Philip, “Tell me, please, who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else?” 35 Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus. 36 As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water. Why shouldn’t I be 38 And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him.
How should we be reaching out to those around us?
- With God’s leading. This happens in two ways. God has given us a “general” call. That is, He gave us a commission (The Great Commission, Matt 28:18-20) that all of us were to always be seeking the lost. But what we see here is more specific. God tells Philip when to go, and He
specifically lays someone on Philips heart. We need to listen to God to be effective as witnesses. Is there a specific person God has put in your path that He has assigned to you to witness too? A co-worker? A neighbor? It could be anyone in your realm of influence, but God does this regularly. We need to listen!
- God often primes the pump. We should be on the lookout for people asking spiritual questions or asking about church. God often primes the pump for us. God is always working in people’s lives. We should not be surprised that He showed up with someone before we got there and got things ready for us. Don’t think that lets us off the hook. We still need to finish the deal!
- It’s all about Jesus. Simply put, the answer to any question you will ever be asked when you are witnessing to people is Jesus. In this story God puts the Eunuch in an Old Testament verse that Jesus was the explanation of. In our culture people may ask, “What makes Christianity
different?” or “how can I overcome the mistakes I have made?” The answer is Jesus. He came to earth as a man. No one else has that. He died for your sins, it is finished. Jesus is always the answer. Just point them to Him like Philip did.
- You have a role down the road. Often today we see people who think, “Once I get somebody to church, then the church will minister to them.” But here, before God moved him down the road, Philip actually baptized the Eunuch. The application here is simple. You have some responsibility for the people God puts in your path. You might have to meet with them a few times … or more. You might need to help them understand the scriptures like Philip did. You might even BAPTIZE them!!!!! Never underestimate how far God will take you if you will let Him use you!
Philip had the gift of evangelism. Not all of us do. But all of us can learn from Philip’s experience with the Eunuch. When God puts someone on your path, and He will, be ready. Do what He says to do. Point people to Jesus. Follow through. God will honor it, He will be glorified and your
blessings from your obedience, love and service will be more than you can imagine.
See you Sunday,