Monday, September 21, 2015

Acts 8:26-39

We had a guest preacher a few weeks ago and he taught on Acts 8:29-39
and though I had studied the book of Acts before (this Summer as a matter of fact) I don't recall this story. 

Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch

26 Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Rise and go toward the south[a] to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” This is a desert place. 27 And he rose and went. And there was an Ethiopian, a eunuch, a court official of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of all her treasure. He had come to Jerusalem to worship 28 and was returning, seated in his chariot, and he was reading the prophet Isaiah. 29 And the Spirit said to Philip, “Go over and join this chariot.” 30 So Philip ran to him and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?” 31 And he said,“How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. 32 Now the passage of the Scripture that he was reading was this:
“Like a sheep he was led to the slaughter
    and like a lamb before its shearer is silent,
    so he opens not his mouth.
33 In his humiliation justice was denied him.
    Who can describe his generation?
For his life is taken away from the earth.”
34 And the eunuch said to Philip, “About whom, I ask you, does the prophet say this, about himself or about someone else?” 35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning with this Scripture he told him the good news about Jesus.36 And as they were going along the road they came to some water, and the eunuch said, “See, here is water! What prevents me from being baptized?”[b]38 And he commanded the chariot to stop, and they both went down into the water, Philip and the eunuch, and he baptized him. 39 And when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord carried Philip away, and the eunuch saw him no more, and went on his way rejoicing.
Our friend went on to offer a simple reminder of this story:
Be Sensitive to the Spirit
Surrender to God's Call 
Sacrifice to God's Mission


What a great lesson for all of us. I had to ask myself, am I being sensitive to the Spirit?
Will I surrender to God's call? and Am I willing to sacrifice to God's mission?
Tough questions.
So instead of picking a single verse from the lesson I used the simple reminder in my Bible.
It isn't very fancy but it is BOLD which is exactly what I wanted. 
It is good to have a BOLD reminder to be obedient to the Spirit, Call, & Mission.

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