Philip, the Samaritans and the eunuch.
Read Acts 8:1-40
Until this point Luke wants the readers to know about the impact that the Gospel had in Jerusalem and in God’s missional plan the pressure cooker explodes with the death of Stephen. It is very clear from these verses that God’s missional plan is unfolding and obviously the spreading of the Gospel is costly, but effective. Out of the seven chosen in chapter six one is killed and another one comes on the spot light. Remember these guys were appointed to serve the tables in order that the twelve should not give up the preaching of the Word.
Who can limit God in what someone can do or not do when they are in one accord with the Spirit of God?
- Where are the twelve and where is Philip heading? Why do you think this is the case?
- What are the similarities and the differences of Philip in verses 4-8 and the one of the Apostles in the previous seven chapters?
- In verses 9-25 we read about Simon? What do you make of him? Where else have we read about “obtaining the gift of God with money”? Why is it important for Luke to highlight this incident?
- As Peter and John laid their hands on the Samaritans, they received the Holy Spirit. Is there a significance that needs to be emphasised by this action?
- As you read Acts 8:26-40 bear in mind why has Luke singled it out this event and what is something that stands out as an application for our own church situation?
Thought of the week:
The Gospel brings about radical change: Before you place your trust, you have to listen to it. But unless Christ’s Word is preached, there’s nothing to listen to. (The summary of Romans 10:14-17 from The Message Version )