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Week 41 Day 6
We learned in previous chapters that
the people of the early church
shared generously with each other
witnessed boldly about Jesus
And now we are beginning to see
how they started expanding
from the traditional exclusiveness
in which they had lived
all their lives
They needed to get from Jerusalem
to the ends
of the earth
how could they do that without the Holy Spirit
transforming their thinking about different people
about different cultures
The road to "the ends of the earth"
was not smooth and easy
but they were on it.
LED BY THE SPIRIT
A beautiful story of inclusiveness.
4Those who were scattered went everywhere preaching the
word. 5Philip went down to the city of Samaria. 6With one
accord they heeded the things spoken by Philip, hearing and
seeing the miracles which he did. 7Unclean spirits came out
of many who were possessed; many who were paralyzed and lame were healed. 8There was great joy in that city.
14When the apostles at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had
received the word, they sent Peter and John, 15who prayed
17and laid hands on them, to received the Holy Spirit.
18A certain man called Simon, when he saw how the
Holy Spirit was given, offered them money, 19saying,
"Give me this power also." 20But Peter said, "Your money
perish with you, because you thought the gift of God could be
purchased! 22Repent of your wickedness. 23 I see that
you are poisoned by bitterness and bound by iniquity."
26Now an angel of the Lord spoke to Philip, "Arise and go
south along the road to Gaza." 27He arose and went. A man of Ethiopia, a eunuch of great authority under Candace the queen of the Ethiopians, who had charge of all her treasury, had come to Jerusalem to worship, 28and was returning. Sitting in his chariot, he was reading Isaiah the prophet. 29Then the Spirit said to Philip, "Go near and overtake this chariot."
30Philip ran to him and said, "Do you understand what you
are reading?" 31He said, "How can I, unless someone guides
me?" He asked Philip to come up and sit with him. 32The place
in the Scripture which he read was this: "He was led as a sheep
to the slaughter; and as a lamb before its shearer is silent, so He
opened not His mouth. 33 In His humiliation justice was taken
away, for His life is taken from the earth."
34The eunuch answered Philip and said, "Of whom does the
prophet say this, of himself or of some other man?" 35Then
Philip began at this Scripture, and preached Jesus to him.
36As they went, they came to some water. The eunuch said,
"See, here is water. What hinders me from being baptized?"
37Philip said, "If you believe with all your heart, you may."
He answered, "I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God."
38So he commanded the chariot to stand still. Both Philip
and the eunuch went down into the water, and he baptized him.
39When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord
caught Philip away, so that the eunuch saw him no more. This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV
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