Give them the word
Going through Acts as a Model
Last week, we met Philip, second part of the story
He was one of the 7 who waited on tables
My whole goal is to increase your hunger for a move of God
Philip meets Ethiopian
During the Revival, Holy Spirit moves Philip south
on paper, its a few seconds, but it was number of miles, a few days
Meets this Ethiopian Eunuch
Several types, but normally castrated as a youth
Breed to work with the king’s people
The point is he can work with the harem and not be attracted to them
Be like me working at a coffee house, don’t eat donuts or drink coffee
Seems strange, but in many cases very high official, had the king’s ear
in this case, seems wealthy, has his own chariot he commands
kings believed themselves deity
wife did governing
called The Candace
he is reading a passage from Isaiah
the passage is hard to understand, he reads outloud
Philip hears him and asks him if he understood it
He says, how is that possible without someone to explain it
That someone is You!
Isaiah 53:7-8 Suffering servant
People still ask: Who is it about
Philip takes him from that passage to preach Jesus
You too need to look for those God puts in your path
Children’s sports programs
For me gym
Don’t go as often as I brag
When I go I talk more than exercise
Have enough home equipment, but I need to get out of my church bubble
to meet people
You say, you don’t know the Bible well
God can use you if you know John 3:16
On the other hand, learn! Read, Study, Sunday School
It called suffering servant song
It speaks of how Jesus suffered and died for you
Written 700 years of so before Jesus was born
Interesting about how his descendants cut off
Of course, jesus died before having children
Imagine if he ad children? Some would claim deity
We are His Children
Isaiah 56: 4-5 speaks of the way eunuchs would have children in the age to
Worst part of eunuchs; no future generations
To them, how they viewed eternal life
This precious promise in Isaiah 56 is a great reward.
He is baptized
he sees water
Very strange in the desert
This is the Holy Spirit
He asked why shouldn’t he be baptized?
Well to be honest, Mr. Enunch there are big issues
1. he’s not Jewish, we have not come to Chapter 10
In a few weeks hope to come to chapter 10
People thought one had to be Jewish to be saved
Now even the Gentiles
This story is like a prelude to that story
2. He’s not even of Israel
3. As an eunuch, he couldn’t even enter the temple accord to Leviticus
But Philip agrees
First Gentile baptized was an African!
Tradition tells us he became a missionary to his people
Maybe, maybe not, but by the century Ethiopian flourishing Christian
How would like to be part of that: You merely listen to the Holy Spirit and an
entire country comes to Christ?
Notice he goes into the water and comes out
Explain Baptism and it’s importance
Rom 6 tell us when we come to Christ we die!
Rom 6 tells us when we come to Christ we rise and live!
Baptize means immerse, dip, dunk
Concept from Ezekiel 36:26-27
Water Baptism is a great, commanded symbol of that?
Tell my own story
maybe baptized as a baby
I’m only 45 years of age, not bad for a grandfather of 10
Why? I died at age 13 and the 45 years is what counts!
I have no memory, no certificate of that event
But I clearly remember when i was immersed in water! at age 19 or 20!
Why is this death so key to Baptism?
Dead people can’t sin
dead people have no will or their own
Gal 2:20 – we are alive to Him
Funeral home story: dead people don’t rob, gossip
They didn’t rise when i quoted Resurrection Stories!
But I did when i was saved, born again
Are you excited you are saved?
It’s a command of God (Acts 22:16) (16)
It teaches you’ve died
it teaches you you have a new nature
It’s a testimony of His savings grace
Imagine this: you are baptized in the Jordan River
friends ask you why, I’m dead!
Philip snatched away
As soon as they come out of the water (Notice)
he wipes the water from his eyes and Philip is gone!
He is taken away, snatched, like Elijah, like Enoch, like Rapture
Very rare, but has happened (relative of former pastor)
Beem up Scotty! Holy Spirit can do what He wants
he is taken to a place called Azotus, some 50 miles away
1. You should hunger for the Holy Spirit’s leading
2. You should hunger for more spiritual power
3. Be used wherever God puts you
4. Get baptized, pray we fill this tank every month
Not supposed to like your own picture, but see the joy!
Close with story of failing to ask James (funeral home) to church
Maybe he wouldn’t come, but I did my part
Maybe I would have, now rejoicing instead of grieving