You Can’t Buy this Gift
Introduction vs. 1-3
Review from last week
Remember our goal is learn from this book as our model
Saul persecuted the church, imagine that happening?
Preached where sent Vs. 4- 8
Good News: they preached God’s word wherever they went
Fulfilled Acts first three parts of 1:8, Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria
Philip, one of the seven went to Samaria, down in elevation. (Galilee, Samaria
Great Revival broke out
Demons cast out
Why if demons, we don’t see them?
Only bother those who threaten them
Jesus was their main threat
As we move in God, so will we!
We don’t have to concentrate on them, or be fascinated with them
We are covered by the blood of Jesus!
Simon and sorcery Vs. 9-13
Very common 1st century name, even Peter
He practiced Sorcery and maybe allusions
Amazed everyone, Justin Martyr, said went all the way to Rome
Boasted he was someone great, called Great Power
But when Philip came, the crowds went to him, from Simon
Crowds amazed by Simon, but converted and changed by Philip’s Jesus
Even Simon, believed, and got saved!
Peter and John Vs.14-17
Early Church felt the need to check out revivals, to keep the faith pure
Of course you know, Samaria, northern city, but south of Judea
Conquered land, refilled with foreigners, with only poor originals
Didn’t follow the faith the same way
Simply hated by the Jews; but Jesus had done ministry there in John 4
At one point, in Jesus’s Ministry, the same John asked if he, john, could call fire
from from heaven to destroy them? Notice John would be calling down fire-
In this chapter, John comes with another type of fire!
They found the Samaritans had simply repented, saved, but not fullness of Holy
Holy Spirit was and has always been
As much God as Jesus and Father God
In the OT He would come on some for a season
Samson, Gideon, Joshua, Saul but then leave
Usually, older, male leaders
Joel promised one day He would come on all flesh
Jew and Gentile
Rich and Poor
Servant and leader
Anyone hungering for His presence
This was to empower them for the Great Commission, spread the word
I was saved at 13, filled at 19
To be born again, means I step off the throne of my life and He steps up
I was at salvation filled with the Holy Spirit.
But the fullness of the Spirit means baptized- immersed, He has so much for
Our problem is we are satisfied, not me! I want more of His presence, I want
to love Him more
Was in Chi-Alpha group, said I was full, but I knew I lacked what they had
One day brother-in prayed for me, nothing happened, I thought
One afternoon, in prayer, rare time, He came on me, I spoke in tongues
Felt a whole new boldness
But I leak! I try to take control, I get satisfied, I need so much more
I hunger for more, do you?
Simon offers money Vs. 18-19
Watch this: Simon Sees something so cool, he offers them money to do this
What did He see? Something observable, not merely love
Pattern is Speaking in tongues.
Acts 10:44-46. Story of Gentiles
So amazed, Peter offered to baptize even them.
Going to have a baptism service soon, shows what already happened
Peter said, as we did in Acts 2
Simon rebuked Vs.20-25
He offered them money so he could make money
Peter is furious! May you money perish with you!
No part of share in this ministry
Don’t you see this implies he could have?
We too can have a share in this ministry?
What ministry? What he was willing to pay them for
Simony means buying an office
Why church history filled with non-believers leading the church
He was told to repent and perhaps God would forgive Him
Filled with bitterness and captive to sin
To me it’s obvious, he serves the idol of wanting to be admired
Loved place of honor
To be called Rabbi
Everything they do is for a show
Instead, we need Gal 2 I no longer live, but He lives
People had followed him, he even served demons for this power
But you when you come to God, you give that up.
Admiration goes from you, to Him
We don’t know what happened to Simon, but he answers correctly
We often miss this, but Peter and John continued in other Samaritan cities
Are you born again? Have you stepped down and asked Him there?
Have you repented of your ways and turn to His?
Are you hungering and thirsting for more of Him?
Have you ever been filled with the Holy Spirit?
You can! Now,
Speaking in tongues, might only be the start!