Week 41   Day 6

  

We learned in previous chapters that

the people of the early church 

            prayed constantly 

            shared generously with each other 

            witnessed boldly about Jesus 

            grew rapidly 

            suffered joyfully 

 

And now we are beginning to see

            how they started expanding

                        their horizons

                        their borders

            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.

                                                  Acts 8

 

    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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