We learn in this part of the series through Acts 8:26-40 about Philip and his life of obedience to the leading of the Holy Spirit. In the midst of this, we also learn valuable lessons on what it means for us as believers, and how we should live each day in these times.
There were 5 observations that were highlighted from the passage:
On the final point, let us be thankful for the ‘Philip’s’ in our lives who teach us the Word. And let us be a ‘Philip’ to someone in our world today.
WHAT WILL YOU DO
Philip recognised the voice and leading of God. He was prepared to move no matter where, no matter what it took, to put down ministry that was going well in Samaria out of a comfort zone. He is immediate in his obedience to God.
There is a reminder in Romans 10:14-15, which says:
14 How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? 15 And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”
It is a clear reminder that there is a promise and blessing that goes with those who preach the good news. In turn, that involves believers being sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s leading and sending. Sent believers preach, preaching is for the purpose of people to hear, and hearing is for people to believe, and believers call upon the name of the Lord. It all hinges on whether you and I will be obedient to the sending, in every moment of the everyday. Philip understood that in Acts 8. The unstoppable work of God continues through vessels that are yielded. May we never forget that.
“Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning with this Scripture he told him the good news about Jesus.” – Acts 8:35 ESV