Theme: Serving Others - The Holy Spirit Builds the Early Church
“How can I,” he said, “unless someone explains it to me?” So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.
A: Candace, the Queen of the Ethiopians
A: He wanted to be baptized.
Philip had been preaching about Jesus in Samaria and many people were putting their faith in God and following him. Then he was called to a lonely desert road without much of a reason for going. But the purpose soon became clear. He had the opportunity to share the gospel of Jesus with a person from a long way away. Imagine if Philip hadn’t been there to explain to the Ethiopian official who Isaiah was talking about? He might never have understood the truth about Jesus. Because Philip went where God told him to go the Ethiopian official went on his way rejoicing. Now, imagine all of the people that the Ethiopian official told about Jesus after Philip had been taken away. You can read the story of Philip and the Ethiopian in Acts 8:26-40.
Want to dig deeper and learn more about God calling his people to do to share Jesus with others? Acts 2 and Acts 10 tell more stories about how the early church shared the message of Jesus with people.
What would you say if someone asked you who Jesus is? It is good to think about that question and be prepared to give an answer. It doesn’t have to be a long or deep answer. It can simply be an explanation of who Jesus is and what he has done for you.