People Who Spread the Good News

Sermon from CCM:Gorton

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This sermon was preached by Neil Curbishley at the CCM:Gorton site of Christ Church Manchester on Sunday 24th June 2018.

SERIES

BIBLE VERSES

This sermon was based on Acts 8:26-40

 

Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch
26Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Rise and go toward the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” This is a desert place. 27And he rose and went. And there was an Ethiopian, a eunuch, a court official of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of all her treasure. He had come to Jerusalem to worship 28and was returning, seated in his chariot, and he was reading the prophet Isaiah. 29And the Spirit said to Philip, “Go over and join this chariot.” 30So Philip ran to him and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?” 31And he said, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. 32Now the passage of the Scripture that he was reading was this:
“Like a sheep he was led to the slaughter
and like a lamb before its shearer is silent,
so he opens not his mouth.
33 In his humiliation justice was denied him.
Who can describe his generation?
For his life is taken away from the earth.”
34And the eunuch said to Philip, “About whom, I ask you, does the prophet say this, about himself or about someone else?” 35Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning with this Scripture he told him the good news about Jesus. 36And as they were going along the road they came to some water, and the eunuch said, “See, here is water! What prevents me from being baptized?” 38And he commanded the chariot to stop, and they both went down into the water, Philip and the eunuch, and he baptized him. 39And when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord carried Philip away, and the eunuch saw him no more, and went on his way rejoicing. 40But Philip found himself at Azotus, and as he passed through he preached the gospel to all the towns until he came to Caesarea.

KEY POINTS

Philip the Evangelist

  • Philip is the only person in the whole of the Bible who is refered to by the title ‘The Evangelist’.
  • Philip was a deacon, which literally meant that he was recognised as someone who served in the church.
  • Philip was comfortabe whether preaching to many or speaking to one person. He just wanted to share Christ.

Get Up and Go

  • An Angel tells Philip to get up and go. He is given a direction but not a destination.
  • Often when we follow God’s leading in our lives we have a direction to be travelling but we don’t know what the destination or outcome will be.
  • Philip takes advantage of the opportunity that is placed before him.

3 Things We Can Learn From Philip

  • The church needs people who are servant hearted and willing to get stuck in.
  • The church needs people who are prepared to do anything and go anywhere God asks for the sake of the Gospel.
  • The church needs people who are open to God and ready to follow his leading.

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