Here I Am! Send Me!
All of these conversion stories mark major advances in the Christian mission, and the heightened emphasis on the Spirit underlines that all the initiative lies ultimately with God, even through a variety of means.
Philip and the Ethiopian. This episode highlights two key themes of Acts: (1) the gospel breaks down all social, racial, and ethnic barriers, and (2) God sovereignly guides and empowers his servants.
not only large crowds of people but also single individuals need to hear the gospel
The coincidences are too numerous to be coincidences.
Am I Willing To Go?
Are you willing to go?
Am I Quick To Obey?
eunuch. A castrated male who served in the royal court, often in a position of very high status
As a eunuch, he would have been barred from the inner courts of the temple, which makes his reading “the prophet Isaiah” (v. 28) especially significant. Isaiah held out the promise that God would grant devout eunuchs a heritage “better than sons and daughters”
In all the Old Testament, Isaiah holds forth the greatest hope for the eunuch in his picture of God’s ideal future, a future that promises them a monument in God’s house, a name better than sons and daughters, an “everlasting name which will not be cut off” (Isa 56:3–8). Little did the eunuch know that he was about to experience the fulfillment of those promises.
Are you quick to obey?
Am I Competent In The Scriptures?
His response enunciates a basic principle that runs throughout Luke-Acts concerning the interpretation of the Old Testament prophetic texts—the need for a Christian interpreter. The disciples themselves had needed such guidance, and Christ had “opened … the Scriptures” for them (Luke 24:45).
Are you competent in the Scriptures?
Does Something Keep Me From Fully Identifying With Christ?
The Ethiopian official continued his journey “rejoicing,” a remark that reflects the reality of his faith in Jesus as Israel’s Messiah and the Savior from sins, implying that he had received the Holy Spirit; the present participle (χαίρων) suggests a permanent reality of his commitment to Jesus.
Does something keep you from fully identifying with Christ?
Is The Gospel On My Lips?
Is the Gospel on your lips?
As important and as helpful as strategies, methods, and planning are in the task of missionary proclamation and evangelistic outreach, Christians need to take care not to miss the promptings of God’s Spirit to initiate spontaneous conversations in unforeseen circumstances that some might deem even inappropriate