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  1. Acts 8:4-8

  2. Jesus gave very clear marching orders before He ascended into heaven. • “Go . . . and make disciples of all the nations” (Matt 28:19). • “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mk 16:15). • Do we follow His orders as we ought?

  3. Everyone Preached v 4

  4. “Those who were scattered went everywhere preaching the word” (Acts 8:4). • The apostles did not leave Jerusalem. • “Now Saul was consenting to his death. At that time a great persecution arose against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles” (Acts 8:1). • “Ordinary” Christians left Jerusalem.

  5. These “ordinary” Christians went everywhere preaching the word. • They didn’t want for the apostles to do all the work. • Too many Christians want to practice Christianity by “proxy.”

  6. Each Christians has been called to minister. • “Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit” (Jn 15:2). • “My brethren, you also have become dead to the law through the body of Christ, that you may be married to another--to Him who was raised from the dead, that we should bear fruit to God” (Rom 7:4). • “You wicked and lazy servant” (Matt 25:26).

  7. Atheist to a preacher: “If I believed what you Christians say you believe about a coming judgment, and that impenitent rejectors of Christ will be lost, I would crawl on my bare knees on crushed glass all over London, warning men, night and day, to flee for refuge from the coming day of wrath!”

  8. Everyone Heard vv 5-7

  9. Philip went to a city in Samaria and preached Christ. • “You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth” (Acts 1:8). • Philip preached to people the Jews considered illegimate!

  10. No one is unworthy of hearing the Gospel! • “God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them” (Gen 1:27). • “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son” (Jn 3:16).

  11. Philip performed a host of miracles in Samaria. • Miracles were to confirm the word. • The apostles “went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs” (Mk 16:20). • Heb2:3-4.

  12. What’s the application? We cannot perform miracles to confirm the word

  13. In one sense, I believe miracles still confirm the word. • “Truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name” (Jn 20:30-31). • If people have doubts, we need to take them to Scripture to see Jesus.

  14. We also need authority for what we speak. • “I have not spoken on My own authority; but the Father who sent Me gave Me a command, what I should say and what I should speak” (Jn 12:49). • “If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God” (1 Pet 4:11).

  15. Everyone Rejoiced v 8

  16. “There was great joy in that city.” • Samaritans likely had joy for two reasons: • The Prophet of whom Moses wrote had come into the world. • The people had a new lease on life.

  17. As we share Jesus with people around us, they will also rejoice. • After the eunuch had found Jesus and was baptized, “he went on his way rejoicing” (Acts 8:39). • Let us share the message of Jesus that people might have joy!

  18. Do you know the joy that Jesus gives?