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?
“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.
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.”
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).
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!”
Everyone Heard vv 5-7
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!
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).
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.
What’s the application? We cannot perform miracles to confirm the word
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.
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).
“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.
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!