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BIBLICAL REFLECTION

Read Acts 8:26-40 26 Then an angel of the Lord said to Philip, ‘Get up and go towards the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.’ (This is a wilderness road.) 27So he got up and went. Now there was an Ethiopian eunuch, a court official of the Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, in charge of her entire treasury. He had come to Jerusalem to worship 28and was returning home; seated in his chariot, he was reading the prophet Isaiah.29Then the Spirit said to Philip, ‘Go over to this chariot and join it.’ 30So Philip ran up to it and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah. He asked, ‘Do you understand what you are reading?’ 31He replied, ‘How can I, unless someone guides me?’ And he invited Philip to get in and sit beside 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 silent before its shearer, so he does not open his mouth. 33 In his humiliation justice was denied him. Who can describe his generation? For his life is taken away from the earth.’ 34The eunuch asked Philip, ‘About whom, may I ask you, does the prophet say this, about himself or about someone else?’ 35Then Philip began to speak, and starting with this scripture, he proclaimed to him the good news about Jesus. 36As they were going along the road, they came to some water; and the eunuch said, ‘Look, here is water! What is to prevent me from being baptized?’ 38He commanded the chariot to stop, and both of them, Philip and the eunuch, went down into the water, and Philip baptized him. 39When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip away; the eunuch saw him no more, and went on his way rejoicing. 40But Philip found himself at Azotus, and as he was passing through the region, he proclaimed the good news to all the towns until he came to Caesarea. 
  • How are the 3 characters of this passage introduced in this passage?
  • What passage of scripture was being read and discussed between Philip and the Ethiopian eunuch?
  • What question does Philip first ask the Ethiopian eunuch?
  • What question does the Ethiopian eunuch first ask Philip?
  • What is Philip’s explanation of the passage in question?
  • What was the Ethiopian eunuch’s response to Philip’s explanation?

PERSONAL REFLECTION

  • What’s your favorite Bible verse? Why?
  • Have you ever found it difficult to read the Bible? What can make it difficult?
  • When was the last time a passage really “spoke” to or convicted you?
  • Do you agree with the quote that was shared in Sunday’s message: ‏ Whatever keeps me from my Bible is my enemy, however harmless it may appear to be.” AW Tozer
  • Is it helpful to think of the Bible as a single story rather than a collection of many books, letters, stories, etc?
  • Did you make a Bible reading commitment? How is it going so far?  How confident are you that you’ll follow through?

RECALLING THE MESSAGE

  • What image or illustration from the passage and/or Sunday’s message caught your attention most?
  • What other questions do you have about the passage and/or message?
  • In what ways did the Holy Spirit challenge you through the message?
  • What do you have to do to make the message mean something to you?

PRAYER FOCUS

Pray that the words of scripture would touch the hearts of those in our church. Pray that people would participate in Bible study, learn how to pray using scripture and see Christ drawing close to them through what they learn and hear.

SCRIPTURE TO HEART

Memorize this passage from scripture: So Philip ran up to it and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah. He asked, ‘Do you understand what you are reading?’ 31He replied, ‘How can I, unless someone guides me?’ And he invited Philip to get in and sit beside him. . -Acts 8:30-31
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