Church Growth 201 – Reconciliation across Races
- The Spirit (v. 8:25-26 + 29)
- The Saints (v. 8:26-27 + 31)
- The Seeker (v. 8:27-28 + 31)
- The Scriptures (v. 8:32-34)
- The Savior (v. 8:35)
- The Salvation (v. 8:36-40)
- How has your life experience observed the brokenness of racial divide? How has Jesus changed that broken view?
- What does Jesus’ command to “Go make disciples” show about His heart for the world? Does that command bring pressure or peace to your heart? Guilt or grace? What difference does it make for you to know that the Holy Spirit is directing this story? What would it look like for you today to submit to His leading in your life? (v. 8:25-26+29+39) (John 14:26)
- Many Christians avoid sharing their faith out of different fears in inadequacy. What confidence and courage does it bring you to know that He simply asks us to be faithful, not famous or fancy? What does your story of faith highlight about who God is?
- The world is rigged in God’s favor Romans 8:20, He has placed eternity in our hearts and knows that all of the pursuits of this world are only broken cisterns that cannot satisfy. What would it look like to live a contented life so that people might see the Abundant life of Christ in you? Where do you tend to be discontent? What would repentance and rejoicing in your Savior look like? (v. 8:27-31) (Look at all the Ethiopian had, yet was still searching!)
- The Bible points us to Jesus through and through. The Bible makes no sense without Jesus. What are some ways you misuse the Bible as binoculars to condemn others rather than a mirror to humbly repent? (v. 8:35). What does a “Christ as the center of the Bible” reveal about God’s heart?
- The Eunuch responded in humility, honesty, and with hospitality. Knowing that God gives grace to the humble, what are some ways you can intentionally humble yourself today? In what ways have you experienced God’s hospitality, honesty, and humility? What does experiencing God’s treatment towards you change the way you relate to others?
25 So, when they had solemnly testified and spoken the word of the Lord, they started back to Jerusalem, and were preaching the gospel to many villages of the Samaritans.
26 But an angel of the Lord spoke to Philip saying, “Get up and go south to the road that descends from Jerusalem to Gaza.” (This is a desert road.) 27 So he got up and went; and there was an Ethiopian eunuch, a court official of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of all her treasure; and he had come to Jerusalem to worship, 28 and he was returning and sitting in his chariot, and was reading the prophet Isaiah. 29 Then the Spirit said to Philip, “Go up and join this chariot.” 30 Philip ran up and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet, and said, “Do you understand what you are reading?” 31 And he said, “Well, how could I, unless someone guides me?” And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.32 Now the passage of Scripture which he was reading was this:
“He was led as a sheep to slaughter;
And as a lamb before its shearer is silent,
So He does not open His mouth.
33 “In humiliation His judgment was taken away;
Who will relate His generation?
For His life is removed from the earth.”
34 The eunuch answered Philip and said, “Please tell me, of whom does the prophet say this? Of himself or of someone else?” 35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning from this Scripture he preached Jesus to him. 36 As they went along the road they came to some water; and the eunuch said, “Look! Water! What prevents me from being baptized?”37 [And Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.” And he answered and said, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.”] 38 And he ordered the chariot to stop; and they both went down into the water, Philip as well as the eunuch, and he baptized him.39 When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip away; and the eunuch no longer saw him, but went on his way rejoicing. 40 But Philip found himself at Azotus, and as he passed through he kept preaching the gospel to all the cities until he came to Caesarea.