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Dr. June Normil
Philip was experiencing a time of thriving evangelistic ministry when an angel gave him an odd command: "Go south to the road--the desert road--that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza" (Acts 8:26). Philip obeyed. As he traveled, he encountered an official from the queen's court in Ethiopia. The official, likely a proselyte to Judaism, had been to Jerusalem to worship. He was reading the book of Isaiah (verses 27-28). The Spirit directed Philip to approach the Ethiopian (verses 29-35). A conversation ensued, and God led Philip to explain how the Jewish Scriptures the Ethiopian read (Isaiah 53) actually found its fulfillment in Christ. This seemly chance encounter was in fact a divine appointment. Philip followed the leading of the Holy Spirit and addressed the questions the Ethiopian posed. As they traveled, they came to some water amid the parched desert land (Acts 8:36-40). Having accepted by faith the message of Christ as told by Philip, the Ethiopian eagerly asked to be baptized. And Philip baptized the new convert. When he came up out of the water, the Holy Spirit miraculously carried Philip to Azotus, about twenty miles north of Gaza. There he continued to preach the gospel in power and boldness. The story of Philip highlights an important part of the Church's mission. We must make evangelism a top priority. Whether we are sharing our faith with neighbors, providing resources for missions work on the other side of the globe, or praying for our pastors and evangelist, our labors will make a difference in the kingdom of God.
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Copyright Reference: Radiant Life, Volume 96 Number 1 Sep. Oct. Nov 2014 by Gospel Publishing House, 1445 N. Boonville Ave, Springfield, Mo 65802.
Dr. June Normil
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