One of the things my mom and dad used to say to us kids was, “I think you have selective hearing, you only hear what you want to hear.” Looking back it was probably true, and maybe it still is. In our passage this morning Philip is eager to listen to God and amazing things happen. Our prayer for all of you this morning is that you are eager to listen for God’s voice as well. We are happy you are here with us and want to welcome you to church this morning. Let’s worship God together!
Acts 8 Study Questions
1. Have you ever felt God asking you to go and talk to someone? Perhaps it was someone you didn’t even know. How did the conversation go? (or not go?)
2. When Philip reaches Samaria he preaches the good news of Jesus and starts healing people. How might you have reacted to the healing of the lame and paralyzed? Do you know someone who has ever been healed from a sickness or injury? Have you ever prayed for healing?
3. In verse 18, Simon, seeing the Apostles ability to give the Spirit, also wants to be able to give the Spirit by the laying on of hands. Why is Peter’s answer so harsh?
4. Last week we asked the question, “What does it mean to always resist the Spirit?” This week we see Philip being told by the Spirit, “Go to that chariot and stay near it” and Philip runs to the chariot without hesitation. What do you think it means to be led by the Spirit?
5. What would you say to someone who asked you to explain Jesus to them?