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January 31, 2021
Philip and the Ethiopian
One day, an angel told Philip to go to a desert road. So Philip went. On the road, Philip saw a man from Ethiopia. The man was an important official who worked for the queen of Ethiopia. He was riding in a chariot and reading the words of the prophet Isaiah.
The Holy Spirit led Philip to go to the man. Philip ran up to him and asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?” The man said, “I need someone to teach it to me.” Then he invited Philip into his chariot.
Philip sat with the man, who was reading these words from Isaiah: “He was led like a sheep to be killed, and just like a lamb is quiet when its wool is cut, He does not say anything. What happened to Him was not fair. His life was taken away.”
The man asked, “Was Isaiah talking about himself or someone else?” Isaiah was talking about the Messiah— Jesus! Philip began to tell the man the good news about Jesus.
As they traveled down the road, they came to some water. The man asked the chariot to stop. He wanted to be baptized because he believed in Jesus. Philip baptized the man in the water and the man went home happy.
Christ Connection: The man from Ethiopia knew what the Bible said, but he did not know the Bible is about Jesus. The Holy Spirit led Philip to help the man understand the good news about Jesus: Jesus died on the cross for our sins, and He is alive.
BIBLE PASSAGE: Acts 8
STORY POINT: Philip told the Ethiopian man about Jesus.
KEY PASSAGE: Colossians 1:18
CHRIST CONNECTION: Why does the Church exist? The Church exists to glorify God!
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