Dare to Dream
Acts 8:26 Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Go south to the road—the desert road—that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” 27 So he started out, and on his way he met an Ethiopian eunuch, an important official in charge of all the treasury of the Kandake (which means “queen of the Ethiopians”). This man had gone to Jerusalem to worship, 28 and on his way home was sitting in his chariot reading the Book of Isaiah the prophet. 29 The Spirit told Philip, “Go to that chariot and stay near it.”
30 Then Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. “Do you understand what you are reading?” Philip asked.
Who is Phillip?
- Hears Spirit
- Obeys God
- Asks a Question
Who is the Ethiopian?
- God Worshiper
- Reading Isaiah
Deut 23:1 No one who has been emasculated by crushing or cutting may enter the assembly of the Lord.
How did the Ethiopian feel being a eunuch?
How did he feel being prohibited from the temple?
Acts 8:31 “How can I,” he said, “unless someone explains it to me?” So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.
32 This is the passage of Scripture the eunuch was reading:
“He was led like a sheep to the slaughter,
and as a lamb before its shearer is silent,
so he did not open his mouth.
33 In his humiliation he was deprived of justice.
Who can speak of his descendants?
For his life was taken from the earth.”
34 The eunuch asked Philip, “Tell me, please, who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else?”
35 Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus.
What in Isaiah 53 interrupted him? Why?
Phillips was willing to cross boundaries and barriers.
The barriers of differences, ethnicity, social status, and cultural differences did nothing to dissuade Phillip from obeying God and preaching the Good News about Jesus?
Why did Philip take that step?
1) hearing the Spirit of God.
2) then he obeyed.
The Spirit leads us to a new place.
What barriers keep us from those who need to hear about Jesus?
How can we overcome them?
Acts 8:36 As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water. What can stand in the way of my being baptized?”  [c] 38 And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him. 39 When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him again, but went on his way rejoicing. 40 Philip, however, appeared at Azotus and traveled about, preaching the gospel in all the towns until he reached Caesarea.
Ethiopian had everything to Gain. He...
- Listen = scriptures, spirit
- Obeys = I know the decision I need to make,clear
Everything to Gain! What about his Dream?
The solutions for our impossible problems are found in God's perfect plan.
Where are we turning for Hope? The world is filled with empty promises.
Isaiah 56:3 Let no foreigner who is bound to the Lord say,
“The Lord will surely exclude me from his people.” And let no eunuch complain, “I am only a dry tree.” 4 For this is what the Lord says: “To the eunuchs who keep my Sabbaths,
who choose what pleases me and hold fast to my covenant— 5 to them I will give within my temple and its walls a memorial and a name better than sons and daughters; I will give them an everlasting name that will endure forever
The Ethiopian returned home and began to spread talk about Jesus. Today 70 million Ethiopians identify as Christian.
He's not the Ethiopian Eunuch but, through God, the Ethiopian Father
2022 will you dare to have BIG dreams?
Let’s listen and run faithfully after the mission of God.