Rev. Dr. Reginald Pope
By Pastor Reginald PopeBethel M.B. Church of South Los Angeles
Scripture: Acts 8:26-39; 6:3 BE SPIRIT FILLED - The Philip of Acts 8 is the same Philip of Acts 6 where he was chosen as one of the seven to administer the church's goods to the needy. One of the requirements for that position was that the person be "full of the Holy Ghost."
Being spirit filled does not necessarily mean that you have more of Him (He is a person), but rather, He has more of you. We tend to limit Him in our lives because we have certain areas therein that we are not ready to surrender to him.
BE SERVICE CONNECTED - Philip was a member of the church at Jerusalem and the church is styled as a body. Legs don't go walking about without a body, they are a part of the body.
The Apostle Saul (aka Paul) and Barnabus were members of the church at Antioch (Acts 13:1) and were dedicated by the church to go on a missionary journey. And so they did, but after successfully completing the journey, they returned and made their report to the church. (Acts 15:4)
HE STEPS OUT ON FAITH - The instructions of the angel (Acts 8:26) were direct, but not detailed. He simply told him where to go and how to get there - not what would happen when he got there. Successful soul wining requires faith, without which it is impossible to please God. (Hebrews 11:6)
BE A SENSITIVE LISTENER - Philip heard the Ethiopian reading from the book of Isaiah. We must learn to listen in order to meet the individual where he is because (as Dr. Rocellia Johnson says) you can't meet him where he is not.
Incidentally, young people, the Ethiopian had a job, (treasurer for Queen Candice). He could be trusted, handled her money; He could read and was reading the Book of Isaiah, and had his wheels, riding in a chariot, yet something was missing.
BE A SINCERE INQUIRER - Philip asked, "Do you understand what you are reading?" (Acts 8:30) We must understand, there is a difference between reading and understanding. The Word of God is Spirit, and it takes spiritual insight to adequately understand it.
BE UP ON SCRIPTURE - Philip began at the same scripture and preached unto him Jesus (Acts 8:35). We must understand that the whole Bible is the Word of God. The Old Testament has Jesus concealed, The New Testament has Jesus revealed; The Old Testament has Jesus promised. The New has Jesus presented. Isaiah's sheep to the slaughter was Jesus Christ crucified.
BE A SUBMERGING BAPTIZER - Acts 8:38-39 reveals that born Philip and the Eunuch went down into the water and that the Eunuch was baptized and they came up out of the water. Why is that important preacher? It is an outward expression of an inward conviction.
By baptism, you are saying I believe that Jesus died; I believe that He was buried; I believe that He rose again. That confession is what the Bible means in Romans 10:9 when it says, "If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in thine heart that God has raised him from the dead, thou shall be saved."