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Celebration of Hope In Jesus

In preparation for today's baptismal service, we turn to the narrative of the Ethiopian eunuch and his meeting with Philip, a faithful follower & proclaimer of Christ. Together they studied the Words of the Prophet Isaiah, written over 700 years before Jesus birth. By God's grace at work through His Spirit and Philip's exposition of His Word, the eunuch was brought to faith & baptism into the Jesus & His family of faith.

Have you been baptized? Why? Where is your hope for forgiveness, joy & eternal life?

Join us today as we prepare for baptism through the ministry of God's Word in Acts 8.26-39.

Acts 8.26-39 (esv)

26 Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Rise and go toward the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” This is a desert place. 27 And he rose and went. And there was an Ethiopian, a eunuch, a court official of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of all her treasure. He had come to Jerusalem to worship 28 and was returning, seated in his chariot, and he was reading the prophet Isaiah. 29 And the Spirit said to Philip, “Go over and join this chariot.” 30 So Philip ran to him and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?” 31 And he said, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. 32 Now the passage of the Scripture that he was reading was this:

“Like a sheep he was led to the slaughter
and like a lamb before its shearer is silent,
so he opens not his mouth.
33 In his humiliation justice was denied him.
Who can describe his generation?
For his life is taken away from the earth.”

34 And the eunuch said to Philip, “About whom, I ask you, does the prophet say this, about himself or about someone else?” 35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning with this Scripture he told him the good news about Jesus. 36 And as they were going along the road they came to some water, and the eunuch said, “See, here is water! What prevents me from being baptized?” 38 And he commanded the chariot to stop, and they both went down into the water, Philip and the eunuch, and he baptized him. 39 And when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord carried Philip away, and the eunuch saw him no more, and went on his way rejoicing.

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growing in truth: 26 Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, "Rise and go toward the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza." This is a desert place.

27 And he rose and went. And there was an Ethiopian, a eunuch, a court official of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of all her treasure. He had come to Jerusalem to worship

28 and was returning, seated in his chariot, and he was reading the prophet Isaiah.

29 And the Spirit said to Philip, "Go over and join this chariot."

30 So Philip ran to him and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and asked, "Do you understand what you are reading?"

31 And he said, "How can I, unless someone guides me?" And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.

32 Now the passage of the Scripture that he was reading was this: "Like a sheep he was led to the slaughter and like a lamb before its shearer is silent, so he opens not his mouth.

33 In his humiliation justice was denied him. Who can describe his generation? For his life is taken away from the earth."

34 And the eunuch said to Philip, "About whom, I ask you, does the prophet say this, about himself or about someone else?"

35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning with this Scripture he told him the good news about Jesus.

36 And as they were going along the road they came to some water, and the eunuch said, "See, here is water! What prevents me from being baptized?"

38 And he commanded the chariot to stop, and they both went down into the water, Philip and the eunuch, and he baptized him.

39 And when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord carried Philip away, and the eunuch saw him no more, and went on his way rejoicing.

Acts 8:26-39

The Ethiopian needed guidance on an Old Testament passage in Isaiah. He asked ..."About whom, I ask you, does the prophet say this, about himself or about someone else?" And later....

"How can I,(understand) unless someone guides me?"

Who do you think is in control here? God, He uses one of His angels to instruct Philip to go. Support: 26 Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, "Rise and go toward the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza." This is a desert place. And later.... 29 And the Spirit said to Philip, "Go over and join this chariot."

What is the significance of "This is a desert place" This reinforces the idea that God is in control. We don't usually find much water in a desert. Even more so, enough water to submerge a person for baptism. So God provided. Also metaphorically the Ethiopian was in a desert place. (he didn't know Jesus) He was searching scripture looking for the answer. Jesus Lord and savior is the answer to the Ethiopian's question but he didn't understand that without guidance. The Holy Spirit, then through Philip,

guides him out of a spiritual desert into a relationship with Jesus and living water. Support: "It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment.

7 The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son.

8 But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death."

Revelation 21:6-8.

The Ethiopian asked to get baptized. What is believers baptism? It is a public profession of faith in Jesus by someone that knows they are a sinner and hopes not in their righteous works but, only in the righteousness of Jesus their Lord and savior.

Paige used a wedding ring to illustrate what baptism is. Can someone please explain the illustration? baptism is the outward sign of an inward condition. Why is it important to understand baptism that way? Discuss. baptism is not salvific

sharing life together: Our brother in Christ, Shepherd, and others have answered in the affirmative to the following questions.

Q1: Are you trusting in Jesus Christ alone for the forgiveness of your sins and for the fulfillment of all His promises to you, even eternal life?

Q2: Do you renounce Satan in all his works and all his ways?

Q3: And do you intend with God’s help to obey Jesus’ teachings and to follow Him as your Lord?

Do you have questions about the above questions?

With regard to your walk of sanctification what role does the local church play? Discuss.

living on mission:

If someone says they are a Christian but does not get baptized what would you think their reasoning is? Discuss. Are you "thinking" about baptism? Do you need to talk to Paige?

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