Through the story of Philip and the Ethiopian man, we learn that chances to share Christ are not reserved for church campuses and Bible studies. In a lost world desperately seeking hope, the chance to share your story and your hope can come anywhere, any day. Philip’s approach to sharing the gospel showed his obedience to the leadership of the Holy Spirit, willingness to approach people in real life circumstances, and the ability to ask the right question and share the truth of the gospel clearly. These are all things we should ask God for and work to develop in our lives as followers of Christ. Faith in Christ precedes baptism. The word “believe” means “to trust” and “to commit oneself.” The Ethiopian man could not merely accept mentally what Philip presented; he had to commit his life wholeheartedly to Christ. God’s Word presents Philip as an example to our entire church. As one body, we have the opportunity to evangelize our community and many other parts of the world, and everyone in our group can be a part of that. Our church doesn’t exist simply for people to visit on Sundays, enjoy the service, and leave. We exist to grow the kingdom of God. If we are willing to follow God’s leading, each of us will have opportunities to share the gospel with people who need to experience Christ.
PRAYER – I hereby surrender everything that I am, and have, and ever will be. I take my hands off of my life and release every relationship to You: every habit, every goal, my health, my wealth, and everything that means anything. I surrender it ALL to You. By faith I take my place at the Cross, believing that when the Lord Jesus was crucified, according to Your Word, I was crucified with Him; when He was buried, I was buried; when He was raised from the dead, I was raised with Him. I deny myself the right to rule and reign in my own life and I take up the Cross believing that You are in my and I in You. I thank You for saving me from my sins and myself. From this moment on I am trusting You to live Your life in me and through me, instead of me, to do what I can’t do, quit what I can’t quit, start what I can’t start, and–most of all–to be what I can’t be. I am trusting you to renew my mind and heal damaged emotions in Your time. I thank You now by faith for accepting me in the Lord Jesus, for giving me Your grace, Your freedom, Your joy, Your victory and Your righteousness as my inheritance. Even if I don’t feel anything, I know that Your Word is true; I am counting on Your Spirit to do what Your Word says– to set me free from myself, that Your resurrection life may be lived out through me, and that You may receive all the glory. I thank You and praise You for victory right now in Jesus’ name, Amen.