Day 180 – Lessons from the Eunuch

I love the story of the Ethiopian eunuch ( in Acts 8). It’s such a great example of how to share the Gospel.

I am personally persuaded that every believer is called to share the good news with others, to be prepared to explain the hope that is within (1 Peter 3:15), to fulfill the Great Commission of making disciples in all the world (Matthew 28: 19-20).

And how helpful to find some tips about how to share the gospel in this story! Here are some I found tonight:

  • Listen to the Holy Spirit’s leading. Be prepared to do and say as He directs. Don’t be afraid – don’t hold back when prompted. vs. 26-29
  • Never doubt that God can use any of us to effectively share the gospel with anyone. The Ethiopian was not a Jew, not even a Gentile convert. He was also an official – possibly intimidating. When I downloaded my first picture, I realized that the Ethiopian was a different race from Philip – possibly another daunting hurdle. But God can win anyone and use any of us to do so! vs. 27
  • Don’t force open doors to the Gospel (in other words, don’t be obnoxious). Look for open doors (like a guy going to worship or reading the Bible – and just because someone worships and reads doesn’t mean that person is a believer… yet!). vs. 27-28
  • Don’t be pushy. Give the other person control of the conversation. Use questions – not statements –  to get the conversation going. Questions pass control over to the other person so he or she won’t feel steam-rollered. vs. 30
  • When you are invited to talk about Jesus (the eunuch’s questions and his invitation to Philip), don’t hesitate! vs. 31 and again in 34
  • Allow the Bible to share the Gospel for you. The Word of God is sharper than a sword, piercing the heart. (Hebrews 4:12) It does not return void! ( Isaiah 55:11)    Get the seeker into the Bible and let God do the work! vs. 32-33
  • Know the Bible so you can explain it when asked!! Know in particular what Scriptures say about the good news of Jesus’ death and resurrection, about how we can become Christians. Learn the “Roman Road” or other simple Gospel presentation (Four Laws) that you can share. (I always ask the person permission before I share these Scriptures: “Would you like me to share what the Bible says about Jesus and why He died?”) vs. 35
  • Be ready to help the person make a commitment to follow Jesus, to become His disciple. (I often do this through a prayer, but here, Philip baptizes the Ethiopian). vs. 36-38

Here’s something from the ESV Study Bible that I liked and will repeat:

… the eunuch was probably a “God-fearer,” a Gentile who worshiped Israel’s God but had not become a full convert (“proselyte”). As a eunuch, he would have been barred from the inner courts of the temple, which makes his reading “the prophet Isaiah” especially significant. Isaiah held out the promise that God would grant devout eunuchs a heritage “better than sons and daughters.” (Isaiah 56:3-5)

Isn’t that exciting?

How the Spirit led Philip to give this Ethiopian the greatest gift he could ever have received: a heritage as God’s child because of the Cross.

Dear Lord: Could you please give me a chance to share the Gospel again soon? Amen.

 

Today’s Readings: 1 Chronicles 19:1-20:8,  Psalm 78:26-33, Proverbs 19:27-29, Acts 8:26-40. See About for what I’m up to with these daily posts. Your daily blogger, Holiday Longing (Reproduce with permission only).

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