Hello again! Welcome back. Yesterday we heard about how something humans had intended for evil (the severe persecution of Christians), God instead used for good (the spreading of his good news throughout the world). Today we get up close and personal with one of these Christians and hear about how God used him in an amazing way.
Philip in Samaria
Acts 8:4-8 Those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went. Philip went down to a city in Samaria and proclaimed the Messiah there. When the crowds heard Philip and saw the signs he performed, they all paid close attention to what he said. For with shrieks, impure spirits came out of many, and many who were paralyzed or lame were healed. So there was great joy in that city.
Philip was one of the Christians who was forced to leave Jerusalem amidst the persecution, and he found himself in Samaria. I don’t know about you, but I think if I’d been forced to leave my home because my life was in danger most of my following actions would be pretty selfish. I’d want to find safety, shelter, food, clothing and an array of other things to help keep myself protected. I think I’d probably try to stay low, to keep out of sight of any potential bounty hunters who had been sent after me. But instead of looking out for himself, we find Philip doing the exact opposite and drawing crowds to come as he proclaims Christ to the people he encounters in Samaria.