Last week, Coach Perci invited me to preach at our Youth Services in Victory Malate after a long time. It felt great preaching there to the students after such a long time. 🙂
It was the last part of our series titled: Break the Silence which is a series about evangelism. Our objective for that series is to inspire our students to proactively share the message of the gospel NO MATTER WHAT, to NO MATTER WHO and NO MATTER WHERE. Unfortunately, classes got suspended last Thursday and Friday so we decided to conduct only one service that day (4PM Friday). A total of 145 students came and heard the word. We usually average at around 400 + students this time of the year so I decided to write my message in a blog format for those 255+ students who weren’t able to go 🙂
The last part of the series focuses on preaching the gospel NO MATTER WHERE. In last Friday’s message we focused on the story of Philip from the book of Acts, specifically in Acts 8:4-8. It says there:
Acts 8:4-8 (ESV)
Those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went. 5 Philip went down to a city in Samaria and proclaimed the Messiah there. 6 When the crowds heard Philip and saw the signs he performed, they all paid close attention to what he said. 7 For with shrieks, impure spirits came out of many, and many who were paralyzed or lame were healed. 8 So there was great joy in that city.
Context and Background
To give you a context and background of the passage of scripture above. It says in verse 4 that the people had been “scattered”. The question is, why were they scattered in the first place? What caused that event to take place? The answer lies in Acts 8:1:
…On that day a great persecution broke out against the church in Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout Judea and Samaria.
The people were scattered because a great persecution broke out against the church. Apparently there was this guy named Saul who was trying to destroy the church back then. He went from house to house and dragged the Christians to prison.
It was a scary time to be in the church back then. I’d imagine the people trying to get away from Jerusalem as far as they can in fear of Saul catching up to them. In my mind, the next logical thing to do would be to just hide and live a quiet and peaceful life for fear of what may happen. Verse 4, however, tells us a different story. It says here that:
Those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went.
While I was reading this verse and preparing for my message. I was amazed at the fact that even though the Christians were forced to scatter because of the great persecution, they were still preaching the word wherever they went. They didn’t let this terrible event stop them from preaching the message of the gospel. It inspires me to think that there were these kinds of people who didn’t let their circumstances stop them from preaching the gospel. From their story I realized that “Every season is always the RIGHT SEASON to preach the gospel.”
We shouldn’t let our present circumstances hinder us from preaching and sharing the gospel wherever. This is a message that all people needs to hear and receive. The reason we ought to share the gospel is because the gospel is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes (Romans 1:16). There’s no more important message out there that people need to hear. Their eternal lives are at stake. Also since the gospel is the power of God, we will see people’s lives changed by it. This is precisely what happened to the places were the early Christians were scattered:
Philip went down to a city in Samaria and proclaimed the Messiah there. And the crowds with one accord paid attention to what was being said by Philip when they heard him and saw the signs that he did. 7 For unclean spirits, crying out with a loud voice, came out of many who had them, and many who were paralyzed or lame were healed. 8 So there was much joy in that city.
In verses 5-8 we see the story of Philip as he went down and proclaimed the message of the gospel in Samaria. The results were astonishing: 1) Signs and Wonders followed him, 2) Unclean spirits came out of many who had them, 3) People got healed and 4) A great joy came to that city.
Philip, because of his obedience to preach the gospel resulted to the revival in Samaria. This happened because of his initial obedience to go wherever God had called him from Acts 8:5.
Philip went down to a city in Samaria and proclaimed the Messiah there.
Philip was just one of the people who got scattered because of the persecution. God had a unique calling for each person who were scattered. The same can be said of you as well. Where do you think is he calling you to preach the gospel? Where’s your season right now? Where is God placing you? This is your Acts 8:5 story. This is not just Philip’s story. This is also your own personal story of how God will use you in a place to preach the gospel so that transformation can happen in that place.
How about you? What’s your Acts 8:5 story going to be? Where’s do you think God’s calling you in this season? Fill in the blanks below with your name and the place where God’s calling you to make an impact.
____<Your Name>_______ went down to _____<The Place Where God’s Calling You>______
…and proclaimed the Messiah there.