Good morning! I’m glad to welcome you to worship today at Hillcrest Baptist Church.
Greg Laurie, author of Tell Someone, writes, “I wish I could tell you that every day God wakes me up and speaks to me audibly about who I am to go to.” He continues by saying, “No, that is not how the Lord leads me, or anyone else for that matter. The more likely scenario is that my ‘idiot light’ on my car’s gas gauge will go on, indicating that I am running low on fuel. So I pull over to the nearest gas station, which ‘happens’ to be on the corner by my house. There, as I am pumping gas, is a guy next to me doing the same. I strike up a conversation, and before I know it, I realize it is a divine appointment (italics, underline and bold face is my emphasis).”
We know from Matthew 28:19-20 that the word “Go” means as you are going about life. We are to share the gospel as we are going each day, especially when we have the privilege to engage in a conversation with others. In John 4 we discover that Jesus had left Judea to return to Galilee, and verse 4 tells us, “He had to go through Samaria on the way.” The reason He went through Samaria is that Jesus had a divine appointment with a Samaritan woman at a well, and on that occasion she would come to know the Father through the Son, and in turn, introduce many in the city to the Messiah.
When we tell of events of Jesus introducing others to the Father, we tend to excuse ourselves from doing the same, because Jesus was God in human flesh, and of course that is what He came to do. There was another time when a man by the name of Philip was in Samaria (Acts 8:4-25) telling others about the Messiah and many were being saved. But when we come to Acts 8:26-40 we discover that the Lord sent Philip from that great revival in Samaria into the desert where he would have a divine appointment with a eunuch from Ethiopia. The eunuch was saved and took the gospel back to Ethiopia.
Today we are going to learn from THE DIVINE APPOINTMENT of Philip in Acts 8:26-40 about going to TELL SOMEONE about Jesus.