- Read Acts 8:26–40. What happened as Philip followed the prompting of the Holy Spirit? Have you ever had the Holy Spirit prompt you to go somewhere or do something?
- The Ethiopian official travelled at great time and cost to worship in Jerusalem, yet as a eunuch, could never be a full participant in Jewish religious life. Who do you know that might be interested in Christianity, but doesn’t feel they are accepted? What holds them back?
- The Ethiopian is reading from Isaiah 53. Isaiah 53–56 highlights Jesus’s role as the Suffering Servant, redeemer, messiah, and welcomer of the foreigner and eunuch. Verse 35 says Philip started explaining from that place. Who first explained the good news about Jesus to you? What steps do you need to take to be prepared to tell people about Jesus?
- Refer to Joel 2:28–32, and how the Spirit comes upon people. In Acts 8:36 the Ethiopian asks, “What would keep me from being baptized?” This question comes up throughout Acts. (Note: The Ethiopian could not be Jewish because he was a eunuch.) What is different about the community Jesus creates? How would you respond if someone asked you this question? What does your baptism mean to you?
Merciful God, forgive us for ignoring your prompting. We confess there are times when we prioritize our comfort over action and stay silent when we should speak. By the power of your Holy Spirit, renew our ears to listen, eyes to see, and hearts to love. So that we may love like you love and serve like you serve. In the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.