Week Ten - Day Five
It’s Jesus’ story...Don’t mess with it!
Acts 8:34-38 - And the eunuch said to Philip, “About whom, I ask you, does the prophet say this, about himself or about someone else?” Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning with this Scripture he told him the good news about Jesus. And as they were going along the road they came to some water, and the eunuch said, “See, here is water! What prevents me from being baptized?” And Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.” And he answered and said, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.” And he commanded the chariot to stop, and they both went down into the water, Philip and the eunuch, and he baptized him.
When we consider Jesus’ instructions, that we “go into all the world and preach the gospel” (Mark 16:15), we might have a deer-in-the-headlights reaction to his command. We may want to sincerely obey this call to “go,” but are not clear how to preach the gospel. Or, it may feel more comfortable talking about our church or other religious activities that we do, instead of sharing the gospel.
In this story about Philip and the Ethiopian, Philip started where the Ethiopian was and began to preach to him Jesus. In a similar way, while traveling the road to Emmaus, Jesus told the disciples all that Moses and the prophets said of the things concerning himself, how he must su er and die and rise again (Luke 24:25-27).
To tell someone “the good news about Jesus” is to tell them the gospel. The word gospel is an Old English word that literally means “good news.” There are many ways to use Scripture to explain the good news. John 3:16-19 or Romans 10:9-10 are wonderful examples of Scripture that concisely explain the gospel. If you take time to study these passages, you will be able to describe the foundational principles that make up the good news. The gospel declares that Jesus, who is God, came in fulfillment of the Scriptures to be the King and Savior of the world. Jesus lived a sinless life, died a substitutionary death on the cross for our sins, and rose from the grave on the third day, revealing the power of God and conquering Satan, sin and death. It is through Jesus’ life, death and resurrection that we are forgiven of our sins, given salvation, reconciled to God, and rewarded with eternal life.
We can’t improve on the message of the gospel, but we must be faithful to share all of it. No one can be coerced into becoming a Christian. This is only done by the Holy Spirit. He convicts the world of sin, righteousness and judgment (John 16: 8-11). Our responsibility is to share the gospel story with others.
If you haven't already, share who your One Life(s) is/are to someone in your family or Discipleship Group. Find out who their One Life is and be praying for each other. Discuss with each other your progress, trials and celebrations during your Discipleship Group break.