Google+ 11/06/13 Preach, Teach, Reach, Then Stop and Dunk!

Acts 8:35-38

 

So beginning with this same Scripture, Philip told him the Good News about Jesus.

As they rode along, they came to some water, and the eunuch said, “Look! There’s some water!

Why can’t I be baptized?”

He ordered the carriage to stop, and they went down into the water, and Philip baptized him.

 

In part nine of our eighteen-part devotion series entitled, "Water, Water, Everywhere!" we look in on Philip being obedient to God.  Philip is on the road to Gaza when he finds a eunuch reading Isaiah!  Now that doesn't happen every day.  Philip asks the eunuch if he understands what he is reading.  The eunuch says no and tells Philip he is waiting on a teacher to explain it to him.  How fortunate for the eunuch that a teacher arrives at exactly the right time!  To make a long story short, Philip explains the gospel message in great detail.  Apparently, the eunuch understands Philip's message completely.  As they arrive at the first body of water since the eunuch's new-found knowledge, The eunuch wants to be baptized!  Here comes the obedience of Philip.  He stops the carriage and the journey, takes the eunuch into the water, and baptizes him on the spot!!  There was no waiting.  Philip needed to act now before this important moment passed.  We need to learn much from this passage of Scripture.  First, Philip was doing exactly what Jesus told him to do.  Philip was going into ALL the world and teaching the gospel message.  The eunuch was under the employ of Candace the Queen of Ethiopia.  He was not Philip's target market!  Second, Philip used what he saw, and the moment he was given, to preach the gospel message.  The eunuch was quoting from the Old Testament.  Philip didn't question what he was doing or judge the validity of it.  He simply used it as a way to get to know the eunuch.  In our ministry, we often sing a song entitled, "Come Just As You Are."  I wonder if we as Christians really believe this statement.  Are we willing to take people just as they are?  We should be because God does!  Finally, Philip "closed the deal."  In the sales business, they call it "asking for the check!"  After we accept Jesus as our personal Savior, we are to make a public profession of faith.  The eunuch asks Philip to do just that.  He didn't wait for a special Sunday or the right climate or location.  Philip stopped what he was doing and seized the moment for God and the eunuch.  Matthew 28 tells us that Philip was exactly right.  After be teach and non-Christians learn, we need to execute.  As pastors and Christians, we can't be afraid to be a Philip.  "Preach, Teach, Reach, then Stop and Dunk!"