Presentation on theme: "Scripture Reading Acts 8:26-40. Introduction When it comes to other races do we consider them to be our neighbors. There was a time when the Jews did."— Presentation transcript:
Introduction When it comes to other races do we consider them to be our neighbors. There was a time when the Jews did not consider the Gentiles to be worthy of the gospel (Acts 13:44-46;1 Peter 2:1-10). How do you and I look upon different races of people when it comes to the gospel?
The Eunuch Eunuchs were ‘bed-keepers’ in large houses & palaces. These men had been deprived of their virility, their sex drive. Jesus spoke of eunuchs in Matthew 19:10- 12. The Ethiopian eunuch was the treasurer of Queen Candace’s treasury.
His Religiosity He appears to be a religious man, by the fact that he had been to Jerusalem to worship (Acts 8:27). Apparently he was a proselyte to the Jewish faith. He was also a man who read the scriptures (Acts 8:28).
His Problem He didn’t understand what he was reading. The Spirit (Holy Spirit), directed Philip to go to this man (Acts 8:26).] Philip ran to catch up to this uninformed man to teach him the gospel (Acts 8:30).
His Enlightenment When Philip caught up to him he heard him reading the scriptures. Isaiah 53 is the text. Philip began at the same scripture and taught him Jesus (Acts 8:35). Philip informed him of whom Isaiah was speaking.
His Acceptance The eunuch accepted the message by faith. He did not quibble or argue about what Philip had told him. He was willing to obey the gospel without equivocation. He became a child of God, a Christian.
What are some lessons for us? Are we willing to teach those who are different from us in the color of their skin. Or different from us in the fact that they are not the same race. Racial differences do not make us superior or them inferior (Gal. 3:28).
Would you & I be willing to teach… A black person? The Japanese? The Germans? Filipinos? What about a Muslim? What about Osama bin Laden?
Conclusion Just because a person is not like us in race or skin tone doesn’t mean that they are not our neighbors. It also doesn’t mean that they are not worthy of the gospel. Jesus died for us all (Jn. 3:16; 2 Cor. 5:14-15).