What are we hoping to get out of being Christians? As we come to Acts 8:1-25, we’re confronted with what we should be hoping for and what we can expect to come from following Jesus. The passage begins with the scattering of the early church, following the stoning of Stephen. We follow the journey of Philip as he endeavours to preach in Samaria. This passage is the beginning of the spread of the church out of Judea and into Samaria. The Samaritans, despite their history with Judea, are now part of God’s covenant promise. Philip brings the gospel to the Samaritans as a second-generation leader, encouraging us to train up and send out people for ministry within our church communities. The passage points us to an expectation of suffering, a reminder that God doesn’t exist to serve us, and a challenge to preach the word in whatever situations we find ourselves in.
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