Scripture Union Daily Guide 16th August 2020 – Proclaim the Messiah
TODAY’S TOPIC: PROCLAIM THE MESSIAH
OPENING PRAYER: May my heart, O Lord, be receptive to your word as I meditate on it.
SCRIPTURE: Acts 8:4–13
Christ Is Preached in Samaria
4 Therefore those who were scattered went everywhere preaching the word. 5 Then Philip went down to [a]the city of Samaria and preached Christ to them. 6 And the multitudes with one accord heeded the things spoken by Philip, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did. 7 For unclean spirits, crying with a loud voice, came out of many who were possessed; and many who were paralyzed and lame were healed. 8 And there was great joy in that city.
The Sorcerer’s Profession of Faith
9 But there was a certain man called Simon, who previously practiced [b]sorcery in the city and astonished the [c]people of Samaria, claiming that he was someone great, 10 to whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, “This man is the great power of God.” 11 And they heeded him because he had astonished them with his [d]sorceries for a long time. 12 But when they believed Philip as he preached the things concerning the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, both men and women were baptized. 13 Then Simon himself also believed; and when he was baptized he continued with Philip, and was amazed, seeing the miracles and signs which were done.
• What does the passage teach about God the Father, God the Son or God the Holy Spirit?
• Is there any example for me to follow or not to follow?
• Is there any warning for me to heed?
TODAY’S OUTLINE: DAILY GUIDE 16TH AUGUST 2020
To “proclaim the Messiah”, as Philip did (v.5, NIV) emphasizes the person of the Lord Jesus Christ at the centre of the gospel. As Paul said, “?we preach Christ crucified” (1 Corinthians 1:23, NIV). Jesus is the message! Philip “preached good news about the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ (v.12, ESV).
In this age of false teaching, self–promotion, and the tendency to dilute the gospel with half–truths, we must stay close to Jesus as “the good news of the grace of God” (Acts 20:24) in order to avoid being led astray or leading others astray. Philip’s ministry in the city of Samaria can be described as successful: the people paid close attention to his message, demon–possessed persons were delivered, the sick were healed, and there was joy in the city (vv.6–8).
In Luke 10:17–20, the seventy–two disciples whom Jesus sent out to preach returned with reports of their success but notice the caution Jesus gave to them (and to us) to help manage success in ministry. In our generation, there are people like Simon the sorcerer (vv.9–11) who have dazzled (or hypnotized) their followers to proclaim them great, supreme or simply powerful. How has the Bible taught us to be wary of such personalities (Matthew 24:10,11 and 1 Timothy 4:1–3)?
⁂ Any new insight or reinforcement of what you already know?
• Reflection” He that wins souls, is wise
Growth is a gradual but consistent increase in form and strength. It is a process in which we become like Christ. God wants His children to conform to the image and likeness of His Son. Lack of growth results in inability to understand the deeper truth of the word of God. Spiritual growth comes through the study of the word of God and the development of Christian character. Growth is seen in the maturity that is taking place in our experience.
• Lord, help me to believe Christ, study Christ, share Christ, and obey Christ all my life and not to deviate to any other gospel or personality!
• Pray that the lesson of the cross which is sacrificial giving of self, will help you to offer sacrificial service.
• Offer a prayer of faith in line with Ephesians 2:10
Read the Bible in one Year
Psalms 97–99; Gal. 2
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