Acts Chapter 8
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Question & things to think about from chapter 8
 
1)   The first story tells how Philip went to Samaria (because of the persecution that followed Stephen’s death) and how many believed in Jesus. Why is this significant?
 
2)   The apostles, when they hear what is happening, send Peter and John down to them. What happens? How many times, so far, has the coming of the Spirit on people been described?
 
3)   Finally in this chapter we have the story of Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch. Philip is told, very simply, to go to a certain place and it appears he has no idea why. Have you ever heard such a summons? Did you go? How did you feel?
 
4)   Clearly, God has prepared this man to hear the Good News: He is already a proselyte (that is, he believes in God), he is now reading a very appropriate Scripture that Philip can jump off from, and he is already questioning its meaning. Can you recall a time when you interacted with someone who was also predisposed to listen? Did that make it easier to talk to them? Should we always wait for such openness?
 
5)   The eunuch believes and immediately wants to be baptised. Philip does so at the first opportunity. Was this wise? We tend to wait, to “test” the reality of people’s conversions, to put them through classes to prepare them. Philip did none of that.

6)   At the end, “the Spirit of the Lord carried Philip away”. Is this some miraculous, instantaneous relocation (a la Star Trek transporter), or is there another way to read this? Which understanding do you prefer and why? Is it wrong to see the miraculous where it may not be needed? Is it a lack of faith that prefers the non-miraculous interpretation?