Let me make a couple very important points from Acts chapter 8. First, people will be much more apt to hear the preaching of the gospel when they see it in demonstration. Here is a good example of this in Acts 8:6; it says, “And the multitudes with one accord heeded the things spoken by Philip, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did.”
The second important point I will make is this; the baptism with the Holy Spirit is a distinct and subsequent work from salvation. In other words, being baptized with Holy Spirit doesn’t happen automatically when someone comes to Christ; we must receive the Holy Spirit baptism by faith also.
Acts 8:14-16 says, “Now when the apostles who were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them, who, when they had come down, prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit. For as yet He had fallen upon none of them. They had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.” The point is seen very clearly in those verses. When someone comes to Christ, the Holy Spirit washes and makes them new by the Holy Spirit in their spirit, but that doesn’t mean they have received the baptism (immersion) of the Holy Spirit.
Last, I want to give the ”1,2,3’s of Evangelism” from Acts 8:35. It says, “Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning at this Scripture, preached Jesus to him.” OK, here we go; the three steps of evangelism:
1. Open your mouth. (God can give you words, but you got to speak them. The scripture says ‘Phillip opened his mouth and you do too)
2. Use Scripture (Phillip used Scripture. Don’t be deep; keep it simple, but let the hearer know you are not giving them your own opinion; you’re giving them God’s word)
3. Preach Jesus (Phillip had one subject when he preached: Jesus)
Below is a video of some people bringing the power of God and the Gospel to to a mall is Sweden. It's a little long, but try to watch at least the first 7 1/2 minutes.
Read through the Bible with us in 2012! The reading plan can be downloaded below; we are reading in chronological order. Check back often to read the blog posts on the Bible readings and discuss things in the "comments" section.
2012 Bible Plan