Philip, the Soul-winner   1 comment

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Above:  The Baptism of the Eunuch, by Rembrandt van Rijn

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EDITOR’S NOTE:

The New Testament meaning of belief is trust.  So

I believe…

and

we believe…,

as in the Apostles’ Creed and the Nicene Creed, mean

I trust

and

we trust.

Yet how many people who say those creeds know this?

When people ask me if I believe in God I suspect that they are really asking me a different question:

Do you affirm the existence of God?

The answer to that is:

Yes, always.

But, if the query pertains to trust in God, the answer is:

Most of the time, yes.

Of course, some people accuse me of analyzing the question excessively.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JUNE 13, 2013 COMMON ERA

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Acts 8, 26-39

1.  Philip was a soul-winner.  His a holy work, one Gabriel would gladly do.  “He that winneth souls is wise.” God works through men.

2.  He heard the Lord’s call to go toward [the] desert.  The Lord needed him down there.

God calls constantly by the Spirit and by providence for laborers.  He has something for us all to do.  O may we attend the call!

3.  Philip obeyed gladly.  He went promptly to his appointed service.  He was one who hunted an opportunity to help.

4.  He found a prepared audience.

The Spirit who calls us prepares the way for us and aids us as we go.  How important, then, that we follow his leading.

5.  He had an experimental knowledge of Christ.  Only this is our sufficiency:  can’t be a patented outfit.  That which we know, do we declare unto you.  “To know” is superior to “I believe.”

6.  Result–a soul led to Jesus, a multitude of sins hidden, and both parties happy.  Who would not gladly do this?

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

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