TITLE: “A UNIQUE, EUNUCH EXPERIENCE” 

TEXT: Acts 8:26-40

TIME & PLACE: 06/04/08 ELBC

SUBJ: SALVATION

THEME: SALVATION FROM RELIGION  

P/S: E.P. CAN  

T/S: BY UNDERSTANDING THE FACTORS THAT WERE PRESENT FOR THE EUNUCH THAT MADE IT A UNIQUE AS SET FORTH IN THE TEXT. 

INTRO: I want to this morning look at a story found in the book of Acts that most everyone should be aware of. As common as the story is I believe it still to be a very “unique experience” found in the Scriptures. I say unique, because you just don’t see what took place that day happen much anymore. Listen we have seen several salvations since starting this work, however many have not followed the pattern that this Eunuch establishes here in this text or anywhere else in Scriptures. Nor do they necessarily do it as quickly. Let me explain; the Eunuch reads the Scriptures, doesn’t understand them and then God provides, through a willing servant, someone to help him. Then after hearing a clear explanation the Eunuch gets saved. After traveling down the road, then the Eunuch wants to be baptized....I may be missing something but I didn’t hear Phillip talk about Baptism. Maybe he did and it isn’t recorded. I would like to think that the acceptance of Christ was real therefore the Spirit spoke to the Eunuch to get the rest right as Acts 2 tells us... Act 2:41 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. I want to this morning take a closer look at this account of the saving of a soul and understand some factors that were present that day that made it unique. Before I get into the message I want to by way of introduction look at some things concerning this Eunuch before we go further. The Eunuch was very much like the average person today in many ways; however there are a several areas where he wasn’t let’s look at him closer to get into the thought. 1st I notice that.....

1.       HE WAS RESPECTED vs27a “an eunuch of great authority under Candace queen of the Ethiopians,”

2.      HE WAS RESPONSIBLE vs27b “who had the charge of all her treasure,

3.      HE WAS RELIGIOUS vs27band had come to Jerusalem for to worship,” vs27a “an eunuch of great authority...”

4.      HE WAS RETURNING vs28Was returning, and sitting in his chariot read Esaias the prophet.  Note: Going back to the same ol rut of what he did unchanged.

5.      HE WAS RECEPTIVE vs31 “And he said, How can I, except some man should guide me? And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him.”

Note: As a side note, we see in this short account of the story of the Eunuch 4 important things concerning the believer.

ü      The Going - Submitting to the Spirit - vs29 “Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot.”

ü      The Guiding - Steering in the Scriptures - vs30-31 “And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest? 31 And he said, How can I, except some man should guide me? And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him. vs35 “Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus

ü      The Grounding – Specific in the Specifics - vs36-37 “And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? 37 And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.

ü      The Gaining – Satisfied in the Spirit - vs39b “the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he (the Eunuch) went on his way rejoicing.”  

Now with all that being said to lay a foundation for the topic this morning I want to Preach on this thought “A UNIQUE EUNUCH EXPERIENCE” Having laid that foundation and explained a little concerning let’s look at what made this Unique for the Eunuch.....

 

I.                  BECAUSE OF THE SITUATION

A.     IT WAS SACRIFICIAL vs25-27 And they, when they had testified and preached the word of the Lord, returned to Jerusalem, and preached the gospel in many villages of the Samaritans. 26 And the angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise, and go toward the south unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza, which is desert. 27 And he arose and went:

B.     IT WAS SPIRITUAL vs29 Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot.

C.     IT WAS SCRIPTURAL vs35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus.

Note: Listen...this situation was Unique because there was a Sacrifice on Phillips part, The Spirit was involved and the Scriptures were used. I am absolutely amazed anymore what all I see in the “religious world” ex: 1,2,3 repeat after me; join the Church, sign a card, get confirmed, get sealed and all of it is not creating Saints it is Condemning Sinners to a make believe possession!

Appl: Listen, that I hope is not you today. We have everything you need right here for you and anyone else that may come or we go near and join ourselves to!

 

II.               BECAUSE OF THE SCRIPTURES vs32-39

A.     THEY WERE EXAMINED – by the Enquirer vs30b-32 ....and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest? 31 And he said, How can I, except some man should guide me? 32 The place of the scripture which he read was this, He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb before his shearer, so opened he not his mouth:

B.     THEY WERE EXPOUNDED – by the Evangelist vs35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus.

C.     THEY WERE EXPRESSED – by the Eager (To be Baptized & To Baptize) vs36-39 And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? 37 And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. 38 And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him. 39 And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing.

Note: It was also Unique because of the Scriptures.....no wonder people are so confused today as to what “they” must do to be saved. Ask the average “church” person how to be saved let alone someone in the world. Here it was Unique because the Enquirer Examined them, the Evangelist Expounded them and the Eager Expressed them! Praise the Lord!

Appl: Concerning the Scriptures this Church and you as members should be eager and able to expound them and if you are in here and are not sure I am eager and able to expound them to you!  

 

III.           BECAUSE OF THE SURRENDER vs26-36b

A.     OF THE SAINT vs26 And the angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise, and go toward the south unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza, which is desert. 27 And he arose and went:

vs29 Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot

B.     OF THE SINNER vs30b ....Understandest thou what thou readest? 31 And he said, How can I, except some man should guide me? And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him.

vs34 And the eunuch answered Philip, and said, I pray thee, of whom speaketh the prophet this?

vs36b....and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized?

Note: It was definitely Unique because not many wanting or willing to surrender today, Saint and Sinner alike.

Appl: Just think of how many you have witnessed to that were not willing to Surrender. How many have you seen in here. We can’t make them surrender, but we CAN Surrender so we can be ready if they ever do.

 

IV.            BECAUSE OF THE SUPPLY

A.     OF THE WITNESS vs30-31 And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest? 31 And he said, How can I, except some man should guide me? And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him.

B.     OF THE WORD vs35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus.

C.     OF THE WATER vs36-37 And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? 37 And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.

 

Note: Now what does all that have to do with me......Well the answer to that is that if you know the Lord as your personal Saviour then let’s be ready willing and able to provide a Unique Experience for someone we may be led to meet along the way. If you don’t know Christ as your personally Saviour today all 4 have been providentially provided to you and for you today. The Situation (Church) The Scriptures (Preaching) The Surrender (I came from afar) and The Supply....so today as well could be a Unique Experience for you!

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