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Acts 8:4–40 - 16th January, 2021

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read Acts 8:4–25
    1. Context: What had scattered the disciples?
    2. Who is mentioned?
    3. What are repeated words, phrases, ideas?
    4. Identify similarities and contrasts mentioned in the passage.
    5. What did those who were scattered do?
    6. Where did Philip go and what did he do?
      1. What was the result?
    7. Who was Simon and what did he do?
  2. Read Acts 8:26–40
    1. Where did God lead Philip and who did he meet? How is this man described?
    2. What does Philip ask him?
    3. What passage is he reading?
    4. What does he ask Philip?

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. Acts 8:4–25
    1. What is significant about this region? (Look back at the theme verse of the book – Acts 1:8)
      1. How is this a turning point in the book of Acts? How might that help us interpret these verses?
    2. What does v.4 teach us about God's plans for advancing the gospel?
    3. How do Philip and Simon differ?
    4. Why did the apostles from Jerusalem go to Samaria?
    5. What was wrong with Simon's request? What was he seeking?
  2. Acts 8:26–40
    1. Why did the Spirit send Philip to the Eunuch?
    2. Why was it not enough for this man to have the Scriptures? What did this man need?
    3. How did Philip minister to him?

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. What can we learn from Philip's example? What about Simon's?
    1. What do we learn about ministry and evangelism?
  2. How are you sharing the good news about Christ and kingdom of God? In what ways does this passage encourage us to do so?