Acts 8: Always Tell The Truth

Acts 8: Always Tell The Truth

April 26, 2015
Acts 8 Persecution and Proclaiming

Acts 7 Stephen just preached a powerful sermon and people were cut to the heart. 
Response: They killed him.

Theologically speaking, the part of the Gospel that, Their Messiah had to be suffering servant before 

Saul leading the charge. 
[Act 8:1 ESV] And Saul approved of his execution. And there arose on that day a great persecution against the church in Jerusalem, and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles.
[Act 8:2 ESV] Devout men buried Stephen and made great lamentation over him.
[Act 8:3 ESV] But Saul was ravaging the church, and entering house after house, he dragged off men and women and committed them to prison.

Why such violent reaction to Jesus? Why don’t people respond to unicorns or Zeus in such fashion?

Speak where God has you. 
[Act 8:4 ESV] Now those who were scattered went about preaching the word.

The Adventures of Philip, The Apostle. Going to the controversial Samaria. 
[Act 8:5 ESV] Philip went down to the city of Samaria and proclaimed to them the Christ.
[Act 8:6 ESV] And the crowds with one accord paid attention to what was being said by Philip when they heard him and saw the signs that he did.
[Act 8:7 ESV] For unclean spirits, crying out with a loud voice, came out of many who had them, and many who were paralyzed or lame were healed.
[Act 8:8 ESV] So there was much joy in that city.

A messy start for Simon. 
[Act 8:9 ESV] But there was a man named Simon, who had previously practiced magic in the city and amazed the people of Samaria, saying that he himself was somebody great.
[Act 8:10 ESV] They all paid attention to him, from the least to the greatest, saying, "This man is the power of God that is called Great."
[Act 8:11 ESV] And they paid attention to him because for a long time he had amazed them with his magic.

He was like the “great and powerful wizard of Oz”

[Act 8:12 ESV] But when they believed Philip as he preached good news about the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.
[Act 8:13 ESV] Even Simon himself believed, and after being baptized he continued with Philip. And seeing signs and great miracles performed, he was amazed.
The Apostles come to Samaria
[Act 8:14 ESV] Now when the apostles at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent to them Peter and John,
[Act 8:15 ESV] who came down and prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit,
[Act 8:16 ESV] for He had not yet fallen on any of them, but they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.

So were the Samaritans saved before the Apostles arrived? 
It takes the Holy Spirit to believe in Jesus. 

Simon gets Rebuked
 [Act 8:17 ESV] Then they laid their hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit.
[Act 8:18 ESV] Now when Simon saw that the Spirit was given through the laying on of the apostles' hands, he offered them money,
[Act 8:19 ESV] saying, "Give me this power also, so that anyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit."
[Act 8:20 ESV] But Peter said to him, "May your silver perish with you, because you thought you could obtain the gift of God with money!
[Act 8:21 ESV] You have neither part nor lot in this matter, for your heart is not right before God.
[Act 8:22 ESV] Repent, therefore, of this wickedness of yours, and pray to the Lord that, if possible, the intent of your heart may be forgiven you.
[Act 8:23 ESV] For I see that you are in the gall of bitterness and in the bond of iniquity."
[Act 8:24 ESV] And Simon answered, "Pray for me to the Lord, that nothing of what you have said may come upon me."
So is Simon a real Christian or not? 
Can a Christian do something really sinful!  Yes! 
It’s even more sinful when a Christian sins, than a lost person. 
How do we know Simon is a Christian?  Acts 8:13. 

** Church tradition say’s Simon became a heretic.  Because this history is more questionable, it is safe to lean on the historicity of the Scripture. 

Specific Marching Orders, without the big Picture
[Act 8:25 ESV] Now when they had testified and spoken the word of the Lord, they returned to Jerusalem, preaching the gospel to many villages of the Samaritans.
[Act 8:26 ESV] Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, "Rise and go toward the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza." This is a desert place.
[Act 8:27 ESV] And he rose and went. And there was an Ethiopian, a eunuch, a court official of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of all her treasure. He had come to Jerusalem to worship
[Act 8:28 ESV] and was returning, seated in his chariot, and he was reading the prophet Isaiah.

1. Go to this road,  2. Walk next to that chariot.

[Act 8:29 ESV] And the Spirit said to Philip, "Go over and join this chariot."
[Act 8:30 ESV] So Philip ran to him and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and asked, "Do you understand what you are reading?"
[Act 8:31 ESV] And he said, "How can I, unless someone guides me?" And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.
[Act 8:32 ESV] Now the passage of the Scripture that he was reading was this: "Like a sheep he was led to the slaughter and like a lamb before its shearer is silent, so he opens not his mouth.
[Act 8:33 ESV] In his humiliation justice was denied him. Who can describe his generation? For his life is taken away from the earth."
[Act 8:34 ESV] And the eunuch said to Philip, "About whom, I ask you, does the prophet say this, about himself or about someone else?"

He was reading from Isaiah 53

Isaiah 52-54.  
[Act 8:35 ESV] Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning with this Scripture he told him the good news about Jesus.
[Act 8:36 ESV] And as they were going along the road they came to some water, and the eunuch said, "See, here is water! What prevents me from being baptized?"
[Act 8:38 ESV] And he commanded the chariot to stop, and they both went down into the water, Philip and the eunuch, and he baptized him.
[Act 8:39 ESV] And when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord carried Philip away, and the eunuch saw him no more, and went on his way rejoicing.
 [Act 8:40 ESV] But Philip found himself at Azotus, and as he passed through he preached the gospel to all the towns until he came to Caesarea. 

Remember our Great Commission? 
[Mat 28:18 ESV] And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
[Mat 28:19 ESV] Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
[Mat 28:20 ESV] teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age."

How do we make disciples?   
1. Share the Gospel
2. Baptize the believers
3. Teach them the Whole Bible.
           The 5 Disciplines. 
Palm Sunday!

Palm Sunday!

April 11, 2015

Hi Folks,

Following are the sermon notes from the Passion Week sermon.

As you listen to the podcast, you can peruse through the notes and see the Bible verses used.

Thank you for listening!  

Begins with the Triumphal Entry in Matt 21.

Jesus real starts making a public scene.

Preaching, Healing, Miracles

Publicly confronting the religious leaders.


[Mat 22:41 ESV] Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them a question,

[Mat 22:42 ESV] saying, "What do you think about the Christ? Whose son is he?" They said to him, "The son of David."

[Mat 22:43 ESV] He said to them, "How is it then that David, in the Spirit, calls him Lord, saying,

[Mat 22:44 ESV] "'The Lord said to my Lord, "Sit at my right hand, until I put your enemies under your feet"'?

[Mat 22:45 ESV] If then David calls him Lord, how is he his son?"

[Mat 22:46 ESV] And no one was able to answer him a word, nor from that day did anyone dare to ask him any more questions.




1.    [Mat 22:41 ESV] Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them a question,

[Mat 22:42 ESV] saying, "What do you think about the Christ? Whose son is he?" They said to him, "The son of David."


A few observations to the question:

What do you think about the Christ?

Pharisees knew a lot about a prophesied anointed one.

Whose Son is He?   That is a directed question.   Jesus and the Pharisees, knew the Bible specifically about who that information.


[Mat 21:8 ESV] Most of the crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road.

[Mat 21:9 ESV] And the crowds that went before him and that followed him were shouting, "Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!"

Throne of David:

[Isa 9:7 ESV] Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this.


[Mat 1:1 ESV] The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.


Shoot from the stump of Jesse

[Isa 11:1 ESV] There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit.   (Jesse is David’s Father)  

[Isa 11:2 ESV] And the Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD.

[Isa 11:3 ESV] And his delight shall be in the fear of the LORD. He shall not judge by what his eyes see, or decide disputes by what his ears hear,

[Isa 11:4 ESV] but with righteousness he shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth; and he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked.


Jeremiah talks about him.

[Jer 23:5 ESV] "Behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land.

[Jer 23:6 ESV] In his days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell securely. And this is the name by which he will be called: 'The LORD is our righteousness.'



[Eze 34:23 ESV] And I will set up over them one shepherd, my servant David, and he shall feed them: he shall feed them and be their shepherd.

[Eze 34:24 ESV] And I, the LORD, will be their God, and my servant David shall be prince among them. I am the LORD; I have spoken.


Zechariah prophesied

[Luk 1:67 ESV] And his father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied, saying,

[Luk 1:68 ESV] "Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has visited and redeemed his people

[Luk 1:69 ESV] and has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David,

[Luk 1:70 ESV] as he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets from of old,

[Luk 1:71 ESV] that we should be saved from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us;

[Luk 1:72 ESV] to show the mercy promised to our fathers and to remember his holy covenant,

[Luk 1:73 ESV] the oath that he swore to our father Abraham, to grant us

[Luk 1:74 ESV] that we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies, might serve him without fear,

[Luk 1:75 ESV] in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.

[Luk 1:76 ESV] And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways,

[Luk 1:77 ESV] to give knowledge of salvation to his people in the forgiveness of their sins,

[Luk 1:78 ESV] because of the tender mercy of our God, whereby the sunrise shall visit us from on high

[Luk 1:79 ESV] to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace."


2.   [Mat 22:43 ESV] He said to them, "How is it then that David, in the Spirit, calls him Lord, saying,


“In the Spirit” The Holy Spirit Used David to write this Psalm.


[2Pe 1:19 ESV] And we have the prophetic word more fully confirmed, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts,

[2Pe 1:20 ESV] knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone's own interpretation.

[2Pe 1:21 ESV] For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.


[2Ti 3:16 ESV] All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,

[2Ti 3:17 ESV] that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.


Zechariah prophesied

[Luk 1:67 ESV] And his father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied, saying,


3.   [Mat 22:44 ESV] "'The Lord said to my Lord, "Sit at my right hand, until I put your enemies under your feet"'?



'The Lord said to my Lord,  God said to my God.

Yĕhovah said to 'Adonay

Jehovah = "the existing One"

the proper name of the one true God

unpronounced except with the vowel pointings of 0136


Adonay my lord, lord

of men

of God

Lord - title, spoken in place of Yahweh in Jewish display of reverence





[Psa 110:1 ESV] A Psalm of David. The LORD says to my Lord: "Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool."

[Psa 110:2 ESV] The LORD sends forth from Zion your mighty scepter. Rule in the midst of your enemies!

[Psa 110:3 ESV] Your people will offer themselves freely on the day of your power, in holy garments; from the womb of the morning, the dew of your youth will be yours.

[Psa 110:4 ESV] The LORD has sworn and will not change his mind, "You are a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek."

[Psa 110:5 ESV] The Lord is at your right hand; he will shatter kings on the day of his wrath.

[Psa 110:6 ESV] He will execute judgment among the nations, filling them with corpses; he will shatter chiefs over the wide earth.

[Psa 110:7 ESV] He will drink from the brook by the way; therefore he will lift up his head.


Passion Week Jesus is preparing to complete the role of the Suffering Servant.   Isaiah 53


But His reference to David is Psalm 110.   A Victorious King, Priest, Judge.


[Mat 22:45 ESV] If then David calls him Lord, how is he his son?"

[Mat 22:46 ESV] And no one was able to answer him a word, nor from that day did anyone dare to ask him any more questions.


The Holy Spirit illuminates the heart and mind to understand Truth.   The religious leaders, Pharisees and Sadducees had all this Truth in front of them and could not understand it.


Christ, as God, was David's Lord; and Christ, as Man, was David's son. 

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