Sun, 7 April 2019
7.6 billion. That’s the reported population of the world. It’s a big number. We are called by Christ to reach the all the nations with the gospel. The task can seem overwhelming. Just in the United States alone there are some 328 million people, 246 million of whom do not claim to have a personal relationship with Jesus as Lord.
How can we reach them with the good news?
We must reach them one by one. In our everyday conversations with our friends and acquaintances, we can share the love of Jesus. The Bible teaches that there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels when one person repents. That is God rejoicing. And he rejoices for the one.
Who’s Your One?
Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Rise and go toward the southto the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” This is a desert place. And he rose and went(8:26-27a).
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 (8:27b).
And [he] was returning, seated in his chariot, and he was reading the prophet Isaiah(8:28).
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?” And he commanded the chariot to stop, and they both went down into the water, Philip and the eunuch, and he baptized him(8:36-38).
In this Sunday’s message at Istrouma, we will follow the exciting encounter between a believer named Philip and one other person from Ethiopia. That one man discovered the joy that Jesus brings and, according to tradition, he went on to impact a nation.
It’s a story that God wants to replicate in our lives—one at a time.
Who’s your one?