Daniel Fast 2023

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Message Text

Acts 8:26-38

Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Go south to the road—the desert road—that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” So he started out, and on his way he met an Ethiopian eunuch, an important official in charge of all the treasury of the Kandake (which means “queen of the Ethiopians”). This man had gone to Jerusalem to worship, and on his way home was sitting in his chariot reading the Book of Isaiah the prophet. The Spirit told Philip, “Go to that chariot and stay near it.” Then Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. “Do you understand what you are reading?” Philip asked. “How can I,” he said, “unless someone explains it to me?” So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. This is the passage of Scripture the eunuch was reading: “He was led like a sheep to the slaughter, and as a lamb before its shearer is silent, so he did not open his mouth. In his humiliation he was deprived of justice. Who can speak of his descendants? For his life was taken from the earth.” The eunuch asked Philip, “Tell me, please, who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else?” Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus. As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water. What can stand in the way of my being baptized?” And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him.

Message Notes

1. Listen for the right things.

Is your life designed so you can hear?

What are the noisiest things in your life?

There are 7 times in Revelation chapters 2 and 3 that this statement is made, “Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”

Romans 12:2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

2. Don’t be afraid to be a bit weird. Godly weird produces things.

Introducing people to Christ will never be mainstream. The Gospel is always relevant. Are we willing to risk our reputation to present the relevant?

3. Strike while its hot.

1 Peter 3:15 15 But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,

We have to be ready and prepared to seize the opportunities that God puts in front of us.

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Connect Group Discussion Questions

  1. What are the noisiest things in your life?
  2. If the squeaky wheel gets the grease, what is getting the most attention in your life right now?
  3. Discuss how you could turn down the volume on some things to hear the voice of God.
  4. If the Bible is always relevant in any age and circumstance, what are some reasons we don’t share it more?
  5. Have you ever done something that seemed weird at the time but gave you the opportunity to share the Gospel with someone?
  6. How could we be better prepared to take advantage of opportunities to share Christ with others?