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05/25/14 - A Story of Guidance

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A Story of Guidance
Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch Part 1

God’s Guidance in His Proclaimed Plan
God’s Guidance in His Progressive Purpose
God’s Guidance Through His Providential Particulars

1. God’s Guidance in His Proclaimed Plan
26Now 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. 27And he rose and went.
Acts 8:26-27 (ESV)

God’s initial calling is often limited in the amount of information we are to receive.

29And the Spirit said to Philip, “Go over and join this chariot.”
Acts 8:29 (ESV)

God’s guidance, like the light of a lamp, is for one step at a time.

105Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
Psalm 119:105 (ESV)

2. God’s Guidance in His Progressive Purpose
27And 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 28and was returning, seated in his chariot, and he was reading the prophet Isaiah.
Acts 8:27-28 (ESV)

God is continuing to reveal in greater detail his purpose as communicated in Acts 1:8.

8But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
Acts 1:8 (ESV)

Those once excluded from God’s presence in worship because of not being whole are now admitted to wholeness through Christ.

1“No one whose testicles are crushed or whose male organ is cut off shall enter the assembly of the LORD.
Deuteronomy 23:1 (ESV)

3Let not the foreigner who has joined himself to the LORD say, “The LORD will surely separate me from his people”; and let not the eunuch say, “Behold, I am a dry tree.” 4For thus says the LORD: “To the eunuchs who keep my Sabbaths, who choose the things that please me and hold fast my covenant, 5I will give in my house and within my walls a monument and a name better than sons and daughters; I will give them an everlasting name that shall not be cut off.
Isaiah 56:3-5 (ESV)

3. God’s Guidance Through His Providential Particulars
30So Philip ran to him and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?” 31And he said, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. 32Now 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. 33In his humiliation justice was denied him. Who can describe his generation? For his life is taken away from the earth.” 34And the eunuch said to Philip, “About whom, I ask you, does the prophet say this, about himself or about someone else?” 35Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning with this Scripture he told him the good news about Jesus.
Acts 8:30-35 (ESV)

We must perceive every encounter as ordained by God’s providential hand; and, therefore rely on the leading of the Holy Spirit in our conversation.