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Acts 8

August 6, 2011

Here’s how the study works: Read the chapter mentioned in the heading several times during the week and share any words, thoughts, verses that stood out to you. Having a week for a chapter creates the opportunity to reread it several times and make additional comments as you feel inclined as well as make comments on other people’s insights.

by Susan Barnes
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Susan Barnes

~ writer of insightful posts about God and faith

14 thoughts on “Acts 8”

  1. v.6 When the crowds heard Philip and saw the miraculous signs he did, they all paid close attention to what he said.

    It wasn't the miraculous that convinced the crowd since Simon (v.9) had already been doing amazing things. It was when they heard the Word of God they were convinced.

  2. v.6 When the crowds heard Philip and saw the miraculous signs he did, they all paid close attention to what he said.

    It wasn't the miraculous that convinced the crowd since Simon (v.9) had already been doing amazing things. It was when they heard the Word of God they were convinced.

  3. v.13 Simon himself believed and was baptized. And he followed Philip everywhere, astonished by the great signs and miracles he saw.

    Peter answered… (v.23) "For I see that you are full of bitterness and captive to sin."

    Simon had believed and been baptized yet was still captive to sin. We can go through the outward performance but only God really knows our heart.

  4. v.13 Simon himself believed and was baptized. And he followed Philip everywhere, astonished by the great signs and miracles he saw.

    Peter answered… (v.23) "For I see that you are full of bitterness and captive to sin."

    Simon had believed and been baptized yet was still captive to sin. We can go through the outward performance but only God really knows our heart.

  5. v.18 When Simon saw that the Spirit was given at the laying on of the apostles’ hands, he offered them money and said, “Give me also this ability so that everyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit.”

    Simon obviously saw evidence when these baptised believers had the Holy Spirit come upon them. No doubt Peter and John expected these people to experience their own Pentecost when they laid hands on them.

  6. v.18 When Simon saw that the Spirit was given at the laying on of the apostles’ hands, he offered them money and said, “Give me also this ability so that everyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit.”

    Simon obviously saw evidence when these baptised believers had the Holy Spirit come upon them. No doubt Peter and John expected these people to experience their own Pentecost when they laid hands on them.

  7. v.30-31 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.

    Likewise we need gifted people to explain the Scriptures to us. There are cultural and contextual issues that make some Scriptures difficult to understand.

  8. v.30-31 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.

    Likewise we need gifted people to explain the Scriptures to us. There are cultural and contextual issues that make some Scriptures difficult to understand.

  9. v.20 But Peter said to him, “May your silver perish with you, because you thought you could obtain the gift of God with money!

    A gift is a gift is a gift is a gift – it cannot be bought.

  10. v.20 But Peter said to him, “May your silver perish with you, because you thought you could obtain the gift of God with money!

    A gift is a gift is a gift is a gift – it cannot be bought.

  11. v.27 So he got up and went; and there was an Ethiopian eunuch, a court official of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of all her treasure; and he had come to Jerusalem to worship

    Ethiopia was considered the ends of the earth in ancient times.

  12. v.27 So he got up and went; and there was an Ethiopian eunuch, a court official of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of all her treasure; and he had come to Jerusalem to worship

    Ethiopia was considered the ends of the earth in ancient times.

  13. v.35 Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus.

    It was a relatively new thought for believers to understand the Messiah had to suffer. Jesus had quoted Isaiah 53:12 and applied it to himself. “It is written: ‘And he was numbered with the transgressors’; and I tell you that this must be fulfilled in me. Yes, what is written about me is reaching its fulfillment” (Luke 22:37).

  14. v.35 Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus.

    It was a relatively new thought for believers to understand the Messiah had to suffer. Jesus had quoted Isaiah 53:12 and applied it to himself. “It is written: ‘And he was numbered with the transgressors’; and I tell you that this must be fulfilled in me. Yes, what is written about me is reaching its fulfillment” (Luke 22:37).

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