“Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus.” – Acts 8:35 NIV
In Acts 8 we read the story of a high-profile leader who became a Christian. This man held a position similar to the Chancellor of the Exchequer in Britain. And he was led to Christ by a low-profile person called Philip, a church deacon (have a read of Acts 8:26-40). Let’s look at how it happened and see what we can learn:
1) Philip was ready. When this man needed someone to explain the gospel to him, Philip was ready to do it. Are we ready, and willing? Are we prepared to share our faith with the people we meet? The Bible says: ‘Always be ready to answer everyone who asks you to explain about the hope you have’ (1 Peter 3:15 NCV).
2) Philip was wise. He didn’t just barge in and start preaching or put this man on the spot. Philip was led by God’s spirit. ‘The Spirit said to Philip, “Go to that chariot and stay near it”’ (Acts 8:29 NCV). He recognised the right moment. He spoke to the man about the passage that he was reading before he jumped in and shared the gospel. Sometimes we need to build up a relationship with the person before we can tell them about Jesus.
3) Philip was clear. Instead of a vague dialogue about religion, he spoke directly about Jesus. That’s what people need – a relationship with Jesus. They need to know He’s alive, and that He loves them. He’s powerful enough to run the universe, yet personal enough to forgive their sins, break their habits, and resolve their doubts. Our job is to extend the invitation, and let Jesus do the rest.
Spend some time writing down some key points you would want to tell others about who Jesus is and why they need Him in their lives. Then pray for an opportunity to share what you’ve written with someone.