The African

Based on Acts 8:26-39

Before Jesus went to heaven, he had promised his followers that they would have power to share about him throughout the world. Those who believed in Jesus went everywhere telling people the wonderful news about Jesus. One of these followers of Jesus was named Philip.

An angel from God said to him, “Go south down the desert road that begins at Jerusalem…”

So he started out and he met the treasurer of an African nation returning to his homeland. Seated in his carriage, he was reading aloud from the book of the spokesman Isaiah.

God’s Spirit said to Philip, “Go over and walk along beside the carriage.” Philip ran over and heard the man reading so he asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?” The man replied, “How can I, when there is no one to instruct me?” And he begged Philip to come up into the carriage and sit with him. This is what he was reading…

“He was led like a sheep to slaughter. And as a lamb is silent before the shearers, he did not open his mouth.”

The African man asked Philip, “Tell me, was the spokesman talking about himself or someone else?” So beginning with this message from God’s spokesman, Philip told him the Good News about Jesus.

As they rode along, they came to some water, and the African man said, “Look! There’s some water! Why can’t I be baptized?” “You can,” Philip answered, “if you truly believe.” And the African man replied, “I believe that Jesus is the Son of God!”

The African man ordered the carriage to stop, and they went down into the water, and Philip baptized him.

When they came up out of the water, God’s Spirit took Philip away to another town… Afterwards, the African man went on his way rejoicing.

Drawing Elements: Philip, Road, African, Travel Together, Philip Explains Jesus, Baptism