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Philip, Simon the sorceror & the Ethiopian Official
Our Weekly Bible Study begins with us reading the assigned scripture ahead of time and preparing our hearts for study and discussion. When we meet (virtually or in person) we first read the scripture as a group, and then take turns sharing and discussing what impacted us the most, and our general interpretation of what we read.
Making Notes as we go through Bible Study is always encouraged, as it helps to increase our understanding of what we have read, and also allows us to become more comfortable and familiar with the Bible.
To make participation easier and more memorable for our younger children, we will include a link to Storybook Bible images of the readings whenever these are available.
This week’s virtual Bible Study focused on Acts 8. After praying and reading through the chapters, we discussed the verses at length, and shared our personal views on what we had read. We talked about the way in which Saul had caused havoc, and how the Gospel began to spread and to fulfill Jesus’ command. Stephen’s death, and the increased persecution of the church that followed, served to glorify God by spreading His Word even further than before.
We also had a lively debate on Simon, a well-known local sorcerer, who came to believe after hearing the message about the kingdom of God. He was baptized, and begun following Philip and the other disciples. After reading the verses, and pondering Simon’s actions, the question on our minds was: “Was Simon saved?”
What do you think? Was he saved?
We also marveled at Philip’s obedience to the Holy Spirit… He followed the command he received to go toward the south, although there was no explanation given as to where he was being sent or to whom.
Finally, we discussed how the Lord’s great plan and purpose provides a teacher for one person…in this case, the Ethiopian official who Philip found reading the words of the Prophet Isaiah, and struggling to comprehend what he was reading.
Please click on the Bible resources below to read and reflect further on this week’s chapters.
As you read, ask yourself: What are MY thoughts on what I am reading?
Acts 8: Philip and the Ethiopian Official
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Acts 8- Children’s Bible Story
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