Acts 8 - Advent for Philip and the Eunuch

Sermon timeline:

  • Explanation of our Advent Sync (0-7:36)
  • Philip's Advent (7:46-8:11)
  • Song interlude (8:11-19:54)
  • The Eunuch's Advent (19:54-35:59)

Advent is the beginning of the Christian year as we wait for the coming (advent) of Christ who makes all things new. Today, we see how the Holy Spirit guided the coming and going of Philip and the Ethiopian eunuch.

In Philip, we see that detours through the desert (unexpected changes in life leading to uncertain times) leads us to greater understanding of God’s love. Philip personally knows Christ’s love reaches out even to a non-Jewish eunuch as Philip himself has become the arms of Christ reaching out.

In the Ethiopian eunuch, we see the boundless love of God. Though this eunuch has the semblance of great authority, he is a slave whose power rests on his castration. Rulers used eunuchs because they have been cut off from all lineage.

The eunuch hears Isaiah’s prophecy of the suffering servant, Jesus who was cut off from his people to make children of those who are cut off. The eunuch is baptized for he wants to be part of this new family. The detailed planning of Christ to create this meeting between Philip and eunuch is itself the evidence of the good news that Christ will go out of his way to make us his own.

This Advent, may you see the intricate planning of God in your lives as you obey and walk faithfully. May you remember your baptism and Christ’s love for you.

  1. Share a story of a wrong turn in a drive that turned out fun or leading to a memorable experience.
  2. What is the desert (uncertainties) you are currently walking through? Or share a story of experiencing God in the desert (uncertainties).
  3. Share the story of your salvation. Think about all the people God used to bring the good news to you. How did God use them in your life?

Weekly Prayer “Coming Christ, thank you for making me your family.”