Unless Someone Explains

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A series of mishaps led to the failure to get a recording of today’s sermon. The main message of it was sharing your faith with others. So, in lieu of listening to the recording, please take the extra time to get in a discussion with someone else about Jesus. It can be someone who may not know the Lord, or one who might need more understanding of who He really is, or even just talk about Jesus with someone who might know more than you and help prepare you to better share when those difficult questions arise.

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*Call to Worship
We come to church and are exposed to the Word weekly;
but many people still do not understand the Good News.
We are called to spread our faith, and to be witnesses for the Lord.
We come this morning for knowledge and strength, we leave more prepared to share with others as we go about our week.
Everyday we encounter people from different walks of life and on different paths of their faith journey. Jesus asks us to travel alongside and guide them to Him.
Let us worship God!

*Prayer of Confession
Dear Lord, You expect us to be witnesses of the faith we hold so close; but we are timid and fearful, so we keep to ourselves. We see and hear falsehoods about You and Your followers; but we often aren’t confident enough to speak the truth. Help us to be bold; to be willing to live as examples for others to follow; to leave our comfort zone and to explain to others Your power, Your promises, Your mercy and Your love. Help us to be prepared to ensure that everyone who needs an explanation, receives one…(Silent time of prayer)

*Assurance of Pardon
As Jesus walked from town to town, news of His preaching and miracles traveled faster than the dust stirred up along the way. His death and resurrection were explained to all, so all could receive the forgiveness promised on the cross!
Thanks be to God!

Acts 8:26-40 (NRSV)

Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch
26 Then an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Get up and go toward the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” (This is a wilderness road.) 27 So he got up and went. Now there was an Ethiopian eunuch, a court official of the Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, in charge of her entire treasury. He had come to Jerusalem to worship 28 and was returning home; seated in his chariot, he was reading the prophet Isaiah. 29 Then the Spirit said to Philip, “Go over to this chariot and join it.” 30 So Philip ran up to it and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah. He asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?” 31 He replied, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he invited Philip to get in and sit beside him. 32 Now the passage of the scripture that he was reading was this:

“Like a sheep he was led to the slaughter,
and like a lamb silent before its shearer,
so he does not open his mouth.
33 In his humiliation justice was denied him.
Who can describe his generation?
For his life is taken away from the earth.”

34 The eunuch asked Philip, “About whom, may I ask you, does the prophet say this, about himself or about someone else?” 35 Then Philip began to speak, and starting with this scripture, he proclaimed to him the good news about Jesus. 36 As they were going along the road, they came to some water; and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water! What is to prevent me from being baptized?” 38 He commanded the chariot to stop, and both of them, Philip and the eunuch, went down into the water, and Philip baptized him. 39 When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip away; the eunuch saw him no more, and went on his way rejoicing. 40 But Philip found himself at Azotus, and as he was passing through the region, he proclaimed the good news to all the towns until he came to Caesarea.