Explore the Bible Lesson for May 1: Obedient
April 19 2016 by Troy Rust, pastor, Florence Avenue Baptist Church, Oxford

Focal Passage: Acts 8:26-31, 35, 38-39
 
By the time Mama or Daddy called the second time, you’d better be on your way.

That rule applied even when I got older and was tempted to pretend that I didn’t hear them.

I remember the day my dad committed a major work safety transgression by cutting a short piece of oak lumber while standing it on its end and running it through the table saw. I watched him start the project and went on about my business.
 
A few minutes later I heard an abnormal “ching” from the saw blade, followed by Daddy yelling my name in an emergency tone.
 
I ran at top speed to discover the saw had thrown the timber’s sharp edge into my father’s forehead, leaving a significant gash.
 
God calls us to witness to people whose situations are often less dramatic, but headed toward much greater tragedy.
 
Apart from a saving encounter with Jesus, their stories won’t end with bandages, broken bones or even physical death. They will all enter the torment of a Christ-less eternity.
 
Philip the evangelist was busy sharing the gospel with Samaritans when God sent him to a special assignment on the road from Jerusalem to Gaza. He immediately obeyed, without knowing the “who,” and encountered the God fearing treasurer for the Queen of Ethiopia.

This witnessing opportunity proved to be, in baseball terms, a lob.
 
The man already had the Word of God opened to Isaiah 53, one of the most evangelistic texts in the Old Testament, and needed someone to explain it to him.
 
Luke tells us that, “beginning with this Scripture [Philip] preached Jesus to him” (v. 35). Consequently, the Ethiopian eunuch believed in Jesus and demonstrated his faith by submitting to baptism.
 
Our God has chosen to save sinners through the gospel witness of those of us who love and follow Jesus.
 
Pray for your lob today, and aim for the fence!

4/19/2016 9:29:16 AM by Troy Rust, pastor, Florence Avenue Baptist Church, Oxford | with 0 comments
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