The reading assignment and questions are below.
Preview: Glance through the questions for today’s reading so they will be fresh on your mind.
Read: Acts 8:1-40
On that day a great _______________ broke out against the church in Jerusalem, and all except the _______________ were scattered throughout ________________ and _______________.
What did Simon do to try to receive the Holy Spirit?
Reflect and Apply:
When the people witnessed Philip in Samaria speaking and performing signs, they paid close attention and many of them were healed. Great joy in the city followed. I tend to focus on the ‘close attention’ part. We can go through our days paying a little attention or no attention to God but when we pay ‘close attention’, great joy follows. Write about an example of a time you turned to Christ, paid close attention to Him, and found great joy. What did the ‘close attention’ look like? How did the joy present itself?
Just as the Ethiopian felt lost trying to understand Scripture and needed someone to explain, many people today feel the same. They long for more but don’t understand and need someone to help them. Is there someone in your life now searching for the Truth? What can you do to reach out and offer explanation? Extra challenge: follow through with your ideas.
Going Beyond: Write out today’s scripture in a journal or notebook.