Now those who were scattered went from place to place, proclaiming the word. 5 Philip went down to the city[a] of Samaria and proclaimed the Messiah[b] to them. 6 The crowds with one accord listened eagerly to what was said by Philip, hearing and seeing the signs that he did, 7 for unclean spirits, crying with loud shrieks, came out of many who were possessed; and many others who were paralyzed or lame were cured. 8 So there was great joy in that city.
9 Now a certain man named Simon had previously practiced magic in the city and amazed the people of Samaria, saying that he was someone great. 10 All of them, from the least to the greatest, listened to him eagerly, saying, “This man is the power of God that is called Great.” 11 And they listened eagerly to him because for a long time he had amazed them with his magic. 12 But when they believed Philip, who was proclaiming the good news about the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. 13 Even Simon himself believed. After being baptized, he stayed constantly with Philip and was amazed when he saw the signs and great miracles that took place.
God will always makes a way. Even when we are uncertain about sharing our faith. Even when we feel the audience is hostile or alien, still God will make a way. Are we willing to be God’s way in the world? [hear sermon audio]
This week, take some time to go deeper. Use these scriptures and questions to reflect in your devotion time.
Texts to read:
Questions to ponder:
- What situations in your life seem like insurmountable obstacles?
- What are you most afraid of in that situation?
- What would be the best possible outcome for all involved?
- How do you pray about that situation?
Do and share:
- Share a story online of a time God helped clear a way for you.
- Find a video of your favorite praise music and share in our Facebook group or on Twitter (@dpumc).