Real Ministry Opportunities
July 17, 2005
INTRODUCTION: The Apostle Peter is once again high-lighted in the text before us. Peter speaks of "the manifold grace of God" (1 Peter 4:10), meaning, thereby that Divine grace shows itself in a remarkable variety of ways. Few things in this Book of Acts are more interesting than the illustrations given of the different methods used in the supernatural work of redemption. It is in this passage that we see different pictures of what the Gospel can do.
Most of the places, if not all, that Peter traveled to, Philip had preceded him. This passage is a tribute to the sensitiveness of Peter, but also the ministry of Philip. It could be referred to as "What Peter found in Philip's tracks." Remember, he followed him into Samaria and these mentioned cities. There are enough statements and suggestions in Scripture to indicate that Philip's goings were marked by a trail of blessing.
"As surely as a ship leaves a wake in the deep, so surely does every man leave a trail of blessing or cursing behind him." There are those "who passing through the Valley of Baca make it a well." (Ps. 84:6)
Psalms 84:6, "As they pass through the Valley of Baca,
they make it a spring; the rain also covers it with pools."
"Baca" – means weeping
"Pools" – means blessing
Does our passage through leave lives richer or poorer, elevated or sunken, nearer heaven or closer to hell? D.L. Moody passed through the cities of Great Britain and Ireland and left behind him a trail of Bible Institutes. evangelistic associations, missions, revived churches, and redeemed lives.
How many broken hearts comforted, broken lives (families) mended, broken homes rebuilt, would one have found in his trail?
Yet, there is still work to do. Let not Peter despise the partial work of Philip, nor let Philip resent the coming of Peter.
I. THE MINISTRY BEFORE PETER. 32-33
A. THE EXPANSION OF THE CHURCH. 3 ...
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