God Works Behind The Scenes

One of the hard things about waiting for God to fulfil His promises is that we can only see with our natural eyes. God is actually working behind the scenes all the time, but so often we can’t see what is going on behind the scenes. Children eagerly anticipate getting...

Confusion?

There are elements in the passage we studied tonight (Acts 8:4-25) which are very confusing and have been divisive throughout history. The confusion arises over why the Samaritans did not receive the Holy Spirit when they believed Philip’s message but only when the...

Buying God’s Favour

No one could accuse Luke of glossing over confusing and unappealing parts of the story! We have already seen how Ananias’ and Sapphira’s actions led to judgment and death (Acts 5:1-12), and now we have the story of Simon the Sorcerer, whose name gives us the word...

Sharing The Good News

What is so remarkable about Acts 8:4-16 is the fact that Philip and others shared the good news so enthusiastically with the Samaritans. The Samaritans and Jews had a long history of enmity. We know from John 4:9 that Jews and Samaritans did not associate with each...

Proclaiming the Good News

As we approach Christmas-time, proclamation becomes a popular word in the Christian vocabulary. To proclaim means to announce officially or publicly and we often think of this word in connection to the angelic hosts who brought people the first news of the birth of...