Bible Study Outline on Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch

Philip Encountered an Ethiopian Eunuch

 

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Philip was one of the 12 apostles of Jesus Christ. One day, an angel told Philip to travel down the desert road that goes from Jerusalem to Gaza. On the way, Philip encountered a Ethiopian eunuch who had gone to Jerusalem to worship and now returning home. The eunuch was an important official as he was in charge of the treasury of Kandake, the queen of Ethiopia.

The Holy Spirit told Philip to go near the chariot of the Ethiopian eunuch. When Philip came near the chariot, he saw that the eunuch was reading the scripture of Isaiah. Philip asked the eunuch if he understand what he reads in the scripture. The eunuch told Philip that he did not understand the passage and he invited him into his chariot.

The eunuch was reading the following passage, “The place of the scripture which he read was this, He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb before his shearer, so opened he not his mouth: In his humiliation his judgment was taken away: and who shall declare his generation? for his life is taken from the earth.”

The eunuch asked who is the passage referring to. Then, Philip started to tell him about the good news of Jesus Christ.

On the journey, they came across a pool of water and the eunuch insisted that he get baptized there. Philip baptized the eunuch. When they came out of the water, the Holy Spirit took Philip away so that the eunuch never see him again. Philip appeared at Azotus, where he kept preaching the gospels in every town.

 

What Can We Learn from Philip and the Eunuch?

 

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Philip was obedient to the Holy Spirit and he encountered the Ethiopian eunuch on the way. We must be obedient and do what God said when God speaks to us. If you are obedient to God’s leading, you will be blessed.

If ye love me, keep my commandments. (John 14:15 KJV)

And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say? (Luke 6:46 KJV)

Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? (Romans 6:16 KJV)

Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. (Matthew 7:21 KJV)

But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. (James 1:22 KJV)

The Ethiopian eunuch was humble. Although he was an important official, he invited Philip into the chariot with him. He respect God’s servants. He acknowledged that he did not understand the scripture and ask Philip to explain it to him. We must not be proud and always be humble to learn and admit our faults.

But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. (James 4:6 KJV)

The good news is for everyone, including the eunuch. Anyone who believe in Jesus Christ can be saved. It is the responsibility of every Christian to spread the gospel so that others can always enter into the kingdom of God.

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. (Romans 10:9-13 KJV)

For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel! (1 Corinthians 9:16 KJV)

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