Bible Ballistics: Cancer? Pt 2 09/22/13 Vol. 2 No.19
As we continue our discussion about “spiritual cancer” we have looked at the cancer of sin that leads to death and the deliverance that Jesus bought at Calvary. We also looked at real men and women who boldly shared the ‘good news’ of salvation in Jesus. Let’s continue by looking at some others and see what we can learn from them to help stop this “spiritual cancer”, and the death that it brings.
Let’s continue by looking at an evangelist and father named Phillip.
- Acts 8:26-36, “And the angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise, and go toward the south unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza, which is desert. 27 And he arose and went: and, behold, a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch of great authority under Candace queen of the Ethiopians, who had the charge of all her treasure, and had come to Jerusalem for to worship, 28 Was returning, and sitting in his chariot read Esaias the prophet. 29 Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot. 30 And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest? 31 And he said, How can I, except some man should guide me? And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him. 32 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: 33 In his humiliation his judgment was taken away: and who shall declare his generation? for his life is taken from the earth. 34 And the eunuch answered Philip, and said, I pray thee, of whom speaketh the prophet this? of himself, or of some other man? 35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus. 36 And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized?”
We see several things about Phillip;
- 1)He heard and obeyed the voice of the Lord ( now most of us don’t hear from angels but we do have the indwelling Holy Spirit who is there to lead us in all we do),
- 2) he was ready to share as God gave him opportunity,
- 3) he ran to share and listened to what was going on before he spoke!!!,
- 4) he asked questions appropriate to the situation,
- 5) he waited for good questions from his audience,
- 6) he then proceeded to share the “answer”—Jesus, using the information that his audience was familiar with.
We can utilize these six elements of sharing in our own efforts
1) listen to God.
2) watch for opportunities.
3) First be an eager listener.
4) Use questions to see where your audience is.
5) Help them to ask questions and don’t answer before they finish.
6) Then share the truth of Jesus at the level of understanding of your listener.
Yes, Phillip was a “preacher/evangelist” but he was also a faithful father at home (as well as one of the first deacons). In Acts 21:8-9 we find that his children were faithful proclaimers of the good news,
- “And the next day we that were of Paul’s company departed, and came unto Caesarea: and we entered into the house of Philip the evangelist, which was one of the seven; and abode with him. 9 And the same man had four daughters, virgins, which did prophesy.”
Oh that we would share a living and vibrant faith with our children and grandchildren.
What kind of example are we being to those who are watching us?
What do our children and grandchildren see in us?
Do they see in us a life devoted to Jesus and others?
Are we living truth before them in such a way that they want to know the Lord?
Leading them to not only know Him but to also have the courage to share what they know?
My favorite passage in regard to sharing truth, especially with our children, is Deuteronomy 6. Let’s look at a progression that is revealed in this chapter, we won’t have time to look at all of the chapter but we will look at selected verses that give us a good view of the principles presented.
- Deut. 6:4-6, “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord: 5 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. 6 And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:”
This first instruction is to “parents”. We must have the Lord in our own hearts before we can share it with anyone else, especially our family.
Verses 7-9 continue,
- “And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. 8 And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. 9 And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.” (them and they being the “words” of God mentioned in verse 6)
Once we love God ourselves (have been born again) then we are to pass this on by:
- 1)Teaching diligently,
- 2) talking about God’s ways/commands,
- 3) Using “teachable” moments when we are at home, on the go, resting, when we arise, with all we do with our hands, our minds and have scripture pervade our homes.
- 2) talking about God’s ways/commands,
Sripture in our lives—
in our hearts,
in our minds
in our homes.
- Verses 17-18a, “Ye shall diligently keep the commandments of the Lord your God, and his testimonies, and his statutes, which he hath commanded thee. 18 And thou shalt do that which is right and good in the sight of the Lord………”
We are to live what we believe—to “ that which is right and good in the sight of the Lord:” In front of our loved ones!!! In front of the world!!!
Then God goes on to tell us what will come of our faithful practice of these principles in verses 20-21,
- “And when thy son asketh thee in time to come, saying, What mean the testimonies, and the statutes, and the judgments, which the Lord our God hath commanded you? 21 Then thou shalt say unto thy son, We were Pharaoh’s bondmen in Egypt; and the Lord brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand:”.
In other words, if we will live faithfully before our children they will eventually ask us “why” we live like we do? And when they do, we are to tell them what God has done for us. Not just what He’s done for others but what He has done and is doing for US.
To help others avoid the cancer of sins penalty we must share the “good news” — the cure. The “gospel” of Jesus that heals and delivers us from sin.
- John 10:10b, ” I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”
Jesus came to give us deliverance from sin –
- Col 1: 13-14 “Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: 14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:”
We have the cure. Let’s not keep it to ourselves. We must avoid the cancer of sin in our personal lives but just as importantly, we must share the “good news” of the Cross of Christ with others–
- 1 Cor. 2:1-2 “And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. 2 For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.”
Salvation alone in Christ alone—let’s get out the good news—the cure!!!