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Philip in Samaria June 17, 2016

Posted by flashbuzzer in Books, Christianity.
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Here are my thoughts on Acts 8:4-8.

Summary: In this passage, Philip traveled to a city in Samaria and proclaimed the Gospel message. He demonstrated the power of his words by:

  • healing those with physical infirmities
  • driving out evil spirits

and the denizens of that city were overjoyed.

Thoughts: Here, we see that Philip performed many miracles to reinforce his teaching. Would the Samaritans have heeded his words if he had not performed these miracles? Have miracles facilitated the conversion of any unbelievers in the 21st century? Are modern-day unbelievers more skeptical than those Samaritans regarding miracles (especially since our understanding of science has improved by leaps and bounds since the 1st century)? On a related note, I believe that:

  • while God has called all believers to obey the Great Commission, He does not command all believers to perform miracles in the process
  • He has called us to place our ultimate trust in the power of the Holy Spirit as we fulfill the Great Commission – as only He can change the hearts of unbelievers.
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