Acts 8:4-8..4 Therefore those who were scattered went everywhere preaching the word. 5 Then Philip went down to the[a] city of Samaria and preached Christ to them. 6 And the multitudes with one accord heeded the things spoken by Philip, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did. 7 For unclean spirits, crying with a loud voice, came out of many who were possessed; and many who were paralyzed and lame were healed. 8 And there was great joy in that city. How many of you think that you can perform miracles today? In this passage when they referred to Philip think they were referring to the Apostle Philp? If you thought that Philip in this passage was an Apostle you would be wrong. To give a little background about this Philip in this passage of scripture he was a deacon. But more important he was a believer in Christ. Philp was a Greek Jew appointed as one of the deacons in charge of food distribution (just a fancy way of saying a waiter or maybe a cook). Philp like most Christians left Jerusalem to spread the gospel wherever he went, but alike most of them, he didn’t limit his audience to other Jews. He went directly to Samaria, the last place many Jews would go, due to age-old prejudice. The Samaritans responded in large numbers. When the word got back to Jerusalem, Peter and John were sent to evaluate Philp’s ministry. They became quickly involved themselves, seeing firsthand God’s acceptance of those who previously were considered unacceptable (remember Philp was deacon waiting on tables).
If we read further in the 8th chapter of Acts God directed Philp out of the desert for an appointment with an Ethiopian eunuch (meaning man that is celibate) another foreigner, who had been in Jerusalem, Philp went immediately. His effectiveness in sharing the gospel with this man placed a Christian in a significant position in a distant land, and may well have had an effect on an entire nation. Whether or not you are a follower of Christ, Philp’s life presents a challenge. To those still outside the gospel, he is a reminder that the gospel is for you also! To those who have accepted Christ, he is a reminder that we are not free to disqualify anyone from hearing about Jesus.
The topic we need to explore today is “The Miracles We May Performed”. I asked the question to you how many of you feel that you could perform a miracle of miracles. How do we as believers know that we are performing miracles when we pray for healing for others? Actually, we may not know, but if we as a church believe in Jesus Christ and the gospel we also must believe that God can use us to do his will. Just in this example in the passage of scripture Philp was used by God to performed miracles even though he wasn’t an Apostle or leader in the church of Christ. The point here is that if God can use Philp a waiter in the church, God can also use any of us to perform miracles.
Let’s compare Philp’s life to our own. Philp was one the seven organizers of food distribution in the early church. We all here at prepared for as well as served people with food at various events in the church. So we all have been at waiter from time to time. Philp became an evangelist and one of the traveling missionaries in the early church. Regarding us we are all evangelist whether we like it or not as Christians. When we join the church of Christ you become a disciple of Christ, and what do disciples do they spread the good news. We might spread the good news regarding Jesus Christ by praying for someone. We might spread the good news by given someone a scripture from the bible or just a testimony. Whenever we are doing anything with faith in Christ in the church you are evangelizing. Philp obeys the command of God and began his ministry. One of the hardest thing for Christians as well as non-believers is to obey a calling you may have. Some people have certain gifts I believe they are blessed with from God. This gift that you have whether you are believers or not in Christ is given to you by God. I believe with all my heart that God places mankind here for a purpose. We as Christians must pray for understanding of what is God’s purpose in our lives if you don’t know it. And finally, Philp was a careful student of the Word of God and could explain the meaning of the word of God clearly. We as Christians must all study the word Of God to explain it clearly to others who might ask us what it means.
What can we learn from Philp’s example of evangelism? We learn that God finds great and various uses for those willing to obey Him wholeheartedly. The gospel of Jesus Christ is universal. Also that the whole Bible, not just the New Testament, helps us understand more about our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Both was a response (the Samaritans) and the individual response (the man from Ethiopia) to the gospel of Jesus Christ are valuable.
As just as Philp did what he did in the early church spreading the gospel of Christ to all and performing miracles we too can do the same. Let me give you some modern day examples of what I am talking about. I will express this by giving you some testimonies:
I had lunch near Cincinnati Ohio with an old co-worker named Charlie Keck. September 27, 2002. Charlie was an engineer who lived in Tipp City Ohio. His wife was named Geri, and she’d had lupus. She’d *had* lupus. But she didn’t have it anymore. She and Charlie had treated it for years, prayed for years that it would be healed, and it wouldn’t budge. Then one morning at her Bible study, a woman suddenly stood up and said, “God just told me to pray for you, to be healed, RIGHT NOW.” So they did. And Geri felt this warm sensation flushing through her abdomen and the lupus was healed. Just like that. No more doctor visits, no more treatments. The whole chronic disease, gone.
I got to Rajahmundry, India in June 2007 with the customer service manager at my company, Jeremy Flanagan. Jeremy, as it turns out, has been having experiences like this himself. Healing people. At a church service one Sunday, the pastor, Isaiah Gottimukkala, invites anybody who wants any kind of healing prayer to line up in front of Jeremy. Jeremy calls me over to help him and we start prayin’ for people. One woman, maybe 60 years old, had fallen a year ago and hurt her arm. She could not raise her elbow past the middle of her chest. When she moved her arm up and down she complained that her shoulder would crack and pop and Jeremy and I could feel that too, when we put our hands on her shoulder when she’d move it. He started praying for her. Probably spent 15 minutes. By the time Jeremy was done both shoulders felt identical, there was no cracking and she could raise her arm above her head on her own strength. I asked her to do it for me and I snapped a picture. She said it didn’t hurt anymore and both arms were equally good.
Another lady, Mary, maybe 30 years old, had somewhat recently had brain surgery to remove a cancerous tumor. She pulled her hair back and I could tell just brushing my hand over her head that there was a big piece of her skull taken out and a large indention on her head. She complained that she’d been having seizures since the operation, and she has had no feeling anywhere in her left arm. Jeremy started praying that God would heal her entire skull and put everything back. We prayed for her and prayed for her. After about a half hour her head hadn’t changed but she started feeling tingling on her skin and by the time we were done, she said she could feel everything with her left arm exactly like her right arm.No success on her skull filling in. Not yet anyway. But she was VERY excited about the feeling come back in her left arm!
These testimonies are modern events of miracles that take place in our period in time. It only proves that God can use anyone He chooses to express His love, grace, and mercy. Who’s to say that we can perform miracles at Community Church of God here at Park Trace. I believe miracles can happen in our lives. I am a living testimony of that myself with my accident I mentioned before. The people who prayed for a miracle in my life were just Christians just like you. I according to the doctors was supposed to die but I am still here. Praise the Lord for his grace and mercy for the miracles we may still do here at Community Church of God . I submitted a gospel video that expresses what God can do in our lives if we only believe in Jesus Christ. Enjoy this video. Always Remember to Keep the Faith and God loves You and So Do I!!!
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Written by Kofi Baruti
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