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The Faithful Ordinary - Philip the Available One

As you read about the lives of the great heroes of faith in the bible, it’s easy to forget that they were human, just like us.


Acts 6:1-7, 17, 26-40

It’s pretty exciting what God can do when ordinary believers say, “Yes Lord, I am available!”

As you read about the lives of the great heroes of faith in the bible, it’s easy to forget that they were human, just like us. That’s why we’re currently exploring the lives of the Faithful Ordinary. Take Philip for example. Some know him as Philip the Evangelist, because of his conversation with the Ethiopian Eunuch in his chariot. Many know him as Philip the Deacon, because he was one of the 7 men selected by the apostles to oversee the food distribution for the widows in the church (Acts 6). But I like to think of him as ‘Philip the Available One’. Caring for the widows was not a glamorous role – but one that required godly character, and a willingness to serve. And so, Philip agreed. In essence, he said “Yes Lord, I am available.”


Then when intense persecution broke out against the church in Jerusalem and the believers scattered, Philip went into Samaritan territory, and shared the gospel with the people group that the Jews loved to hate. Philip would have probably preferred to be somewhere else. Yet again, “Yes Lord, I am available.”


God blessed the ministry. There were miraculous signs, and many became believers. But God interrupted Philip and told him to go south to the desert road. Then told him to get close to a chariot. Philip had to run to it, but once again, “Yes Lord, I am available.” And so, he wound up sharing the good news of Jesus Christ with the high-ranking Egyptian Eunuch and baptising him.


It’s pretty exciting what God can do when ordinary believers say, “Yes Lord, I am available!”


Pastor Ben

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