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sermonette: Philip the Witness

Zealous Service With Humility
Ted E. Bowling
Given 08-Feb-15; Sermon #1252s; 16 minutes

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Ted Bowling, recollecting a conversation with his late mother about the identity of Philip, the individual who ministered to the Ethiopian eunuch, affirmed that this same Philip was one of the first seven deacons chosen to serve the neglected Grecian widows, providing sorely needed administrative relief. These men were chosen not only for their administrative savvy, but for their good reputation, character, wisdom, fullness of the Holy Spirit, and humility to serve in lowly and thankless positions. Philip served with Stephen, the first New Testament martyr, whose example was evidently instrumental in the calling and conversion of the apostle Paul. With the death of Stephen, Philip stepped in to fill the gap, preaching and serving the needs of the congregation in Samaria, evidently swelling the size of the fellowship with his dynamic preaching, providing Peter with a large number of candidates for baptism. At the peak of this accomplishment, he was removed from this responsibility and sent on another assignment, involving more uncertainty and arduous travel; Philip accepted this charge without complaining or grumbling, being willing to serve in any assigned capacity. When he encountered the Ethiopian eunuch, an official of Queen Candace, he approached the task of helping this single individual to understand with the same alacrity as teaching a multitude, leading to the baptism and conversion of this man. Philip teaches us that we do not have to preach to multitudes in order to be used by God; we never know in what capacity God may use us. As long as we humbly are willing to serve in any capacity, being willing to wash feet, God will find a use for us.

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Acts 1:28; 21:8 Administrative duties All service important Being ready to give a defense of our beliefs Disgruntled members angered at ministry Durham, North Carolina Ethiopian eunuch Faithful in little things I Peter 3:15 Humility Isaiah Leaving room better than when we found it Scattering Seven men of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and of wisdom Serving the tables Stephen Success measure by obedience and service Waiting on tables Washing feet Willingness to serve Zeal