Sr. Pastor Darrell G Vaughn
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Text: Acts 8:26-39   (King James Version) When Saul became Paul

  "Father, I am your servant, willing and desiring to be used to bless your people."

                            The Fields are white and the laborers are few!
C.H. Spurgeon said, "If God does not save a man by truth he certainly will not save them by lies, and if the old gospel is not competent to work a revival, then we will do without the revival;"

 

Acts 8:26   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.

Acts 8:27   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,

Acts 8:28   Was returning, and sitting in his chariot read Esaias the prophet.

Acts 8:29   Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot.

Acts 8:30   And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest?

Acts 8:31   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.

Acts 8:32   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:

Acts 8:33   In his humiliation his judgment was taken away: and who shall declare his generation? for his life is taken from the earth.

Acts 8:34   And the eunuch answered Philip, and said, I pray thee, of whom speaketh the prophet this? of himself, or of some other man?

Acts 8:35   Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus.

Acts 8:36   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?

Acts 8:37   And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.

Acts 8:38   And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him.

Acts 8:39   And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing.

 

Let's pray. Father,

Open my eyes so I can see Your truth.

Open my ears so I can hear Your voice.
Open my mind so I can understand Your Word.
And open my heart so I may receive all that You want me to receive. AMEN

 

As the Body of Christ, we have been called by God to continue what Jesus started.
In the Gospels Jesus completed His earthly ministry and in Acts Jesus launches the church into their ministry. In the Gospels the disciples experienced the Holy Spirit through the presence of Jesus, in Acts they experience Jesus through the presence of the Holy Spirit. Acts is physically located between the Gospels and the Epistles, it is a sequel to the events of the Gospels and the doorway to the doctrines of the Epistles.

 

Hebrews 13:8   Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.

 

Romans 10:17   So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

 

Hebrews 11:1   Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

 

Isaiah 53:3   He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

Isaiah 53:4   Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

Isaiah 53:5   But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

 

1 John 4:4   Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them:  because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

 

Mark 16:9   Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils.

Mark 16:10   And she went and told them that had been with him, as they mourned and wept.

Mark 16:11   And they, when they had heard that he was alive, and had been seen of her, believed not.

Mark 16:12   After that he appeared in another form unto two of them, as they walked, and went into the country.

Mark 16:13   And they went and told it unto the residue: neither believed they them.

Mark 16:14   Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen.

Mark 16:15   And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

Mark 16:16   He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

Mark 16:17   And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;

Mark 16:18   They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

Mark 16:19   So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.

Mark 16:20   And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.

 

Philippians 4:13   I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

 

John 1:1   In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

John 1:2   The same was in the beginning with God.

 

John 1:10   He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.

John 1:11   He came unto his own, and his own received him not.

John 1:12   But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

John 1:13   Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

John 1:14   And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

John 1:15   John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me.

 

2 Corinthians 5:17   Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

 

Mark 15:30   Save thyself, and come down from the cross.

Mark 15:31   Likewise also the chief priests mocking said among themselves with the scribes, He saved others; himself he cannot save.

Mark 15:32   Let Christ the King of Israel descend now from the cross, that we may see and believe. And they that were crucified with him reviled him.

Mark 15:33   And when the sixth hour was come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour.

Mark 15:34   And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

Mark 15:35   And some of them that stood by, when they heard it, said, Behold, he calleth Elias.

Mark 15:36   And one ran and filled a sponge full of vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink, saying, Let alone; let us see whether Elias will come to take him down.

Mark 15:37   And Jesus cried with a loud voice, and gave up the ghost.

Mark 15:38   And the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom.

Mark 15:39   And when the centurion, which stood over against him, saw that he so cried out, and gave up the ghost, he said, Truly this man was the Son of God.

 

Luke 8:11   Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.

Luke 8:12   Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.

Luke 8:13   They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away.

Luke 8:14   And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection.

Luke 8:15   But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.

Luke 8:16   No man, when he hath lighted a candle, covereth it with a vessel, or putteth it under a bed; but setteth it on a candlestick, that they which enter in may see the light.

 

2 Chronicles 20:18   And Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground: and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem fell before the LORD, worshipping the LORD.

2 Chronicles 20:19   And the Levites, of the children of the Kohathites, and of the children of the Korhites, stood up to praise the LORD God of Israel with a loud voice on high.

2 Chronicles 20:20   And they rose early in the morning, and went forth into the wilderness of Tekoa: and as they went forth, Jehoshaphat stood and said, Hear me, O Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem; Believe in the LORD your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper.

2 Chronicles 20:21   And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the LORD, and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise the LORD; for his mercy endureth for ever.

2 Chronicles 20:22   And when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten.

 

Mark 9:17   And one of the multitude answered and said, Master, I have brought unto thee my son, which hath a dumb spirit;

Mark 9:18   And wheresoever he taketh him, he teareth him: and he foameth, and gnasheth with his teeth, and pineth away: and I spake to thy disciples that they should cast him out; and they could not.

Mark 9:19   He answereth him, and saith, O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him unto me.

Mark 9:20   And they brought him unto him: and when he saw him, straightway the spirit tare him; and he fell on the ground, and wallowed foaming.

Mark 9:21   And he asked his father, How long is it ago since this came unto him? And he said, Of a child.

Mark 9:22   And ofttimes it hath cast him into the fire, and into the waters, to destroy him: but if thou canst do any thing, have compassion on us, and help us.

Mark 9:23   Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.

Mark 9:24   And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.

Mark 9:25   When Jesus saw that the people came running together, he rebuked the foul spirit, saying unto him, Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee, come out of him, and enter no more into him.

Mark 9:26   And the spirit cried, and rent him sore, and came out of him: and he was as one dead; insomuch that many said, He is dead.

Mark 9:26   And the spirit cried, and rent him sore, and came out of him: and he was as one dead; insomuch that many said, He is dead.

Mark 9:27   But Jesus took him by the hand, and lifted him up; and he arose.

Mark 9:28   And when he was come into the house, his disciples asked him privately, Why could not we cast him out?

Mark 9:29   And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.

 

Mark 11:20   And in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots.

Mark 11:21   And Peter calling to remembrance saith unto him, Master, behold, the fig tree which thou cursedst is withered away.

Mark 11:22   And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.

Mark 11:23   For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.

Mark 11:24   Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

Mark 11:25   And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.

Mark 11:26   But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.

 

Matthew 27:42   He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he be the King of Israel, let  him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him.

Matthew 27:43   He trusted in God; let him deliver him now, if he will have him: for he said, I am the Son of God.

 

Matthew 9:27   And when Jesus departed thence, two blind men followed him, crying, and saying, Thou son of David, have mercy on us.

Matthew 9:28   And when he was come into the house, the blind men came to him: and Jesus saith unto them, Believe ye that I am able to do this? They said unto him, Yea, Lord.

Matthew 9:29   Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you.

Matthew 9:30   And their eyes were opened; and Jesus straitly charged them, saying, See that no man know it.

Matthew 9:31   But they, when they were departed, spread abroad his fame in all that country.

 

Isaiah 43:10   Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.

Isaiah 43:11   I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour.