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The Message that Changed the World. Acts. The Message that Changed the World. Apostles to be witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria , even to the remotest part of the earth 1:8 To the Jew first , and also to the Greek Rom 1:16

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The Message that Changed the World
  • Apostles to be witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, even to the remotest part of the earth 1:8
  • To the Jew first, and also to the Greek Rom 1:16
  • Persecution scatters disciples from Jerusalem to Judea and Samaria 8:1-4
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The Message that Changed the World

Samaritans

  • Mixture of Jews and foreigners/hybrid religion

“a mixed race contaminated by foreign blood and false worship” 2 Kgs 17:24, 32-33

  • Accepted only the 5 books of Moses as inspired of God
  • Pure Jews despised the Samaritans Jn 8:48; Jn 4:9
  • Jesus put Samaritans in good light Lk 10:30-37; 17:11-19
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The Message that Changed the World

Philip, Preacher to the Samaritans

6:1-6

  • One of seven selected to care for the daily distribution of food to the widows
  • A man of good reputation, full of the Spirit and wisdom
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The Message that Changed the World

Simon’s Magic: Samaria Had Been Conned

8:9-11

Sorcerer

pretender to magic powers;

a professor of the art of witchcraft

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The Message that Changed the World

Simon’s Magic: Samaria Had Been Conned

8:9-11

Sorcery

the use of drugs, accompanied by spells and appeals to

occult powers, with charms – all supposedly designed to

keep the patient from the power of demons, but really to

impress him with the mysterious powers of the sorcerer.

often found in connection with idolatry and fostered by it.

the message that changed the world from conned to converted
The Message that Changed the World:From Conned to Converted

Philip’s Miracles and Preaching

8:4-8, 12-13

Works of supernatural origin and character such as could not

be produced by natural agents and means.

Sign

a discernible indication

of what is not itself directly perceptible.

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The Message that Changed the World:From Conned to Converted

Philip’s Miracles and Preaching:

The Conned Were Converted Including the Con Artist

8:4-8, 12-13

Philip preached the word, Christ, the kingdom of God, the

name of Jesus Christ

Samaritans were looking for the Christ

Jn 4:25; Gen 12:3; Num 24:15-19; Dt 18:19-20

They gave attention to what Philip preached about Jesus

because of the signs that they heard and saw-

they believed and were baptized- even Simon

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The Message that Changed the World:From Conned to Converted

The Gospel Message Was Confirmed

By the Apostles and Those Whom They Laid Their Hands On

Mk 16:20; Heb 2:3-4; Acts 8:14-19

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The Message that Changed the World

What About Us Today Who Did Not See the Miracles?

  • The Creation gives us evidence to believe in miracles
  • Miracles would be expected to confirm a Divine message
  • The acceptance of the message throughout the world –

the acceptance of the indiscernable-

points to the validity of the discernable- the signs-

that they did occur and were convincing!

  • Once confirmed, the message needs no further confirmation!
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The Message that Changed the World

Let the good news

confirmed by miracle

change you!