Passage: Acts 8

The church spreads the message of Jesus to people in Jerusalem and beyond.

Occasionally we encounter someone with incredible passion for the Gospel, and we wonder what makes them different. We might think their passion results from the gift of evangelism or a powerful conversion story.

“Those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went” (Acts 8:4). 

In reality, their enthusiasm stems from a deep understanding of what Jesus has done for them. This knowledge has transformed their behavior. The believers in Acts were undergoing tremendous persecution. Their lives were threatened if they spoke of Jesus, yet “those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went” (Acts 8:4). Jesus is alive, and He is the only way to God. Not even death could prevent the early church from sharing the Gospel with the world.

To see the Gospel spread and lives changed, we need to do more than pray. We need to go! In Acts 8, Philip was so passionate about the good news he ran alongside the Ethiopian’s chariot waiting for an opportunity to share the Gospel. If you’re not running with the Gospel, it’s time to reevaluate what Jesus did for you. Our only reasonable response to all He’s done for us is to get moving!

  • What does this passage teach us about God? How does it apply to you?
  • How has the Gospel changed you? How has it changed what you talk about?
  • Can a person know Jesus and not want to tell others about Him? Why or why not?