Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Philip and Simon the sorceror

Bible 1
After Stephen was stoned to death he was buried and mourned by the Christians. Saul, who had supervised the stoning, started going from house to house dragging Christians off to prison. As the persecution grew, Christians were scattered throughout Judea and Samaria. Only the Apostles were left in Jerusalem.
Bible 2
Those who had been forced out of Jerusalem told people about Jesus wherever they went. One Christian, Philip, went to the city of Samaria and started proclaiming about Jesus. Crowds gathered to hear what he had to say.
Bible 3
They listened carefully as Philip spoke and saw the power of God as lame and paralysed people were healed. Some were freed from the power of evil spirits. There was great joy in the city.

Bible 4
One man who came to hear Philip was Simon, a sorcerer, who had boasted he was someone great. People had been impressed with his powers. and called him ‘The great power of God’. But when they saw what Philip did in the name of Jesus they believed what he said instead.
Bible 5
Many of the Samaritans believed in Jesus and were baptized.
Bible 6
Simon also turned away from sorcery, believed in Jesus and was baptised. He followed Philip wherever he went, amazed at the miracles he saw.

Bible 7
News of what was happening in Samaria soon reached the apostles in Jerusalem. Peter and John travelled to Samaria to find out what was happening.
Bible 8
They prayed for new believers and placed their hands on them to receive the Holy Spirit
Bible 9
When Simon saw the power of the Holy Spirit at work he offered money to Peter. ‘Give me this ability to put my hands on people so they receive the Holy Spirit,’ he begged.

Bible 10
‘May your money perish with you for thinking you could buy the gift of God with money,’ Peter answered. ‘You have no part in this work as your heart is not right with God. Repent and pray that God will forgive you, for you are a man full of bitterness and disobedience.’ ‘Pray to the Lord for me,’ begged Simon, ‘so that nothing you say will happen to me.’
Bible 11
After telling others about Jesus in Samaria, Peter and John returned to Jerusalem peaching in Samaritan villages along the way.

Philip and Simon the sorceror
Philip preaching in Samaria and the conversion of Simon the sorceror.
Acts 8:1-25

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