- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Acts 8
Luke recorded how the Holy Spirit empowered people to witness to Jesus Christ. “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8). It began at Jerusalem, chapter 1-7, and to Judea and Samaria, chapter 8-12, and to the end of the earth, chapter 13-28)
Stephen’s martyrdom was the beginning of persecution in Jerusalem church, which scattered the believers to Judea and Samaria. The Holy Spirit scattered them to go beyond Jerusalem and to continue to witness in Samaria. Saul appeared first time as persecutor of the church. His experience at Stephen’s martyrdom impacted his later life greatly, his conversion, his belief on the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. One commentator said Stephen was a mentor to Saul, later apostle Paul, because Paul’s preaching and theology was based on Stephen’s speech in chapter 7.
Philip was a main figure in chapter 8, doing healing, preaching, and baptizing in Samaria. By Philip, the good news of Jesus Christ crossed the border of Samaria to Caesarea and to Ethiopia through her royal member.
After Reading —- Reflection and prayer.
- Reflect on this question, “What does God speak to me today in this chapter?
- Pray that God’s word today be the way, the life, and the truth to you.
- Live it out through the day.