Church To Go for June 25, 2017: Acts 8:26-40

 

Reading for June 25, 2017: Acts 8:26-40, the baptism of the Ethiopian eunuch

Commentary:

– Eunuchs were men who couldn’t have children and often were servants of royal women (Esther 2:8-15)

– Eunuchs were barred from the temple (Deuteronomy 23:1)

– The eunuch in this story is reading Isaiah 53:7-8

– God proclaims a welcome for eunuchs through the prophet Isaiah (Isaiah 56:1-8)

– The eunuch asks, “What is to prevent me from being baptized?” Technically: everything! His race, his religion, his body. And yet Philip baptizes him!

– How is Jesus talked about in this story?

– Tradition connects this eunuch with “Simeon the Black” in Acts 13:1, and supposedly he takes the gospel to Ethiopia.

– What does this story sound like to someone excluded from church?

 

Audio of “improv sermon” based on questions and thoughts submitted by the congregation!

 

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