Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Philips the evangelist
S - Acts 21:7-9 (NASB)
 7 When we had finished the voyage from Tyre, we arrived at Ptolemais, and after greeting the brethren, we stayed with them for a day. 8 On the next day we left and came to Caesarea, and entering the house of Philip the evangelist, who was one of the seven, we stayed with him. 9 Now this man had four virgin daughters who were prophetesses.

O - I guess there are some modern implication to what the early church was like that I gleaned from the this scripture.  First,  Philip, who was one of the seven appointed by the Apostles to the work of widow ministry.  Now here, years later, he is known as an evangelist in Caesarea where he likely traveled to and began preaching the Gospel.  He had four daughters who where raised in the ways of Christ, and had the gifts of prophecy.   So we can see early on that women where recognized for the spiritual gifts, and likely a vital part to a healthy church. 

A -  The application for me is to understand two points.
1.  Though Philip was chosen for the ministry of the widows early on, one in which I assumed he performed joyfully for the kingdom, he eventually became an evangelist.
2.  All of God's people men, and women, are designed to make up the body of Christ.  There are many gifts, but the same Holy Spirit, and the body needs all to work in their gifts.

P - Dear heavenly Father, thank you for today's lesson, may it be sealed to my heart.  I pray this in Jesus name, Amen.

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