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Now what?

For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.”

Romans 10:11

Watch Session Four: The Turning Point

In Acts 8, we find an Ethiopian eunuch reading a portion of Scripture found in the book of Isaiah. He is confused about who the Scripture is referring to, so God directs Philip, one of the seven deacons, to join the eunuch. Philip then explains the good news of Jesus with the eunuch. The eunuch is so moved and convicted by the gospel that he insists that Philip baptize him.

We know that we need a savior. Now what do we do? We believe.

Believe the Good News

In today’s Scripture reading, we see that salvation involves both confession and belief. We must believe the truth about Jesus, that he is the Son of God who descended to earth to die for our sins and that he rose from the dead.

Our world thinks of Jesus’s resurrection as a hoax, ridiculing and rejecting those who believe. But in today’s Scripture reading, God promises that everyone who believes in Jesus will not be put to shame. When we accept the truth about who Jesus is and believe in him for salvation, God accepts us.

Salvation is available to anyone who confesses Jesus as Lord and believes in him. Before Jesus came to earth, Israel enjoyed a special relationship with God that other nations (the Gentiles) did not. But when Jesus died, he provided access to God for anyone who will come to him. Neither our nationalities nor our ethnicities gain us special favor in God’s eyesight. We are accepted only because of Jesus.

The eunuch and Philip were from two different countries, one from Israel and the other from Ethiopia. When Philip shared the gospel with the eunuch, the Ethiopian believed and was not denied salvation. As our Scripture today insists, everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.


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A virgin gave birth to a special boy. That boy grew into a man who claimed to be the Son of God. The Son of God died for your sins and was resurrected three days after his death. Now he offers salvation to all who will believe in him. Are these facts hard for you to believe? What thoughts keep playing on repeat mode in your mind? What would it take to make you believe Jesus’s claim as the Son of God?

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These facts are not hard for me to believe. The thought that kept playing on my mind is that a king dies for me. I do not deserve his affection at all. I already claim Jesus is the son of God. I do not deserve his love and death on the cross for me.

I believe that God is the father. I believe that Jesus died for my sins. I believe he rose again. I believe in his promises. I believe I am who he says I am. I believe in the trinity. I believe he was born to a virgin. I believe he offers salvation to all who believe. It is miraculous and at times, hard to believe but it’s the truth.

Although I do believe and trust in my faith, something with holds me back, or gives me pause, is: if I was alive while this was all happening, I don’t think I would have believed. Maybe I discredit myself and I would have, or I would have just been on the fence, or I wouldn’t have unless I met Jesus or until after the resurrection.
Maybe the answer is just "I don’t know." But it makes me feel… weird.

I do not have a hard time believing these facts. It’s a wonderful mystery, that in time we will come to understand deeper than we do now. All the what’s, why’s and how’s will be answered by and by. A tender heart and faith are key to accepting these facts. And, unfortunately, so is destitution.
The story of Philip and the Ethiopian eunch is one of my favourites. If only it were that easy for me to share the gospel and see my friends and family come to faith in God Almighty, as it was for Philip. Boldness may be what I need to pray for.

It took me years of searching for fulfillment on all earthly plains. I believed in God for 10 years before I committed myself to Jesus as my personal savior. I hope others don’t have to search as long as I did. Because Jesus shows me the way to live and the way to His father.

The beginning of John’s Gospel says it completely. In the beginning the word was with God and is God. Nothing was created that was not created by "the Word"….and then the Word became flesh – Jesus Christ. I believe this completely. I believe that Jesus took the punishment for my sins on the cross. He died. He was buried. He rose showing He defeated death. Yes, I believe in the salvation of Jesus’ blood. And I believe in the Spirit of God as my connection with my creator.

The fact that it is unbelievable is what makes it special! How could God love us (me) so much that He made the ultimate sacrifice of His son?! That is truly great love.

Yes, of course the facts are bit hard to believe. They are completely contradictory to everything we witness and are taught about human "life and death" in this world we are experiencing. – But he is more than this existence.
Thoughts that play on repeat in my mind mostly include just wanting to know more. I wish I could learn more about what it was like for him growing up as a child. I wish I could know what he thought about and if he knew who he was when he was little. I also wonder about somethings in his adult life. Did he ever feel annoyed with everyday things, what was his sense of humor like or was marriage ever on the table?
Generally speaking for me to believe in things it has to make sense. And this does! Alone and isolated independently the details maybe not so much in the everyday experience way but with the eternal as scale in the big picture kind of way all the pieces fit perfectly.

It’s not hard to believe, it’s difficult for my human finite brain to comprehend. I believe with every fiber of my being that Jesus came to earth as a baby and lived and died just for me. I don’t deserve the gift he gave me. There is nothing that I can ever do to deserve it, but I can tell everyone about him. I can share this good news. I can share my testimony. After what I have experienced the past 5 weeks, GOD IS REAL!!! He is a living presences in my life. He is personal and now I don’t just know him, I see him.

When I was in my 20’s I rationalized what actually, and honestly sounds more like what had happened. It is easier to believe that Mary had sex before marriage and to hid it she said a miracle happened. That this all is not real it was just one big scale that got out of control. But for me the turning point is the circles I look back on in my life and say that could only have been God. The feeling of God around me, and my favorite, when I speak and don’t know what to say when someone needs help, that God uses me and speaks for me! All of these things and so much more backs up all of what the Bible says.

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