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March 29, 2018, 12:00 AM

Thursday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Acts 8:5

"Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria and preached Christ to them."

Notice what Philip preached when he arrived in Samaria: Christ! What did that mean in the first century? Remember, they didn’t have the New Testament to use. All they had was the Old Testament. So when Philip "preached Christ to them" (Acts 8:5), he was simply explaining how Jesus Christ fulfilled the Old Testament expectation of the coming Jewish Messiah. The only message the early church had was the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth. "Christ and Him crucified" was the message (1 Corinthians 2:2).

The church today has so muddied the gospel water that we can preach forever and never get around to Christ crucified. We’ve added cultural issues and social issues and theological issues to the gospel which probably would have just confused the first-century Christians. They only had an eyewitness story to tell of a Messiah who died and rose again. That was what Christ did, and that is what the church preached.

And look what happened when Philip preached that simple message. Multitudes of people responded to his preaching and the miracles he performed, "and there was great joy in that city" (Acts 8:6–8).

Bro. Paul

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