Becoming Philips Today
An angel of the Lord spoke to Philip. The angel said, “Get ready and go south on the road that leads down to Gaza from Jerusalem—the road that goes through the desert.” Acts 8:26 ERV
We find something important for us in Acts 8—about how the Gospel reaches people beyond our community and transforms all those who have faith in Jesus Christ. Overcoming deep-seated divides of the first century and reaching people well beyond our own circles, the Gospel will reach people in every part of the world (Acts 1:8), even those who are far away (Acts 2:38).
God’s Spirit drove Philip to this traveler who was from Ethiopia: “The Spirit said to Philip, ‘Go to that chariot and stay near it.’ So he went toward the chariot, and he heard the man reading from Isaiah the prophet. Philip asked him, ‘Do you understand what you are reading?’” (Acts 8:29-30) God took Philip into the desert and put him in the path of the traveler (and told him to stay near the man), and Philip responded with faith.
That simple question Philip asked—do you understand what you are reading—is the question everyone should face when considering God’s Word. Understanding God’s Word is how we grasp the Gospel—it makes Jesus’ accessible in a way that will transform all who believe.
“The official said to Philip, ‘Please, tell me, who is the prophet talking about? Is he talking about himself or about someone else?’ Philip began to speak. He started with this same Scripture and told the man the Good News about Jesus” (Acts 8:34-35).
The heart of Bible League International’s global ministry is Project Philip—evangelistic and discipleship Bible studies and training to encourage new faith, share God’s Word, and empower and equip believers in under-resourced churches throughout the world. When trained as Philips themselves (Project Philip Bible study leaders), believers learn the simple and bold expectation that everyone with faith in Jesus is called to help others understand and believe the Gospel.
This is how God’s Word reaches those in need today—and transforms their lives.
Wanja is a young woman raised in a ghetto known as Kariobangi in Kenya. She had heard the Gospel her entire life, trusted Jesus as her Savior long ago, “but I never knew how to learn from the Bible—how I should live, and I never knew that faith in Jesus is for everyone,” she admits. “Through Project Philip, I am learning to understand God’s Word—how to solve the problems in my life and how to help others believe in Jesus. I am a changed person.”
And from the Dominican Republic, Edwardo relayed his story, “I wanted to understand God’s Word, but I never had the guidance and training I needed. I just sat in the church. But then I was invited to a new Project Philip Bible study, and I am so thankful. Now I have boldness, not just knowledge. And now I teach others God’s Word.”
This is how God’s Word is transforming thousands and thousands of lives throughout the world today—through Project Philip Bible studies. When you help reach people with God’s Word, it’s Project Philip that makes an impact in their lives and their communities.
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