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March 17, 2024 Sermon Notes and Questions

Who? Lessor Known People of the Bible 

Phillip and the Ethiopian Eunuch 

Acts 8:25:40 

March 17, 2024 

Darin Elquist 

Message Notes 


Techniques to Avoid When Sharing your Faith 

  1. The Bounty Hunter-

  1. The Intellectual- 

  1. The Secret Agent-

Which Approach is the Best? 

 What is a Eunuch Anyway? 

 A Eunuch was a surgically castrated male. In some ancient civilizations, a man could volunteer for service in the palace on the condition that he surrender all or part of his privates. Along with showing your loyalty, castration also served a practical purpose, the surgery eliminated the most common motives for treachery. Because of this, eunuchs became highly trusted servants of the court. In this case, the eunuch was in charge of all the queen’s and kingdom’s money. 


Probably not the queen’s name, but a title. Similar to Pharaoh. 

 The Four Servant Songs- 

 Isaiah 42:1-4; Isaiah 49:1-6; Isaiah 50:4-9;  

 The Servant song talked about in today’s message is, Isaiah 52:13-53:12 

 Isaiah 53:7-8 (NIV)  

He was oppressed and afflicted, 

yet he did not open his mouth; 

he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, 

and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, 

so he did not open his mouth. 


8 By oppression and judgment he was taken away. 

Yet who of his generation protested? 

For he was cut off from the land of the living; 

for the transgression of my people he was punished. 


The Eunuch asked,  

“Who is the prophet describing?” 

Luke 22:37 

37 For I tell you that this which is written must be fulfilled in Me: ‘AND HE WAS COUNTED WITH WRONGDOERS’; for that which refers to Me has its fulfillment.” 

***Acts 8:37…..The Missing Verse *** 

 Luke’s original manuscript did not contain verse 37 in chapter 8. It just isn’t in any of the early manuscripts. It only appears is the “western” family of manuscripts. They are called “western” because they originated in the Western Roman Empire. At some point some scribe probably thought that the baptism of the Eunuch didn’t make much sense without some kind of conversion record. 

 ***Acts 8:37*** 

“Some manuscripts include here Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.” The eunuch answered, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.”” 

 Harpazo- To carry something away by force.  

  1. Be Sensitive-

  1. Be Available-

  1. Be Proactive 

  1. Be Tactful

  1. Be Precise 


 Phillip and the Ethiopian is only a 13-verse interaction, but a very insightful and powerful 13 verses. From here we can learn everything we need to know about following the prompting of the Holy Spirit. Being obedient and sharing our faith when the Holy Spirit prompts us to do so. 


Aspire Women’s Conference 

Friday March 22, 2024 

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Easter Sunday Pancake Breakfast 

March 31, 2024  



Pastor Bill West’s Retirement Party 

April 20, 2024 1pm to 4pm  

1330 Foster Drive (The Reno Campus) 

Reno Nv 895091

1.What is the Gospel message?

          a. What are some ways we can share the message of the Gospel with others?

          b. Are there any ways we should not share the Gospel message?

2. Read Acts 8:25-28, what is the context of these verses?

          a. Do angels still speak to people today?

          b. Explain why you think they still do, or they no longer speak to us.

3. Who is Phillip in the Bible?

          a. What are some ways we can find out more information about him in the Bible?

4. What is a eunuch in the Bible?

          a. Why did the eunuch in these verses make the trip to Jerusalem?

          b. Is there any such thing as luck?

          c. Does everything that happens always have a reason behind it?

5. From the description of the Eunuch, what are some of the things that we can infer about him that the scriptures don’t tell us?

6. Read Acts 8:29-36, can we understand the Bible just by reading it? Why or why not?

          a. Do you think the people during Jesus’ time had trouble understanding the


          b. What are some troubles they may have had?

7. Read Isaiah 53:7-8, who do you think is being described in these verses?

8. Darin mentioned that Acts 8:37 is not in most of the modern translations, does this mean that the Bible is incomplete? Why or why not?

9. Pray that God would guide you this week for someone to come into your life to start talking to them about their need for Jesus. Stay in tune with the Holy Spirit and let Him guide you through!