November 15-21 Family Devotions
Week of November 15 – 21
BAPTISM IS FOR ANYONE AND EVERYONE (Acts 8.26-34)
One of the disciples, a man named Philip, felt like God wanted him to go for a walk on the desert road from Jerusalem to Gaza.
As he started out on his way, he met an important official in charge of all the banks for the Queen of Ethiopia. This Ethiopian man had travelled to Jerusalem to worship God.
He was sitting in his chariot reading from the book of Isaiah in the Bible.
Philip felt like God was asking him to go have a conversation with the Ethiopian official so he walked over to the chariot and said, “Do you understand what you’re reading?”
“How can I” he said, “unless someone explains it to me?” Then he invited Philip to come up and sit with him in the chariot.
The passage of Scripture from Isaiah was about Jesus who was crucified, died, and was buried—but rose again to life on the third day. Philip explained that Jesus is the Son of God who takes away all of our sins… such good news for everyone!
As they traveled along the road, they came alongside a river and the Ethiopian official said, “Look! Here is some water. What can stand in the way of me being baptized?”
He stopped the chariot and both he and Philip went down to the water together… Philip baptized the Ethiopian official and they rejoiced.
“All of you who have been baptized belong to Christ and are becoming more and more like Him.”