How we relate to guides:
- Human nature: We’d rather not have a guide because we don’t want to need one.
- Conditions so severe that we accept the help of guides:
- When the place is really unknown
- When the topic is really important
- When the outcome really matters
- Connecting the need of guides to the pursuit of God.
Acts 8:25-30, One man’s attempt at a self-guided tour
- The mysterious element of the text and the questions raised
- Most question are answered when the man in the chariot speaks, “How can I understand if there is no one to guide me?”
- Summary of the story: A man needed a guide, and God sent one. Needed for he was going where no man can go.
- Flow of the story:
- Traveling in Chariot
- Important position defined
- Just visited the holy land and the holy city
- Is leaving with unanswered questions
- Conclusion – He still needs a guide
- Modern day applications
- Illustration of needing a guide when I didn’t know it.
Acts 8:31-35, Philip and the work of being a guide
- The guide’s work is focused. It is clear. Leading someone to Jesus.
- Qualifications and actions of the guide:
- Guides know about Jesus
- Guides take the initiative to connect people to Jesus
- Guides are well informed about the gospel
- Guides leave room for Jesus and Scripture to do the convincing
Example: Mugurel, a man who needed a guide
Guides lead people into uncertainty, therefore we can expect to encounter the accompanying emotions.
- Guides move people onto unexplored territory
- They have been there before
- There are many steps along the path, each generating emotional challenge
- Wisdom for the guide – How do we keep moving people through the uncertainty? Ask permission to take a brief look at what is around the corner.
Guides rejoice in the gospel that is powerful, life-giving…connecting man to God.
- Rejoicing in the Gospel
- A noble and glorious task. We are honored.
- Invite a neighbor, friend, or co-worker to join you for church this holiday season. Urge those who are hurting to take advantage of TCC’s free biblical counseling.
- Each day this week pray for boldness and clarity in representing Christ; pray for yourself and those with whom you might serve as a guide to knowing Jesus.
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