According to the Biblical gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John and the Book of Acts, Chapters 6 and 8, Philip was a disciple of Jesus Christ and one of the early church's 12 apostles. He is depicted in the Book of Acts as regularly preaching the good news of salvation from sin and God's wrath through faith in Jesus Christ. While he proclaimed the gospel in Jerusalem, Samaria and beyond, he is perhaps most well known for his encounter with an Ethiopian Eunuch.
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Philip and the Ethiopian
After preaching the gospel throughout Samaria with Peter and John, and dealing with a sorcerer named Simon, Philip returned to Jerusalem, where he received a command from an angel of the Lord to go south to a desert road that ran from Jerusalem to Gaza. On his way, Philip encountered an Ethiopian official who was in charge of the treasury of the Queen of the Ethiopians and was on his way home after worshipping at the temple in Jerusalem.
The official had been reading a passage from the Old Testament book of Isaiah and asked Philip to explain it to him. Philip explained that the passage was predicting the sacrificial death that Jesus Christ would accomplish for sinners. The Ethiopian official believed Philip and asked to be baptised. Immediately after baptising the man, Philip was whisked away by the Spirit of the Lord and taken elsewhere to continue preaching the gospel.
Bible Chariot Craft
Share the story of Philip and the Ethiopian and read from Acts, Chapter 8 to the children. Then, give students the opportunity to make a craft that will help them remember the lesson. Use milk cartons, pipe cleaners, paint and glue to have students construct a chariot like the one that the Ethiopian official was travelling in when he encountered Philip.
Teach the story of Philip and the Ethiopian to the children and then help the children practice a memory verse, such as Acts 8:39, to help them remember the story. Then, pass out a colouring sheet of Philip baptising the Ethiopian official. While the children colour, talk about the story with them and ask them questions about the facts and significance of the story. Ask the children whether God wanted his gospel to be shared with all people or just some people, and show how the story of Philip and the Ethiopian official demonstrates that the former is true.
Help children remember the story of Philip and the Ethiopian with mazes, true-or-false questions, crossword puzzles and word searches that involve Philip and the Ethiopian official. Use fill-in-the-blank questions with older children to help them process the events and facts of the story.
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