Connecting to the Larger Story
As the church grew and there were more demands on the time of the disciples as leaders, they set apart seven deacons to serve the community so that the disciples could focus on proclaiming the gospel. One of those was Stephen who was later stoned for his ministry in the name of Christ. After his execution, many of the new converts and their leaders scattered into the surrounding towns and began to preach there. This spread the gospel beyond Jerusalem. One of those who fled and began preaching in Samaria was Philip.
Important to Note
1) The eunuch was already reading from the Scriptures - specifically the prophet Isaiah - before he ever met Philip and heard about Jesus Christ. Yet he did not understand what it means on his own. Reading Scripture alone was not enough. The eunuch needed to read it alongside another believer to come to a fuller understanding of its meaning.
2) The eunuch then asked what would prevent him from being baptized. The implied answer, of course, was nothing. Not his nationality or ethnicity, not his being a eunuch, not his lack of understanding, nothing could keep him from being baptized if he wanted it.
1) How does being a part of church help us better understand the Scriptures?
2) What stands in the way of our connecting with God?