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Unleashed: Baggage Handler

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Acts 8:4: So those who were scattered went on their way proclaiming the message of good news.  (HCSB)

  • Disciples making disciples (Vine Project Model).  And this is happening during a terrifying time of their life.
  • Jews didn’t care for these people. They were considered half-breeds, if you will. They worshiped the same God but had a temple on a different mountain.
  • The story of Jesus is meant to be shared, not kept to ourselves.

So what’s the point of this narrative?  New Christians need to be discipled.

  1. This goes back to the words of Jesus and the Great Commission.
  2. Matthew 28:19-20, Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you.  (HCSB)
  3. Telling people about Jesus and baptizing them is not the end goal.  We are to continue in our walk with them, teaching them along the way (Vine Model).
  4. There has been a lot of debate about Simon.  Some say he “believed” intellectually but was not truly a follower of Jesus.  Others say he was genuinely saved but still dealing with his old worldly ways.
  5. I believe the later.  There is no reason to believe the apostles had not laid their hands on Simon and he received the Holy Spirit.  Also, Peter doesn’t say he wasn’t converted, but to repent and pray for forgiveness – restoration.
  6. We all come to Christ with our own baggage.  Receiving the Spirit doesn’t automatically take away the desires of temptation.  There are patterns we must learn to break.
  7. These are things we were unable to do without the Spirit, but it is a process.  You can look at the Apostle Peter and know this to be the case – in the gospels he sometimes lacked faith and even denied knowing Jesus.  In Galatians, Paul has to disciple Peter for abandoning the Gentile believers.
  8. Discipleship is a lifelong process that is meant to be done within the believing community.  People who come along side of us, especially when we are sinful.
  9. Galatians 6:1-2, Brothers, if someone is caught in any wrongdoing, you who are spiritual should restore such a person with a gentle spirit, watching out for yourselves so you also won’t be tempted.  Carry one another’s burdens; in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. (HCSB)
  • This is the discipleship model.

What does this mean for us?

  • Discipling others can be messy.
  • We can get caught up in being promised heaven, or not going to hell, that we fail to focus on what it is all about – the presence of God.  Discipleship is helping people along.
  • It could be someone who struggles with money, anger, sexual immorality, jealousy, resentment and a whole host of other things. We all come to Jesus with baggage. Some bring more than others, like Simon.
  • As we continue to grow in the Spirit, we help others in their journey.


Where are you on the 'spectrum?'

  1. Are you the one who needs the message of good news?  The person who needs Jesus in their life? No matter what your past or present situation may be, God wants to rescue you from your sin.
  2. Or maybe you are that person who has been saved by the grace of God and you know of someone or helping them to the cross of Christ.
  3. Maybe you are the Christian struggling with some baggage and need someone to come along side you.
  4. You may be the person that person is looking for or you are helping others you brought to Jesus.

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