This fall The Marcella Project will host an eight week series on the Holy Spirit called Inhabit. Okay – so you will now understand my dilemma when I came across this passage in Acts.
Acts 8: 34-40
The eunuch asked Philip, “Tell me, please, who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else?” Then Philip beganwith that very passage of Scripture and told him the good newsabout Jesus.
As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water. What can stand in the way of my being baptized?” And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him.When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him again, but went on his way rejoicing. Philip, however, appeared at Azotus and traveled about, preaching the gospel in all the towns until he reached Caesarea. (NIV)
What? Did he just say the Spirit transported Philip to another place? I just don’t know what to do with the disappearing act? Does he still do that? What? I just have no idea!
How does a preacher deal with that text?