The Daily Fountain Devotional of the Church Of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) 7 June 2022 ~ Urgent Need For Follow-Up
TOPIC: Urgent Need For Follow-Up
READ: Acts 8:14-17 (NKJV)
- Now when the apostles who were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them,
- who, when they had come down, prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit.
- For as yet He had fallen upon none of them. They had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
- Then they laid hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.
Young converts need a lot of assistance from the older ones in the faith. Philip preached the word in Samaria, and many of them became converted. However, there was a challenge of a witch doctor in the land – Simon the sorcerer – who amazed the people of Samaria for a long time through witchcraft (verse 11).
The Apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God and they quickly sent Peter and John to them (verse 14). When they came, they saw the need to minister to them about the Holy Spirit. The new believers were filled with the Holy Spirit and were encouraged. The sorcerer, Simon, was confronted by the Apostles and he surrendered to the supreme power of the Almighty God (verse 24).
The promise of the Holy Spirit is for all believers in Christ (Acts. 2:39). It is very important that young converts should be exposed to the ministry of the Holy Spirit as soon as they begin their journey of faith in Christ. This underscores the need for intentional discipleship. There are many powers of darkness and false doctrines that contend for the faith of the new convert. Let the Church never leave them alone without getting them grounded in the faith.
PRAYER: Pray for new converts in your Church or fellowship to become established in the faith.