Philip and the Ethiopian


Scripture Reference: Acts 8:4-5, 26-40

Story Overview: An angel of God told Philip to go to a certain desert road that led to Gaza. Philip did just as the angel said and he found a very important man riding in a chariot. This man was from the country of Ethiopia and he was a chief official of the

Queen. He was reading from an Old Testament scroll but was not able to understand it. Philip got into the chariot with the man and began explaining what it meant and all about Jesus. When the chariot passed some water, the official asked Philip to baptize him (and he did!)

Suggested Emphasis: Teachers, preachers, elders, and other Christians can help us understand the bible.

Background Study
Way to Introduce the Story
The Story
Review Questions
Craft and Activity Ideas
Other Online Resources

Background Study:

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Way to Introduce the Story:
Before class use a sheet of paper to write the words from Isaiah that the Eunuch was reading: “He was led like a sheep to the slaughter, and as a lamb before the shearer is silent, so he did not open his mouth. In his humiliation he was deprived of justice. Who can speak of his descendants? For his life was taken from the earth.” (Acts 8:32b-33) Roll the paper up to form a scroll. When the children arrive open the scroll and have one of the children read it. Ask them what this verse means and then discuss the fact that sometimes the word of God can be difficult to understand. Elders, preachers, bible class teachers, and others who study their bibles can often help us to understand what we read. In today’s story we are going to read about a man who read the very same verses that we just read. Someone helped him to understand.

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The Story:

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Review Questions:

  1. Who told Philip to go to the desert road to Gaza? An angel of the Lord
  2. What was the Ethiopian Official riding in? A chariot
  3. What was the Ethiopian Official doing when Philip first saw him? Reading a scroll of the book of Isaiah
  4. What did the Ethiopian Official want to do after Philip taught him about Jesus? He wanted to be baptized
  5. Sing “Love is Something if You Give it Away” lyrics here

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Craft and Activity ideas for the class (choose age appropriate ones):

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Other Online Resources:

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One Response to Philip and the Ethiopian

  1. bjatons9463 says:

    Lesson plan that could easily be adapted for an age. Great memory verse activity found at http://kidsbibledebjackson.blogspot.co.nz/2012/10/philip-ethiopian-eunuch.html

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