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Sermon Quotes: "To the End of the Earth"

“It was the explicit aim of Jesus, in his earthly ministry, to save and gather a people of God not defined by any one race or ethnicity, or any political banner, but rather defined by faith in himself as the only Savior, absolute Lord, and supreme Treasure. Thus his mission was, among other glorious things, the end of ethnocentrism.” John Piper

“…in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:8

“A more exotic person could hardly be imagined! Not only from one of the most remote regions of the world, he was also an important official there and a eunuch as well.” New Bible Commentary 

“So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls.” Acts 2:41

“And the word of God continued to increase, and the number of disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests became obedient to the faith.” Acts 6:7

“Now those who were scattered went about preaching the word. Philip went down to the city of Samaria and proclaimed to them the Christ. And the crowds with one accord paid attention to what was being said by Philip, when they heard him and saw the signs that he did…So there was much joy in that city.” Acts 8:4-8

“In certain matriarchal governments it was not uncommon for the highest officials, who would have had ready access to Candace, to be eunuchs (whether they were born that way or castrated), for the obvious protection of the queen.” D.A. Carson

“The accumulation of divinely orchestrated events indicates that God wanted this foreigner to hear this gospel.” Craig Keener

“With what Scripture could any evangelist have begun more appropriately in order to preach Jesus to one who did not know him.” F.F. Bruce

“There is no one else in history, apart from Jesus of Nazareth, whom these words can truly be applied.” David Peterson

“How difficult it was to understand the prophecy before it was fulfilled; how easy, once the fulfillment is known.” F.F. Bruce

“Let not the foreigner who has joined himself to the Lord say, ‘The Lord will surely separate me from his people’; and let not the eunuch say, ‘Behold, I am a dry tree.’ For thus says the Lord: ‘To the eunuchs who keep my Sabbaths, who choose the things that please me and hold fast my covenant, I will give in my house and within my walls a monument and a name better than sons and daughters; I will give them an everlasting name that shall not be cut off.” Isa. 56:3-5

“Churches sometimes swing between the extremes of painful obliviousness to ethnic concerns and idolizing the topic as the only thing that matters.” John Piper

“Right now, the church isn’t dabbling in books that are a Diet Coke version of the gospel; we’re dabbling in full-on anti-gospel, anti-Christian reading lists without even saying, ‘Reader beware.’ I would love to see someone address the sufficiency of Scripture to lead us through this-to put at big STOP sign in front of some of those reading lists (or at least a CAUTION) and instead turn our attention to the Scriptures.”

“Although we do not know what happened to the Ethiopian official and whether or not he evangelized anyone in his home, it is clear that by the fourth century AD Christianity was firmly established in his homeland…Thus it is clear that the African experience with the gospel can hardly be relegated to the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth-century encounters with European slave traders and missionaries, as is sometimes alleged. From the very beginning of Christianity there were black believers…So we can conclude that it was clearly a part of God’s plan for the gospel to reach this Black African in the most initial stages of the Christian evangelistic expansion. A Greek-speaking Semitic Jew led a Black African eunuch to Christ in one of the first evangelistic encounters recorded in Christian history, thus setting the stage for the explosion of the gospel into the world that took place over the next thirty years, and giving a foretaste of the mixed composition of the new people of God that will fill the kingdom of Christ.” Daniel Hays

“One sometimes muses that when heaven is entered, comprising all those who contributed in any way to that individual’s salvation-all those who prayed for them; all those who reflected Christ to them; all those who cared for them; all those who taught them some aspect of the gospel, all those who preached the good news to them; all those whose sacrifices and service made possible the ministries which at particular moments influenced them toward Christ; from their earliest days till their final moment of commitment…Every conversion, as we commonly affirm, is a miracle of grace; but it is also a miracle of divine orchestration and human complementariness and community. It is a huge encouragement to all of us, no matter how untutored or, as we may feel, ungifted, to, like Philip, make ourselves available day by day to God the Holy Spirit, so that we may, in ways very often entirely unknown to ourselves, become a link in a chain of redemption. Heaven will be, among many other things, a place of wonderful surprises.” Bruce Milne

“And they sang a new song, saying, ‘Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation…” Revelation 5:9-10