Re:Verse reading–Acts 6:8-10, 7:54-58, 8:1-5, 26-38 (day one)
“Do you understand what you are reading? “–8:30
In 1975, Bill Hybels started Willow Creek Community Church in a west-side suburb of Chicago. A church designed to be “seeker sensitive”–aware of the questions and concerns of people who do not yet know the Lord, with church activities and services shaped around the mindset of “seekers” (Hybel’s word).
In AD 33, Deacon Philip gave us a different version of being sensitively aware of “people not yet reached”. Both seeker sensitive and Spirit sensitive, Philip got near enough to the Ethiopian Eunuch to hear him reading scripture (aloud, as was the ancient practice) and offered help in interpreting the meaning. Brilliant. Kind. Considerate. Philip’s offered friendship became, for this man, a door into light and life.
MANY are “white unto harvest” said Jesus in John 4, prepared by the drawing work of the Spirit. Are you being sensitive to them? Are you ready to speak when your opportunity comes?