“Building Bridges” – Acts 8:5-25

The best way to repair a bridge is to go to the point where the bridge is damaged.

Philip’s appearance in Samaria carried the power of an olive branch.

“Philip went down to a city in Samaria and proclaimed the Messiah there.” – Acts 8:5

God gave us two ears and one mouth to listen twice as much as we speak.

More bridges are repaired by listening than by speaking.

“And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,  fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” – Hebrews 12:2 

Jesus’ good news of love and forgiveness are for all people equally.

Love and forgiveness are necessary ingredients in repairing bridges.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” – John 3:16 


Study Questions:

1. Who do you find it hardest to love and include?

2. Where do you see a need for unity in your church and community? In your state and nation?

3. Have you seen someone or some group that is good at including the outcasts? What characteristics stood out to you?

4. How can you be part of widening the circle of your church to include those who are currently on the outside?

5. Read and discuss the following verses. What do they tell you about the inclusive nature of the good news of Jesus and our role in sharing it with all people? John 3:17, Colossians 3:12-14, 1 Peter 2:12, Romans 12:16, Galatians 3:26-28.