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Acts 8:14-24

Now when the apostles at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them. The two went down and prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit (for as yet the Spirit had not come upon any of them; they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus). Then Peter and John laid their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit. Now when Simon saw that the Spirit was given through the laying on of the apostles’ hands, he offered them money, saying, “Give me also this power so that anyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit.” But Peter said to him, “May your silver perish with you, because you thought you could obtain God’s gift with money! You have no part or share in this, for your heart is not right before God. Repent therefore of this wickedness of yours, and pray to the Lord that, if possible, the intent of your heart may be forgiven you. For I see that you are in the gall of bitterness and the chains of wickedness.” Simon answered, “Pray for me to the Lord, that nothing of what you have said may happen to me.”

Acts 8:20

Peter answered [Simon the Sorcerer], “May you and your money go to hell, for thinking that you can buy God’s gift with money!”

Cornelius the Gentile

In verses 1-8, we read about the centurion named Cornelius.

It’s significant that he receives a vision from God.  He’s a Gentile.

Cornelius wisely obeys the vision and sends representatives to Simon the tanner’s house.

Simon’s Error

In verses 18-25, we learn that Simon asks to pay for the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Bad idea!

Simon wisely asked for the apostles to pray for him.

The Insufficiency of Baptism

In verses 13-17, we read that Simon the Sorcerer believes and is baptized.  But wait until what happens next!

Simon the Sorcerer

In verses 9-12, Simon the Sorcerer is replaced.

Outline of Acts 8

1. The Church persecuted

2a. Philip performs miracles

3. Peter and John take on Simon the Sorcerer

2b. Philip and the Ethiopian

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