Philip and the Ethiopian
One day an angel told Philip to go south on a certain road that went from Jerusalem to Gaza, which was near the coast of the Mediterranean Sea.
As he went, he met a man from the country of Ethiopia . The man was riding in a chariot. He was an important person in the government of his country.
He was a believer in God and had been to Jerusalem to worship.
Philip went near to the chariot. The man was reading from the book of the prophet Isaiah.
"Do you understand what you're reading?" he asked the man.
The man said he needed someone to explain it to him, and he invited Philip to sit in the chariot with him. Then they continued on the journey.
The scripture he was reading was a prophecy about Jesus from the book of Isaiah.
The Ethiopian asked, "Is the prophet writing about himself or someone else?"
Philip started at that very scripture and told him the good news about Jesus; how he had come to earth, been killed and how that God had raised him from the dead.
They came to a body of water, the Ethiopian said, "Look, here is water. Why shouldn't I be baptized?" He ordered the chariot driver to stop.
Philip said, "If you believe with all your heart, you may."
The man said, "I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God."
Both Philip and the Ethiopian went down into the water, and Philip baptized him.
When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away and the man went on his way rejoicing.