Lesson 11: August 13, 2017

Called to Break Down Barriers: Acts 8:26-39


Teaching Strategy: Discuss what the church is doing or can do to break down cross-cultural barriers. What other barriers keep people from enjoying fellowship in our congregation?


The story of Philip preaching to the Ethiopian eunuch reminds believers that the gospel is for all people. Christians are called to share the good news beyond their “comfort zones.”  This means finding ways to break down the barriers that so easily divide people. Under the broad umbrella of “cultural differences” are differences in race, ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status, religion, immigrant status, sexual orientation, political views, and national background. Sometimes these differences are experienced within a local congregation as demographics change and new people bring new perspectives. Sometimes these differences occur when believers travel across the country or around the world to share the love of Jesus with others. Whatever the circumstance, breaking down cross-cultural barriers can be a challenge; it always requires humility, wisdom, prayer, and love. Love flows from the conviction that all people are created in God’s image and gratitude that God first loved us.

Food for thought:

Summer 2017 Theme: God’s Urgent Call

Unifying Principle: People rarely cross cultural boundaries in significant ways. What should motivate us to do so? Acts 8 records a cross-cultural encounter where Philip is called by God to witness to Jesus, the Son of God, as the basis of true meaning and purpose.

Posted on: August 7, 2017, by : Sharon Harris-Ewing