Four Daughters – Who Prophesied!
This morning I want to look at a family that the Bible only mentions in one sentence. It starts with a man named Philip…
Acts 6:1-6 ”In those days when the number of disciples was increasing, the Hellenistic Jews among them complained against the Hebraic Jews because their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food. 2 So the Twelve gathered all the disciples together and said, “It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables. 3 Brothers and sisters, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom.
We will turn this responsibility over to them 4 and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word.”
5 This proposal pleased the whole group. They chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit; also Philip, Procorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas from Antioch, a convert to Judaism. 6 They presented these men to the apostles, who prayed and laid their hands on them.”
4 Those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went. 5 Philip went down to a city in Samaria and proclaimed the Messiah there. 6 When the crowds heard Philip and saw the signs he performed, they all paid close attention to what he said. 7 For with shrieks, impure spirits came out of many, and many who were paralyzed or lame were healed. 8 So there was great joy in that city.
36 As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water. What can stand in the way of my being baptized?”  38 And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him. 39 When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him again, but went on his way rejoicing. 40 Philip, however, appeared at Azotus and traveled about, preaching the gospel in all the towns until he reached Caesarea.
7 We continued our voyage from Tyre and landed at Ptolemais, where we greeted the brothers and sisters and stayed with them for a day. 8 Leaving the next day, we reached Caesarea and stayed at the house of Philip the evangelist, one of the Seven. 9 He had four unmarried daughters who prophesied.
- We see Philip and his family lived in Caesarea
- The Apostle Paul came and visited for a number of days
- He had four unmarried daughters who prophesied
How old did a girl get before she was married?
- Roman culture – Between ages of 12-17
- Jewish Culture – Men about 18 and girls between 12 and 16
What does it mean to be gifted with prophecy in the NT times?
- No New Testament Bible yet
- Paul placed huge emphasis on the importance of prophecy in the church
- These people shared God’s heart, wisdom and word to the people
2 Timothy 1:6
For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands.
11 So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
Prophet listed above:
- Evangelist (Their Dad)
- The Pastor
- And the Teacher
How well do we as families and churches set our kids up to be workers for God’s Kingdom?
- Do we give our kids opportunities?
- Do we pray over them?
- Do we teach them and encourage them?
Remember how Paul taught (1 Corinthians 12) that the church is like a body? Each gift represents a different part. The Holy Spirit will determine what and where, we are to seek after and then fan into flame the gift(s) he gives!