Breakthrough is a study on the life of Philip, a disciple of Jesus’s first disciples. Duncan presents an interactive study on qualities of Philip. Also, he shows how we can apply these qualities in your life and prepare yourself for a breakthrough.
The first chapter starts with mention of a dramatic breakthrough in the life of Philip. This didn’t happen suddenly. The Lord was training Philip for the right time. This chapter shows the Biblical definition of ‘discipleship’ (for an in-depth study on ‘discipleship’, refer to Duncan’s “Disciple Making” booklet).
The disciples of Jesus were looking for men filled with the Spirit, to take care of Grecian widows (Acts 6:1-8). The very fact that disciples elected Philip as one of the seven men shows that he was a Spirit filled man. The second chapter points to several scriptures that indicate spirit filled life of Philip. You will come to know why it is necessary for a child of God to be led by the Spirit. Also, the chapter presents steps on receiving the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.
There is a distinction between earthly wisdom and Godly wisdom. The third chapter presents contrasts between the two. The chapter also emphasize on how important wisdom is. Also, see how you can equip yourself with Godly wisdom – just like Philip did.
Jesus said “whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant” (Matthew 20:26). Philip had to serve the widows before God used him for a great revival in Samaria. Discover what Bible says about servanthood and how to put it in practice by working on activities presented in the fourth chapter.
James and John were looking for responsible men to take care of the widows so that they can continue with ministry (Acts 6:2). They choose Philip, among six other men, for the task. Dig deep into what the Bible say about a responsible man in the fifth chapter.
The sixth chapter presents three examples of teamwork and its significance. Explore the qualities that made Philip an indispensable member of the team of seven men.
Bible provides a glimpse on later years of Philip’s life. The author concludes the study in – the last chapter – with analysis of Philip’s later days whilst stressing on how important finishing well is.
You will gain much by studying this book on your own. However, you will receive more blessing if you work through it with two or more people – “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” (Proverbs 27:17). The practical questions and exercises will help you assess yourself and highlight areas that might need attention.