Simply put…the Jews and Samaritans hated one another! To the point, no self-respecting Jew would even consider traveling through Samaria, let alone purposely going there . But we find the disciple Philip intentionally traveling to Samaria to preach the Good News of the Gospel. But what was so different, was his approach to a potentially hostile and resentful crowd. Instead of brow beating, Bible thumping, or telling them how wrong they were…he ministered among them first. And it says because of this, the Samaritans listened to him and his message. Words and deeds go hand in hand when sharing the Gospel…and in doing so Philip’s good works paved the way for the Samaritans to truly open up their hearts to Jesus.