Inevitable Change - Moving Beyond Ourselves

              Text: Acts 10     

 

 

God Draws People to Himself

      Cornelius was being drawn by God

      He was visited by an angel

      He was instructed to seek our Peter

 

God Does Not Conform to Our Ways

      Peter has a vision

     “What God has cleansed, no longer consider unholy”

      The Spirit speaks to Peter to accompany the messengers

 

Footnotes:

Peter has a vision

      Unclean food is presented

      Peter told to kill an eat

      Peter objects

What God has cleansed, no longer consider unholy

      What God declares holy is not up to humanity to determine

      Holiness is not a matter of our opinion, but God’s declaration

The Spirit speaks to Peter

      Accompany the men who are seeking you

 

God Requires Our Submission

      Peter enters the home of Cornelius

      Cornelius bows before Peter

      Cornelius begs to hear the word of the Lord

 

Footnotes:

Peter enters the home of Cornelius

     A practice unlawful to the Jews

Cornelius bows before Peter

Cornelius begs to hear the word of the Lord

 

Peter Grasps the Heart of God

      God does not show partiality

      God welcomes all who fear Him and do right

 

The Gospel is Presented

      God sent word of peace through Jesus Christ to Israel

      Jesus was anointed by the Holy Spirit with signs and wonders

      The Jews who witnessed His acts also put Him to death

      God raised Him from the dead

      We are witnesses of these events

      We were ordered to preach that Jesus has been appointed to
           Judge the living and the dead

      Everyone who believes in Him receives forgiveness of sins 

 

God Saves Whom He Will     

      The Holy Spirit fell on Cornelius and those gathered

      Peter declared that the Gentiles should be baptized
           in the name of Jesus

 

Footnotes:

The Holy Spirit fell on Cornelius and those gathered

    The Gentiles spoke in tongues and exalted God

    The Jewish believers were amazed when the Gentiles received the Spirit

Peter declared that the Gentiles should be baptized in the name of Jesus

    A sign of equal fellowship and acceptance with the Jewish believers

 

                       The One Timeless Message
 

      God loves humanity and desires peace with humanity

      God made a way for peace through Jesus

           He died to pay the penalty / debt of our rebellion / sin

           He rose again from the dead

      Those who believe in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus:

           Are forgiven of their sin

           Are made alive by the Spirit

           Are given eternal life

           Are granted peace with God

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