June 17, 2018
When God Calls, Go With It
Is there a person or people group that you struggle with? Maybe you would even go as far as to believe that they are beyond redemption. The message this week focuses on how Peter, being told in vision to present the Gospel to the enemy (a Roman commander), obeys God and in doing this, begins the process of extending God’s grace to the Gentiles (non-Jewish people).
Peter’s act of obedience, in the midst of his prejudices, allowed him to grasp and demonstrate that God’s grace has no bounds. His willingness to put aside his past experiences demonstrated that God will rise above our judgmental pettiness and redeem even those who were once at odds with Him and His people. Ironically since many of us claim a Gentile ancestry, this should be considered our “Pentecost” (birth of the Gentile church). Peter’s journey to Caesarea (initiated by God and carried out by Peter) should be considered proof that God’s plan includes and has always included) any and all who are willing to accept His gracious offer.
Questions to ponder:
What do you think was the main point of Matt’s sermon?
Why do you think God chose Peter and Cornelius as the main players in this story?
What lesson do you think God was trying to teach you and I though this story?
How does knowing this affect your relationship with God and those around you?
1. What does this say about God?
2. What does this say about me?
3. What does this say about how God wants me to be?
Do something about it:
Are there people or people groups you consider “unholy” or “unclean?” Have your prejudices toward them affected your attitude and actions toward them? This week, intentionally pray for someone(s) that fall into this category and ask God to present you with an opportunity to be a vessel of His grace to them.
Acts Chapter 10, Matthew 8:1-3; 9:9-13; Luke 6:37; John 4;7-45; 7:24