Read Acts 10:30-48
2. The Preaching of Peter (continued). In this section of the Book of Acts, Cornelius explained how he responded to a message from God to call for Simon Peter. Peter began to speak about the gospel of Jesus Christ.
The Spirit came on the household of Cornelius, and they spoke in tongues. Peter had them baptized, in light of no objection to the Spirit being in them, as in Jerusalem.
Applications - - The death and resurrection of Christ. Notice in vss. 39-40 of this tenth chapter in the book of Acts that Jesus was killed and then He rose from the dead. We needed His death to pay for our sins. And we needed His resurrection for our assurance. We should live like we really appreciate the death and resurrection of Jesus.
Such living should be known for accepting Christ as savior by faith and then living a life of loving God and others, as we love ourselves. Let’s work on living like we appreciate the death and resurrection of Christ for us.
Trusting God with the big picture. Notice in vss. 41-43 that God has a plan. The plan included the confirmation of scripture, preaching, faith in Jesus, and the forgiveness of sin. It is important for everyone to do his or her part in the plan of God. Someone had to write the scriptures, preserve the scriptures, preach, believe, and accept the forgiveness of God.
In like manner, you may not know how your part fits with the larger plan of God, but simply be faithful. Trust God with the big picture and plan. This is a good lesson for ushers, van drivers, media technicians, office workers, phone callers, and even those who witness on their jobs.
Let’s do our parts and trust God with the bigger picture. Every believer should be doing things like studying, serving, giving, being friendly, being enthusiastic in worship, inviting and bringing loved ones to church, and the like.
Letting the Spirit have His way. Notice in vs. 44, 47-48 of this tenth chapter in the book of Acts that the Spirit moved quickly on this occasion. We should let the Spirit have His way, which can be faster or slower than we prefer. However, the Spirit’s timing is the best timing. Let’s demonstrate our confidence, by striving to move according to His will.
For those who are not in leadership, the Spirit wants you to obey those who have rule over you. The Spirit likes for things to be done decently and in order, not in confusion. Everything that feels good is not good for you. For those in leadership, we should be sensitive to what we believe God is putting on our hearts.
One body. Notice in vs. 46 in this tenth chapter of the book of Acts that the same Spirit who did great things in Jerusalem and Judea is now doing a great thing with the Gentiles. Most conservative scholars believe this tongue speaking episode is simply evidence that the same Spirit who moved in Jerusalem is moving this group of believers also. In other words, there is one Spirit, one Body or Church of Christ.
Let’s honor this principle by working as one body, instead of being fragmented. All church related activities should have some level of central coordination and approval. There is often a challenge in keeping the need for central coordination and approval from becoming unnecessary micro-management. Proving yourself a faithful trained ministry working will help the Pastor trust you with more details.
Jesus over rituals. Notice in vs. 48 that the people were baptized in the name of Jesus. As Baptists, we believe that water baptism symbolically identities one with the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. We strongly prefer to baptize in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, as commanded by Jesus, instead of simply following the example set in that type of text.
At the end of the day, water baptism in any formula will not help, if one doesn’t accept Jesus as one’s savior by faith. And if one accepts Jesus as savior by faith, one will be saved, no matter what baptismal formula was used. Let’s strive to walk by faith with a greater priority on Jesus than rituals.
Hospitality and kindness. Notice in vs. 48 the hospitality that was extended to Peter. The people of God should be known for their love, kindness, and hospitality.
There are blessings attached to being kind to man/woman of God. But there are also blessings attached to being kind to the less fortunate. Let’s work on developing a greater reputation for our hospitality and kindness.
Conclusion: Based on our studies, in the book of Acts, let’s work on being witness for the Lord, everywhere we go. God has much for those who obey His will.
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