April 7th, 2019
The “circumcised” (that is, the Jews in Jerusalem) challenged Peter for having eaten with Gentiles during his stay in Caesarea (verse 2). They did not see that God was working in a new way (chapter 10). WHAT WOULD BE SOME SIMILAR WAYS BELIEVERS IN OUR TIME MAY BE CRITICIZED FOR REACHING OUT TO NON- CHRISTIAN PEOPLE? WHAT DO YOU THINK GOD EXPECTS OF US? HOW DID JESUS HANDLE THIS? See Luke 5:27-32.
2. Notice the emphasis on “words” (verse 14) as Peter tells of Cornelius’ vision. WHY ARE WORDS SO IMPORTANT WHEN IT COMES TO TRUSTING JESUS FOR SALVATION? See John 1:1 and John 6:68
3. Notice that Peter referred to receiving the Spirit “after believing in the Lord Jesus Christ” (verse 17) just as the Gentiles in Caesarea had believed and received the Spirit. WHY IS THIS ORDER IMPORTANT--BELIEF PRECEDING THE RECEIVING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT? See Acts 2:37-42 and Ephesians 1:13-14.
4. WHAT HOPE DO YOU TAKE FROM THE RESPONSE OF THE JEWISH BELIEVERS IN VERSE 18?