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God on the Move

Spreading the Word Part 11  •  Sermon  •  Submitted
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God opens the doors for Gentiles and us tp be part of His family in Christ

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Where Are We?

Tabitha has been raised from the dead
Peter is now at the house of Simon the Tanner in Joppa
Joppa is same place Jonah caught a ship to Tarshish
Peter is going to head straight for the God-designated place

God’s Word

Acts 11:1–18 NLT
Soon the news reached the apostles and other believers in Judea that the Gentiles had received the word of God. But when Peter arrived back in Jerusalem, the Jewish believers criticized him. “You entered the home of Gentiles and even ate with them!” they said. Then Peter told them exactly what had happened. “I was in the town of Joppa,” he said, “and while I was praying, I went into a trance and saw a vision. Something like a large sheet was let down by its four corners from the sky. And it came right down to me. When I looked inside the sheet, I saw all sorts of tame and wild animals, reptiles, and birds. And I heard a voice say, ‘Get up, Peter; kill and eat them.’ “ ‘No, Lord,’ I replied. ‘I have never eaten anything that our Jewish laws have declared impure or unclean.’ “But the voice from heaven spoke again: ‘Do not call something unclean if God has made it clean.’ This happened three times before the sheet and all it contained was pulled back up to heaven. “Just then three men who had been sent from Caesarea arrived at the house where we were staying. The Holy Spirit told me to go with them and not to worry that they were Gentiles. These six brothers here accompanied me, and we soon entered the home of the man who had sent for us. He told us how an angel had appeared to him in his home and had told him, ‘Send messengers to Joppa, and summon a man named Simon Peter. He will tell you how you and everyone in your household can be saved!’ “As I began to speak,” Peter continued, “the Holy Spirit fell on them, just as he fell on us at the beginning. Then I thought of the Lord’s words when he said, ‘John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’ And since God gave these Gentiles the same gift he gave us when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I to stand in God’s way?” When the others heard this, they stopped objecting and began praising God. They said, “We can see that God has also given the Gentiles the privilege of repenting of their sins and receiving eternal life.”

Four Phases

Divine vision
Divine command
Divine preparation
Divine Action

Meaning for Jews

Traditions being broken both dietary and association
Peter is doing the unexpected again
God is expanding His selections to Gentiles
Gentiles now equal with Jews in God’s plan

Biblical Principles

God’s timing is always perfect
Good traditions not same as truth
God loves who He wants
Great turning points start with small events

Missionary Principles For Us

Biblical Principles

Determine significance of events and choose to act
Different styles require discernment
Personal Opinion
Group thinking
Biblical specifics
We can partner with any Bible based believers dedicated to telling the story
We can partner with any Bible based believers dedicated to telling the story
Recount God’s calling to serve in vision form or from His Word
The Holy Spirit’s coming on the Gentiles is proof of God’s actions
Readily accept those that have come to Christ from different circumstances
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