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May 9, 2021

Many People, One Name

Dave Zuleger (South Campus) | Acts 10:24-48

Sermon notes to come.

And he said to them, “You yourselves know how unlawful it is for a Jew to associate with or to visit anyone of another nation, but God has shown me that I should not call any person common or unclean. So when I was sent for, I came without objection. I ask then why you sent for me.”

And Cornelius said, “Four days ago, about this hour, I was praying in my house at the ninth hour, and behold, a man stood before me in bright clothing and said, ‘Cornelius, your prayer has been heard and your alms have been remembered before God. Send therefore to Joppa and ask for Simon who is called Peter. He is lodging in the house of Simon, a tanner, by the sea.’ So I sent for you at once, and you have been kind enough to come. Now therefore we are all here in the presence of God to hear all that you have been commanded by the Lord.”

So Peter opened his mouth and said: “Truly I understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. As for the word that he sent to Israel, preaching good news of peace through Jesus Christ (he is Lord of all), you yourselves know what happened throughout all Judea, beginning from Galilee after the baptism that John proclaimed: how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. And we are witnesses of all that he did both in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a tree, but God raised him on the third day and made him to appear, not to all the people but to us who had been chosen by God as witnesses, who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. And he commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one appointed by God to be judge of the living and the dead. To him all the prophets bear witness that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”

While Peter was still saying these things, the Holy Spirit fell on all who heard the word. And the believers from among the circumcised who had come with Peter were amazed, because the gift of the Holy Spirit was poured out even on the Gentiles. For they were hearing them speaking in tongues and extolling God. Then Peter declared, “Can anyone withhold water for baptizing these people, who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?” And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked him to remain for some days.—Acts 10:28–48

Sermon Discussion Questions

Intro: The Broken Journey of a Sinful, Suffering Church 
  1. Submission to Christ by Peter
  2. Submission to Christ by Cornelius
  3. Salvation in Christ for All Peoples
Application: The Beautiful Journey and Destination of a Spirit-Filled Church 
Discussion Questions
  • Why is life so hard? What things threaten our hope, unity, and joy?
  • In this story, how do we see immediate submission to God?
  • Is there an area of your life where you know you need to submit to the Lord right now? What’s a step you can take?
  • In this story, how do we see God keeping his promises from Acts 1?
  • What is the source of our unity across demographic lines? How is that a cause for us to worship?
  • Read through the end of this story. How is Christ described? How do we see him working in this very way in this story?
  • What does the Holy Spirit exist to do?
  • How do we see the sovereignty of God at work in this story? Talk in your small group about how God sovereignly worked in each of your lives to draw you to himself.
  • Why is this journey we are on beautiful? Where does our power and worship come from? What is our destination? How does that help us hope?