Tasks for this week:

  1. Watch all three parts of Reaching the World God’s Way
  2. Complete daily Bible reading
  3. Memorize James 1:2-4 and James 2:17

Week 39: Day 1

This week’s sermon, Reaching the World God’s Way, with Robby Gallaty, focuses on Acts 2:37-47. (Click HERE to download study notes for this week.)  We have divided this sermon into three parts for you to watch throughout this week (Days 1, 3, and 5). Please watch the first part today.

Today’s F260 Bible reading: Acts 10-11

10:1 Now there was a man in Caesarea named Cornelius, a centurion of what was known as the Italian Cohort. 2He was a devout, God-fearing man, as was all his household; he did many acts of charity for the people and prayed to God regularly. 3About three o’clock one afternoon he saw clearly in a vision an angel of God who came in and said to him, “Cornelius.” 4Staring at him and becoming greatly afraid, Cornelius replied, “What is it, Lord?” The angel said to him, “Your prayers and your acts of charity have gone up as a memorial before God. 5Now send men to Joppa and summon a man named Simon, who is called Peter. 6This man is staying as a guest with a man named Simon, a tanner, whose house is by the sea.” 7When the angel who had spoken to him departed, Cornelius called two of his personal servants and a devout soldier from among those who served him, 8and when he had explained everything to them, he sent them to Joppa. 9About noon the next day, while they were on their way and approaching the city, Peter went up on the roof to pray. 10He became hungry and wanted to eat, but while they were preparing the meal, a trance came over him. 11He saw heaven opened and an object something like a large sheet descending, being let down to earth by its four corners. 12In it were all kinds of four-footed animals and reptiles of the earth and wild birds. 13Then a voice said to him, “Get up, Peter; slaughter and eat!” 14But Peter said, “Certainly not, Lord, for I have never eaten anything defiled and ritually unclean!” 15The voice spoke to him again, a second time, “What God has made clean, you must not consider ritually unclean!” 16This happened three times, and immediately the object was taken up into heaven. 17Now while Peter was puzzling over what the vision he had seen could signify, the men sent by Cornelius had learned where Simon’s house was and approached the gate. 18They called out to ask if Simon, known as Peter, was staying there as a guest. 19While Peter was still thinking seriously about the vision, the Spirit said to him, “Look! Three men are looking for you. 20But get up, go down, and accompany them without hesitation because I have sent them.” 21So Peter went down to the men and said, “Here I am, the person you’re looking for. Why have you come?” 22They said, “Cornelius the centurion, a righteous and God-fearing man, well spoken of by the whole Jewish nation, was directed by a holy angel to summon you to his house and to hear a message from you.” 23So Peter invited them in and entertained them as guests.On the next day he got up and set out with them, and some of the brothers from Joppa accompanied him. 24The following day he entered Caesarea. Now Cornelius was waiting anxiously for them and had called together his relatives and close friends. 25So when Peter came in, Cornelius met him, fell at his feet, and worshiped him. 26But Peter helped him up, saying, “Stand up. I too am a mere mortal.” 27Peter continued talking with him as he went in, and he found many people gathered together. 28He said to them, “You know that it is unlawful for a Jew to associate with or visit a Gentile, yet God has shown me that I should call no person defiled or ritually unclean. 29Therefore when you sent for me, I came without any objection. Now may I ask why you sent for me?” 30Cornelius replied, “Four days ago at this very hour, at three o’clock in the afternoon, I was praying in my house, and suddenly a man in shining clothing stood before me 31and said, ‘Cornelius, your prayer has been heard and your acts of charity have been remembered before God. 32Therefore send to Joppa and summon Simon, who is called Peter. This man is staying as a guest in the house of Simon the tanner, by the sea.’ 33Therefore I sent for you at once, and you were kind enough to come. So now we are all here in the presence of God to listen to everything the Lord has commanded you to say to us.” 34Then Peter started speaking: “I now truly understand that God does not show favoritism in dealing with people, 35but in every nation the person who fears him and does what is right is welcomed before him. 36You know the message he sent to the people of Israel, proclaiming the good news of peace through Jesus Christ (he is Lord of all)— 37you know what happened throughout Judea, beginning from Galilee after the baptism that John announced: 38with respect to Jesus from Nazareth, that God anointed him with the Holy Spirit and with power. He went around doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil because God was with him. 39We are witnesses of all the things he did both in Judea and in Jerusalem. They killed him by hanging him on a tree, 40but God raised him up on the third day and caused him to be seen, 41not by all the people, but by us, the witnesses God had already chosen, who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. 42He commanded us to preach to the people and to warn them that he is the one appointed by God as judge of the living and the dead. 43About him all the prophets testify, that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.” 44While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell on all those who heard the message. 45The circumcised believers who had accompanied Peter were greatly astonished that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the Gentiles, 46for they heard them speaking in tongues and praising God. Then Peter said, 47“No one can withhold the water for these people to be baptized, who have received the Holy Spirit just as we did, can he?” 48So he gave orders to have them baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked him to stay for several days. 11:1 Now the apostles and the brothers who were throughout Judea heard that the Gentiles too had accepted the word of God. 2So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcised believers took issue with him, 3saying, “You went to uncircumcised men and shared a meal with them.” 4But Peter began and explained it to them point by point, saying, 5“I was in the city of Joppa praying, and in a trance I saw a vision, an object something like a large sheet descending, being let down from heaven by its four corners, and it came to me. 6As I stared I looked into it and saw four-footed animals of the earth, wild animals, reptiles, and wild birds. 7I also heard a voice saying to me, ‘Get up, Peter; slaughter and eat!’ 8But I said, ‘Certainly not, Lord, for nothing defiled or ritually unclean has ever entered my mouth!’ 9But the voice replied a second time from heaven, ‘What God has made clean, you must not consider ritually unclean!’ 10This happened three times, and then everything was pulled up to heaven again. 11At that very moment, three men sent to me from Caesarea approached the house where we were staying. 12The Spirit told me to accompany them without hesitation. These six brothers also went with me, and we entered the man’s house. 13He informed us how he had seen an angel standing in his house and saying, ‘Send to Joppa and summon Simon, who is called Peter, 14who will speak a message to you by which you and your entire household will be saved.’ 15Then as I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell on them just as he did on us at the beginning. 16And I remembered the word of the Lord, as he used to say, ‘John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’ 17Therefore if God gave them the same gift as he also gave us after believing in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I to hinder God?” 18When they heard this, they ceased their objections and praised God, saying, “So then, God has granted the repentance that leads to life even to the Gentiles.” 19Now those who had been scattered because of the persecution that took place over Stephen went as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus, and Antioch, speaking the message to no one but Jews. 20But there were some men from Cyprus and Cyrene among them who came to Antioch and began to speak to the Greeks too, proclaiming the good news of the Lord Jesus. 21The hand of the Lord was with them, and a great number who believed turned to the Lord. 22A report about them came to the attention of the church in Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas to Antioch. 23When he came and saw the grace of God, he rejoiced and encouraged them all to remain true to the Lord with devoted hearts, 24because he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith, and a significant number of people were brought to the Lord. 25Then Barnabas departed for Tarsus to look for Saul, 26and when he found him, he brought him to Antioch. So for a whole year Barnabas and Saul met with the church and taught a significant number of people. Now it was in Antioch that the disciples were first called Christians. 27At that time some prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch. 28One of them, named Agabus, got up and predicted by the Spirit that a severe famine was about to come over the whole inhabited world. (This took place during the reign of Claudius.) 29So the disciples, each in accordance with his financial ability, decided to send relief to the brothers living in Judea. 30They did so, sending their financial aid to the elders by Barnabas and Saul. (NET Bible)

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