When we're told to "have faith" amidst our worry and anxiety, we're really being told to seek first the kingdom of God. Keeping godly priorities is the only way to assure ourselves victory over fear and worry.
Car trouble happens either suddenly and unexpectedly or gradually and noticeably. So does trouble in your spiritual life.
Below is the bible study guide for Acts 11 (for our Wednesday night bible study). No audio devotional today. I've been stuck at home with a car in the shop and my audio equipment is at the church building! Sorry. I look forward to creating a new devotional tomorrow.
I. Peter explains his actions (11:1-18)
We are exhorted to treat and view others as though they were members of our family (1 Timothy 5:1-2). When we do this, we overcome selfishness in order to serve.
In this 3.5 minute reflection, I encourage us to listen for the voice of the Holy Spirit, and when we hear his voice, to follow.
Although we are taught from a young age to stay away from strangers, as we grow and mature we need to begin showing hospitality to strangers. Showing hospitality demonstrates the gospel in both attitude and action to others.
Below is a study guide for Acts 10. Please leave your own comments and questions.
Pre-Conversion (Acts 10:1-23)
1. Where is Caesarea? Why is this significant?
2. What does it mean that Cornelius was “devout and God’ fearing? How was his devotion shown (2)?
3. How did God reach out to Cornelius (3)?
4. On what basis did God reach to Cornelius (4)?
5. Was Cornelius obedient to God’s vision?
1. What was Peter doing around the time he received his vision? Is this connected?
2. What was the content of his vision?
3. What was Peter reluctant about (14)? Was he right? How did his vision validate or invalidate the scripture Peter knew?
4. Was Peter obedient to his vision? Why or why not?
5. Why didn’t he answer when the men arrived? Why did he need to be prompted by the Spirit (19)? Does the Spirit prompt like this today?
6. What is significant about Peter’s inviting the men inside?
Conversion (Acts 10:23-48)
1. What distinction does Peter make between the law and God (27-29)? What are the implications of this?
2. In which two ways does Peter realize that God does not show favoritism (34)?
3. When does God accept (35)? How does this play out later?
4. What was the content of Peter’s preaching?
5. How is forgiveness of sins achieved according to 10:43? How does this correlate with 2:38?
6. What is the implication of 10:44?
7. What was the cause of astonishment among Peter’s group (45)?
8. What is Peter’s declaration (47)?
9. What is the mark of their equality with the Jewish believers (47)? What is the mark of a believer today?
10. How did the Holy Spirit function in the chapter? How might the Spirit function similarly for us?
In contrast to the "expert" who sought to minimize the category of "neighbor," Jesus teaches us that our neighbors are anyone we encounter who needs mercy.
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