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Brother Archie Burton in the orphanage in Moldova. 2
Will be leading worship Sunday night, February 12 at six oclock. Come and worship with us, and be blessed. www.rossvillechurch.com 781 Salem Road, Rossville, GA 30741 3January 18, 2012
Acts 11 1 And the apostles and brethren that were inJudaea heard that the Gentiles had also received theWord of God. 2 And when Peter was come up toJerusalem, they that were of the circumcisioncontended with him, 3 Saying, Thou wentest in tomen uncircumcised, and didst eat with them. Peter stayed in Caesarea for a while, so word ofwhat he had done preceded him back to Jerusalem. 4
"They that were of the circumcision"Refers to believers in Jesus who still kept the Law.The biggest problem was that Peter went into the home of Gentiles and ate with them.This was a mark of acceptance and fellowship. 5
How can we say that we love God,When we refuse to accept His children? Whether its because of their skin color, some difference in doctrine, Or a different style of worship, There is no valid reason to reject one whom God accepts in fellowship as His child. 6
4 ButPeter rehearsed the matter from thebeginning, and expounded it by order unto them,He expounded it by order from the beginning. It is always best to think about what we want or need to say, and speak clearly --Words easy to be understood in good order, and then end when we have said it.. 7
4-5saying, I was in thecity of Joppa praying: andin a trance I saw a vision,A certain vessel descend,as it had been a greatsheet, let down fromHeaven by four corners;and it came even to me: 8
6 Upon the which when I had fastened mine eyes, Iconsidered, and saw four-footed beasts of the earth,and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls ofthe air. 7 And I heard a Voice saying unto me, Arise,Peter; slay and eat. 8 But I said, Not so, Lord: fornothing common or unclean hath at any timeentered into my mouth. 9 But the Voice answeredme again from Heaven, What God hath cleansed,that call not thou common. 10 And this was donethree times: and all were drawn up again intoHeaven. 9
Was the lesson here really about food, or was it something deeper and more important?Acts 10 28 And Peter said unto them, Ye know howthat it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jewto keep company, or come unto one of anothernation; but God hath shewed me that I should notcall any man common or unclean.Vital lesson for the church! 10
11 And,behold,immediately there werethree men already comeunto the house where Iwas, sent from Caesareaunto me. While God told Cornelius to send for Peter, He was also preparing Peter to go. 11
12 Andthe Spirit bade me go with them, nothingdoubting. Moreover these six brethren companiedme, and we entered into the mans house: God was doing a new thing, and witnesses would be needed to verify the happening. 12
13 And he shewed us how he had seen an angel inhis house, which stood and said unto him, Sendmen to Joppa, and call for Simon, whose surnameis Peter; 14 Who shall tell thee Words, whereby thouand all thy house shall be saved. Cornelius was a man respected by his family, his neighbors, and even the local Jews in Caesarea. They would follow his example. 13
We must live so that people will follow us on the Path of Righteousness. A life lived carelessly will be ineffective in the Kingdom of God. 14
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