A Movement of Reconciliation
- Tension (v. 11:1-3)
- Testimony (v. 11:4-17)
- Trajectory (v. 11:18)
- In Acts chapter 10, God changed Peter’s perspective so that he might use Peter to be an agent of Gospel change in his sphere of influence. What sphere of influence has God called you to impact? How might Jesus want to use you to create Gospel perspective change in those around you? How can you ask other disciples to pray for God to use you in your sphere of influence?
- God often uses tension to bring about transformation. What is your typical response to tension and trial? Do you avoid, get angry or attack? What would it look like to grow and abiding in Jesus instead of arguing, attacking, or avoiding?
- The enemy is an abuser who seeks to silence us. God says that we are his witnesses. When did you start believing your story doesn’t matter, wasn’t important, or was unimportant? What would it look like to grow in sharing the story of God’s grace in your life?
- Thinking through sharing your story of God’s grace in your life…sometimes people respond, other times people reject. What does it look like to walk by faith and trust Jesus with the outcome?
Acts 11:1-18 NASB
Now the apostles and the brethren who were throughout Judea heard that the Gentiles also had received the word of God. 2 And when Peter came up to Jerusalem, those who were circumcised took issue with him, 3 saying, “You went to uncircumcised men and ate with them.” 4 But Peter began speaking and proceeded to explain to them in orderly sequence, saying, 5 “I was in the city of Joppa praying; and in a trance I saw a vision, an object coming down like a great sheet lowered by four corners from the sky; and it came right down to me,6 and when I had fixed my gaze on it and was observing it I saw the four-footed animals of the earth and the wild beasts and the crawling creatures and the birds of the air. 7 I also heard a voice saying to me, ‘Get up, Peter; kill and eat.’ 8 But I said, ‘By no means, Lord, for nothing unholy or unclean has ever entered my mouth.’ 9 But a voice from heaven answered a second time, ‘What God has cleansed, no longer consider unholy.’ 10 This happened three times, and everything was drawn back up into the sky. 11 And behold, at that moment three men appeared at the house in which we were staying, having been sent to me from Caesarea.12 The Spirit told me to go with them without misgivings. These six brethren also went with me and we entered the man’s house. 13 And he reported to us how he had seen the angel standing in his house, and saying, ‘Send to Joppa and have Simon, who is also called Peter, brought here; 14 and he will speak words to you by which you will be saved, you and all your household.’ 15 And as I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell upon them just as He did upon us at the beginning. 16 And I remembered the word of the Lord, how He used to say, ‘John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’ 17 Therefore if God gave to them the same gift as He gave to us also after believing in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could stand in God’s way?” 18 When they heard this, they quieted down and glorified God, saying, “Well then, God has granted to the Gentiles also the repentance that leads to life.”