Thursday: The Jerusalem Decree

Suitcase Check

Early success of the mission to the Gentiles raised some crucial questions for the early church regarding what requirements should be expected of Gentile converts, those grafted into the faith (Rom. 11:17). Tensions always appear when people from other religions and cultures join an established believing community. In this case, Jewish Christians, with their high regard … [Click to read more …]

Peter and the Gentiles – Hit the Mark

Sunset from Joppa.

If I had not read it with my own eyes, I might not have believed it. It’s not that I’m unfamiliar with the miraculous working of God throughout the Bible. Countless times I’ve read about how God has done the impossible. He made the waters of a sea stand up in a salute to let … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: Peter’s Vision

Peter Dreams

As we saw yesterday, by the time Peter made contact with Cornelius, he had a change in attitude regarding the Gentiles that other Jewish believers hadn’t yet understood (see Acts 10:44-45). What happened that changed Peter? Read Acts 10:9-22 and Acts 11:1-10. What do the passages say about how entrenched Peter’s wrong attitudes were that … [Click to read more …]

HopeSS: Peter and the Gentiles

Hope Sabbath School

You can view an in-depth discussion of “Peter and the Gentiles” in the Hope Sabbath School class led by Pastor Derek Morris. (Adobe Flash Player version.) A Youtube version of this week’s lesson at Hope Sabbath School is below. You can download the video, the MP3 audio, and the lesson outline from the HopeTV Sabbath … [Click to read more …]

9. Peter and the Gentiles – Discussion Starters


The first. The apostle Peter wins the award…for what honor? Do you think his hope of bringing Gentiles into the early Christian church was greeted with unanimous acclaim? What types of issues always come up when working with people from different cultures? Peter at Pentecost. Couldn’t God have worked out a different set of beliefs … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: The Conversion of Cornelius – Part 2

Crane With Heart Wrecking Ball

Then Peter began to speak: I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts men from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right. (Acts 10:34-35 NIV). Though these words to us are not that revolutionary, for them to have come from the mouth of … [Click to read more …]

Monday: The Conversion of Cornelius – Part 1

Cornelius Has a Vision

Read Acts 10:1-8, Acts 10:23-48. What does the story of this Gentile becoming a follower of Jesus teach us about salvation and witness? The conversion of Cornelius, a pagan officer in the Roman army, along with his family and friends, has been termed the Gentile Pentecost. It is a crucial story in Acts, one that … [Click to read more …]

Cross-Cultural Missions – Teaching Plan

Image © Lars Justinen

Lesson for August 15-21 Key Thought : Salvation was never meant just for the Jews; it is good news to all people. We are invited to join Him in His mission to all peoples. 1. Have a volunteer read John 4:7-10 a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point … [Click to read more …]