Delivered By
Will Robbins
Delivered On
July 15, 2018 at 10:30 AM
Central Passage
Acts 10:1-11:18
Acts Series

DEVOTIONAL: personal and group

Theme: Let the Walls Fall Down

  • Genesis 17:1-14 God commanded Abraham to circumcise himself and his household physically. This was a reminder that God had fulfilled His promise to give Abraham descendants. The children of the promise became the nation Israel. Circumcision reminded Israel that they existed because of God’s faithfulness. According to Genesis 17:1-2 how were they to show their faithfulness to God?

  • Deuteronomy 10:12-22 Physical circumcision did not show the world that Israel was faithful to God. So God called them to be circumcised of the heart. How would this inward circumcision help them be faithful to God in a way the physical circumcision could not? (read→  Matthew 12:33-37)

  • Acts 10:44-48 Cornelius and his household were physically uncircumcised. But after hearing and believing the Gospel, Peter understood them as they praised God just like at Pentecost. Why did Peter command them to be baptized without being physically circumcised? What made them equals?

  • What people would you feel uneasy or even hostile toward if they joined your church?

Ephesians 2:11-16 How does Jesus’s death on the cross make us one with those we were previously hostile against? What in your thinking needs to change and what actions can you take to show this?

SERMON NOTES (no audio sermon this week. The sermon was acted out.)

“Accepted!” Acts 10:1- 11:18

  1. Dramatic Narrative 10:1-48

    1. Characters: Peter, Cornelius, Narrator (God said . . . etc.), 2 Servants & a Soldier

    2. Acts (storyline)

      1. Act 1: 10:1-8 Cornelius’ Vision (Cornelius & Narrator)

      2. Act 2: 10:9-16 Peter’s Vision and 10:17-22 Peter’s Visitors (Peter & Narrator)

      3. Act 3: 10:23-33 Cornelius’ Reception and Vision Testimony (Peter, Cornelius & Narrator)

      4. Act 4: 10:34-43 Peter Shares Gospel and 10:44-48 Gentiles Included by immersion of the Holy Spirit and water (Peter and Narrator)

    3. Transitional Statement: GOD has broken down the dividing wall and taken the non-Jewish OUTSIDERS and made them INSIDERS by faith alone in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Not by works of man but by the work of God! God revealed Himself to Abraham, Peter and now Cornelius. Who is included in the New Israel, the church?  All who believe in the Gospel!

  2. Sermonic Explanation and Call to Respond

    1. Explanation: Gerald L. Stevens’ commentary on Acts is to be credited with comments regarding God is active and He is resisted.

      1. 10:1-48 GOD IS ACTIVE “When GOD IS ACTIVE in human history  just as we saw in the upper room among those circumcised Jewish disciples born under the Law of Moses who had believed in Jesus; HE IS RESISTED.”

      2. 11:1-18 “GOD IS RESISTED just as we saw those who put Peter in prison and stoned Stephen to death. Peter initially resists God in the vision, but ultimately is obedient to the message given by the angel of the Lord. This is a sign of the conflict within the church that is to come. The conflict as to who can be saved and what is required. Must we obey the law and then believe, or is the simple faith of Abraham that results in obedience enough.”

    2. Application: Mankind will always be tempted to ADD to God’s great salvation work of Christ’s victory over the Cross through the Resurrection with our own manmade religious ritual that we desire praise for. Yet from Abraham to Cornelius we are shown that GOD IS ACTIVE in calling, cleansing and forgiving people by grace through simple faith. This is why man resists GOD, we want to control, but GOD won’t have it! Only Jesus can boast in the victory over our sins and the grace. Only Jesus is praiseworthy.

CALL: Surrender with Simple faith to Jesus as the one who bore your sins on the cross and was raised by God from the grace to forgive you and give you His Holy Spirit. Come today!

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