June 24, 2017
Today is the last of five studies from the first 12 chapters of the book of Acts titled “The Gospel”. The previous four weeks have been:
‘The Gospel Begins’
‘A Gospel of Boldness’
‘A Gospel of Conflict- The Gospel Unstoppable’
‘A Gospel for the Hardest’
As we read and consider the story of Cornelius from Acts chapter 10 which happened nearly 2,000 years ago there are modern day versions happening in our world today, maybe in your life.
Read Acts 10:1-8 and answer the following:
Read Acts 10:9-20 and answer the following:
What happens when God is at work preparing people and God’s children are available, listening and obedient to Him? Read Acts 10:21-48.
Who does the work to convert people? Acts 10:44, John 16:8-11.
Discuss God involving His people in the process. See 1 Corinthians 3:5-7.
Share in your group any barriers that may be hindering you from sharing the Gospel with certain people.
Perhaps the greatest barrier to the spread of the Good news in the first century was the Jewish/Gentile conflict. Most of the early believers were Jewish, and they thought it scandalous even to think about associating with Gentiles. But God told Peter to take the Good News to a Roman, and Peter obeyed despite his background and personal feelings. (Later Peter struggled with this again-see Galatians 2:11-14.) God was making it clear that the Good News of Christ is for everyone! We should not allow any barrier-language, culture, race, geography, economic level, or educational level-to keep us from telling others about Christ. #
# (Taken from ‘Life Application Study Bible’)