Be ready to explain why you go to certain people

Acts Bible Background

07.03.2016 New Testament: Acts 11.13–15

To read the Bible in a year, read Acts 11 on July 3, In the year of our Lord 2016

By Don Ruhl

You want to have an open heart towards all the people to whom God has an open heart. When you put that into practice, some people will have problems with your fellowshipping people of whom they do not approve. Do as Peter did. He went to the home of a Gentile and preached Jesus. The brethren back in Jerusalem objected. Therefore, Peter explained to them why he did it, including how the Gentile had received a heavenly vision,

“And he told us how he had seen an angel standing in his house, who said to him, ‘Send men to Joppa, and call for Simon whose surname is Peter, who will tell you words by which you and all your household will be saved.’ And as I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell upon them, as upon us at the beginning (Acts 11.13–15). 

When Peter’s critics heard those words, they realized that they could not speak against what Peter had done, and that they needed to support his actions, leading them to rejoice that the Lord had granted to the Gentiles repentance leading to life, even as He had with the Jews.

Questions:

  • Are you open to people who have historically not been open to the Gospel?

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