It's Thursday, October 5th, 2017. In this section of Scripture, we see Peter truly understanding the message given to the Apostles at Pentecost and he obediently brings the Word of God to the Gentiles. - Chris Adomanis
(Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
_ Have you ever not shared the Gospel with someone because you thought they were "beyond reach" due to their upbringing or lifestyle choices?
_ What is your biggest fear in sharing the Gospel story with someone?
Heavenly Father, thank you that your offer of salvation is open to all, irrespective of race, creed, sex, age, social status, and intellect level. All of humanity is lost and in need of Your saving grace and mercy. Please help us to see all people with Your loving eyes. Amen.
DISCOVER [Acts 10:34-43]
34 So Peter opened his mouth and said: “Truly I understand that God shows no partiality, 35 but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. 36 As for the word that he sent to Israel, preaching good news of peace through Jesus Christ (he is Lord of all), 37 you yourselves know what happened throughout all Judea, beginning from Galilee after the baptism that John proclaimed: 38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. 39 And we are witnesses of all that he did both in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a tree, 40 but God raised him on the third day and made him to appear, 41 not to all the people but to us who had been chosen by God as witnesses, who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. 42 And he commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one appointed by God to be judge of the living and the dead. 43 To him all the prophets bear witness that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn? (Use these questions below each portion of text to clarify the main point)
_ How is this speech the same and how is it different from Peter's earlier exhortations found in Acts 2 and Acts 4.
_ In verse 35, what do you think it means that "anyone who fears him (God) and does what is right is acceptable to Him"? Is this contrary to the Gospel of grace? Why or why not?
_ In verses 42, what do you think of the words "commanded", "preach", "testify" and "judge" in the context of this story?
_ In verse 43, can you find some verses from the Old Testament prophets that "bear witness that everyone who believes in him (Jesus) receives forgiveness of sins through his name"?
+ HOW am I compelled to confess sin and how does the gospel compel me to respond with a simple step of action/obedience? (Here are some thoughts to discuss in break-outs)
_ Do you show "partiality" toward/against a certain people group? Repent and ask them for forgiveness, if applicable.
+ WHO are you walking with to discover or grow in Jesus and what is your next step with them, how can we help?
_ Who in your life TODAY is the Lord prompting you to share the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ?
_ Do you have someone in your life TODAY that challenges you (and you challenge back) to be an effective witness for Christ?