Topic: Preach the Gospel!
OPENING PRAYER: My dear heavenly Father, as I study your word, let it be a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.
SCRIPTURE: Acts 10:23b-48
Question(s) for Reflection
• Is there any example for me to follow or not to follow?
Scripture Union SU Daily Guide 7 October 2021 | Outline
Note the prompt obedience of Peter to the heavenly vision (v.23); first, by hosting the men from Gentile Cornelius overnight and then going with them to Caesarea without hesitation (vs.27-29). Peter’s action is very significant because it did not only break the barrier between the Jewish Christians and Gentiles (Ephesians 2:11-13), it also marked the coming of the gospel to the Gentiles.
We need such prompt obedience if we are to fulfil the great commission. Why do you think it necessary for other brothers to accompany Peter on this journey (v.23b; cf. 11:12-13)? Note the reaction of Peter to Cornelius’ attempt to worship him (vs.25-26). Christian leaders must never accept or demand worship from their members. All worship goes to God alone. Read vs.34-43 again.
Observe that Peter did not begin his sermon by emphasizing Cornelius’ sinfulness and need for salvation. Instead he began with a statement of God’s righteous character; that Jews and Gentiles are equally sinners before God (cf. Galatians 6:15). He then presented the gospel by summarizing the life and mission of Jesus Christ. What a model evangelistic message! When evangelising, we too must bear in mind that we are not to attack people’s sins but to present the good news. What is the significance of vs.44-48?
• Any new insight or reinforcement of what you already know?
• Lord, use me and my family in the expansion of your kingdom. • Pray for daily devotional publishers who are helping Christians to meet God daily through bible reading and prayer.
Offer a prayer of faith in line with Psalm 28:7-8
7 The LORD is my strength and my shield; My heart trusted in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart greatly rejoices, And with my song I will praise Him.
8 The LORD is their strength, And He is the saving refuge of His anointed.
BIBLE READING: Ezek. 42-44; John 19: 1-22
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