This week was Week 2 of our current MAKE US ONE Series, and we looked at “Moving Beyond Our Differences” and the story of Peter and Cornelius. You can check out a brief rundown of what we looked at during the message below:
1. God Speaks to Cornelius; Acts 10:1-8NIV
Cornelius was a follower of Jesus, but he was a Gentile (non-Jew). Jewish believers viewed the Gentiles as spiritual outcasts, and viewed it as unacceptable to fellowship with them. The label that Cornelius carried didn’t go with the label that Peter carried. Peter was a main leader among the believers and followed the Jewish customs.
Cornelius and his family were devout believers, and took a social risk when going to Peter because of the unknowns involved in the situation— How will Peter respond? How will those around Peter respond? Cornelius’ heart and hunger for God pushed him beyond the normal social routine and etiquette.
We never know who God is speaking to to draw them closer to him.
2. God Speaks to Peter; Acts 10:9-23
Peter was praying. He was taking time to get alone, without distractions, to be in God’s presence. God turned Peter’s world and thought process upside down.
Peter took a social risk by even inviting the men into his home. God was showing Peter that his love was not just for the Jews and those who “looked the part” of what they thought followers of Jesus should be.
What mindsets about others does God need to correct in your life?
It’s easy to judge those who we have differences with. The truth is that there are people all around us that are searching for more of God in their lives. Maybe you are the person that God wants to use to make it happen!
3. God Makes Them One; Acts 10:44-50
Peter goes to meet with Cornelius even though it is against the Jewish law for him to associate with a Gentile, but God was showing Peter that he shouldn’t call anyone unclean. We all have one thing in common: We were created by a God who loves us more than we will ever comprehend with an incredible plan and purpose for our lives. Don’t judge those around you just because they worship God a little differently than you. Remember what we learned in John 17 last week: Jesus prayed that we would be one so that the world will know that they are loved by God. The only label that we should pay attention to that others carry is “loved by God”!
God’s love and salvation can unite the most unlikely of people. Let our prayer to God be, “MAKE US ONE!”
God spoke to Cornelius. We never know who God is speaking to and drawing to him! God also spoke to Peter. What is God speaking to you? What part of your way of thinking does God want to change?
People in the early church were unified and brought together because of two men that were willing to move beyond their differences as God made them one.
Will you answer the call today to move beyond your differences with other believers as God makes us one so the world will see and know the love of Jesus?!
Make sure to click on the links below to check out some pictures and videos from Sunday Night!
Have a GREAT week!