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July 4, 2018

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Reading along with us in Acts? Here’s today’s reading:

Acts 11 (ESV)

Now the apostles and the brothers who were throughout Judea heard that the Gentiles also had received the word of God. So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcision party criticized him, saying, “You went to uncircumcised men and ate with them.” But Peter began and explained it to them in order: “I was in the city of Joppa praying, and in a trance I saw a vision, something like a great sheet descending, being let down from heaven by its four corners, and it came down to me. Looking at it closely, I observed animals and beasts of prey and reptiles and birds of the air. And I heard a voice saying to me, ‘Rise, Peter; kill and eat.’ But I said, ‘By no means, Lord; for nothing common or unclean has ever entered my mouth.’......Continue Reading

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  1. When they heard these things they became silent; and they glorified God, saying, “Then God has also granted to the Gentiles repentance to life.”
    Studying through Luke, God’s plan for the Gentiles is presented clearly…so glad He had/has a plan for us Gentiles.

  2. 15As I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell on them just as on us at the beginning. 16And I remembered the word of the Lord, how he said, ‘John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’ 17If then God gave the same gift to them as he gave to us when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could stand in God’s way?” 18❤️

  3. Nothing like legalists to ruin a party! Although they rejoice after Peter gives them the facts, they can’t help but precede this with questions of procedure. Can anyone say straining at a gnat and swallowing a camel? But God made it so clear that He was working that even they can’t deny it. And praise God that God had a desire for the gentiles for a long time, but here makes the door open to the kingdom of Christ.

    And oh to observe the church in Antioch where people were being saved and the gifts were being expressed. It is fitting that believers would be called Christians for the first time here, and the Paul and Barnabas would become involved. What extremely significant developments these were in God’s will: an identity for believers in Jesus distinct from Judaism, and the dynamic gospel duo who will be called to spread the gospel in ways never done before!

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