Acts 11 Now the apostles and the brothers who were throughout Judea heard that the Gentiles also had received the word of God...
think about it.
What criticism does Peter get on his return to Jerusalem (11:1-3)? How does he respond (11:4-17)? What was the reaction (11:18)? How and why is the church moving out from Jerusalem (11:19-22)? What was Barnabas sent do (11:22-24)? What do Barnabas and these church leaders teach you about service and help?
Peter, by the leading and direction of the Holy Spirit, has broken new ground by his preaching and sharing the Gospel with people who weren't Jews (that would be Cornelius and company back in Acts 10). Now you know how people are. Somehow the word about Peter's actions gets out and back to the church in Jerusalem. So when Peter returns, he is confronted and criticized by certain members. But you know Peter, he takes it right in stride and turns a tense situation into an opportunity to show these Jewish church members that God's plan is for salvation to be available to everyone.
So what does Acts 11:1-30 show us about reaching out to others for Christ? How about what to expect when we try something different or a new approach as we work for the Lord? Tami W.
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