This is the third of six divisions in the book of Acts and another very exciting transition for the Early Church. Between God opening Peter’s heart to include the Gentiles and repeated persecution, the church expands to Antioch. The work of the Holy Spirit shifts primary leadership from Peter to the Jews, to Paul to the Gentiles. Through this transition, the Word of God continued to spread and multiply.
As you go through the following “Key Principles”, consider how they should impact your life and church ministry. If we look at these principles merely as historic events, we will miss how the Spirit was setting in place at the beginning of the church, principles that must mark the church throughout time until the Lord comes.
Acts 9:32-43 – Healing the sick and raising the dead confirm the presence and power of the Holy Spirit working through the Apostles.
Acts 10:1-8 – God has prepared the heart of Cornelius ahead of hearing the gospel by his devout life, generosity and prayers.
Acts 10:9-33 - Without realizing it, God is also preparing Peters heart to join Him in what God has already been doing. The vision forces Peter to think outside his ‘religious box’ to see God’s work in an unreached people group at that time.
Acts 10:34-43 – Peter learned that God shows no ____________! This frees him to preach the gospel to the Gentiles, a people group God had in mind for eternal blessing.
Acts 10:44-48 – Those who heard and received the word were filled with the ______ _______, and were __________ “in the name of the Lord Jesus” (10:48).
What a joy to identify with what God is doing through the presence and power of the Holy Spirit. Are you eagerly looking for Him to work where you are or where God sends you?
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