Last Sunday we examined Acts 10-11. This passage can be uncomfortable as Peter and a Centurion both have God-given “visions”. God was sending a message to the world, starting with the church, using exactly the messengers and the method He wanted.
For those who know and follow God AND for those who don’t yet follow Him, God’s message and His methods can be hard to understand and harder to stomach. Why is that?
- For some, we don’t believe the message.
- For others, we aren’t convinced of it’s validity.
- For the rest of us, we simply hate change.
Christians, of all people, should be a people who embrace change. Our new lives in Christ begin in the soil of change (2 Cor. 5:17, Rev. 21:5)! After the new change, the rest of our lives, until heaven, involves the Holy Spirit bringing His change into our lives, conforming us into the image of Jesus (1 Pet. 2:2-3, Titus 3:4-7).
God’s message for Peter and the early church that day was clear, He wants His church to reach out beyond it’s comfort zones to reach more people for the name of Christ. In spite of whatever tradition they were comfortable with, in spite of what they’ve always known, God wants people from every nation and background to hear the good news that forgiveness of sins is available to them in Jesus alone!
It does NOT mean however that Christians are called to re-write the book they way they want on human sexuality, marriage, theft, murder, lying, etc…and just “be ok” with those things.
It DOES mean that regardless of the life that someone has come from, they should be able to hear the good news of Jesus and be given the opportunity to find hope, healing and life in Him as they surrender to His Lordship in repentance. “So God has granted repentance resulting in life even to the Gentiles!” Acts 11:18b
Asking God to do a new work of change and life within the Disciples’ family and beyond!
PS No lunch after service this Sunday. We are gearing up to celebrate our church family’s 1st birthday Sunday February 22nd. Yay!