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In Acts 11, Peter's experience with Cornelius and the other Gentile believers from the previous chapter make waves amongst the Jewish Believers. Hans challenges the Oaks to not stand in the way of God breaking down barriers to salvation.
Hans challenges the Oaks Location to look for barriers we put up between ourselves and others for the gospel to break down - from Acts 10.
Last week we saw God speak to Cornelius and Peter and begin to break down the barriers between Jew and Gentile. As Peter and Cornelius worked, prayed and sought after God, God moved to bring them together so that salvation would be formally brought to the Gentiles and they would receive it. I. Peter goes to Caesarea (Acts 10:23) A. Cornelius’ messengers stayed the night with Peter and Simon B. They left the next day C. Some from the church in Joppa went with Peter D. The next day they arrived in Caesarea II. The reception that Cornelius had for Peter A. Cornelius was expecting them (Acts 10:24) B. He gathered together his relatives and close friends to be there C. Cornelius met Peter (Acts 10:25) 1. He fell down at his feet 2. He worshipped Peter D. Peter refuses his worship – I too am a man (Acts 10:26) III. They each tell their story to each other A. Peter talked with Cornelius and the many persons gathered there (Acts 10:27) B. Peter explains how unusual this is 1. It was unlawful for him to be there (Acts 10:28) 2. God has shown me that I should not call any person common or unclean 3. That is why I came without objection 4. Why did you send for me? (Acts 10:29) C. Cornelius tells why he called for Peter 1. He talks about his prayer and the angel (Acts 10:30-33) 2. He talked about what the angel said 3. He had obediently called for Peter 4. Now we are all here to hear all that you have been commanded by the Lord IV. Peter shares what he has learned A. Before anyone was saved in this home B. Before the gospel was preached C. Listen to what Peter says he has learned (Acts 10:34, 35) 1. God shows no partiality 2. If someone fears Him 3. If they do what is right 4. They are acceptable to God - The gospel will find them (Rom. 1:19, 20, Jer. 29:13, Matt. 13:12, Acts 11:14) If just fearing God and doing what was acceptable was all that was needed for salvation there would have been no need for Peter to go on and preach the gospel message, and Cornelius and his family would not have needed to trust in Jesus for the forgiveness of their sins, and they would not have needed to receive the Holy Spirit. Peter is saying that he realizes that salvation is for all who will believe, whatever their race, financial status, social status or pagan background. He realized this as he heard the story of God working in Cornelius’ life.
Primary Claim: There are many barriers that keep us from prayer and make our prayers ineffective.
Enjoying God’s people is an outgrowth of the gospel.
I. BARRIERS II. BIGGER III. HEART IV. ONE
God desires for us to be influencers for Him and His name. But we all know that there are also barriers to our influence. Things that we allow to be in our lives that hinder our influence and our effectiveness as Christians.