The Conversion of Cornelius (Acts 10-11)

The Conversion of Cornelius Acts 10-11

Acts 10-11

I. Cornelius was a good man

    A. He was devout (Luke 10:25-28; 9:23-25)
    B. He was reverent (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14; 2 Corinthians 7:1; Psalm 36:1-4)
    C. He was a leader in his home (Deuteronomy 6:4-7)
    D. He was generous (Leviticus 19:9-10; Galatians 6:10)
    E. He was a praying man (James 5:16)

II. Cornelius was a lost man

    A. He needed to be told what he “must do” (Acts 10:3-8)
    B. Peter brought the gospel to the Gentiles (Acts 10:28-29, 34-35, 42-43; 1:8; 2:39)
    C. God showed the acceptability of the Gentiles (Acts 10:44-46; Mark 16:20; Acts 10:47-48)

III. The Jewish response

    A. Initial backlash (Acts 11:1-3)
    B. Peter’s defense: “at the beginning” (Acts 11:15, 17)
    C. God was glorified (Acts 11:18; Galatians 3:28)

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