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)
Day 35/260: Read Acts 11
“And the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch.” Wearing the name of Christ is an important part of the church’s identity.
When one opens the Yellow Pages, he can find all sorts of denominational names. Many of them exclude Christ from their identification.
The renowned Baptist preacher Charles Spurgeon, who lived in the 19th century, once said, “For I say of the Baptist name, let it perish, but let Christ’s name last for ever. I look forward with pleasure to the day when there will not be a Baptist living. I hope they will soon be gone.”
Christ prayed for unity in the Garden of Gethsemane (John 17:20-23). Paul commanded it in his first letter to Corinth (1 Corinthians 1:10). The rampant division of the religious world today is a far cry from the unity demanded by a love for the Savior.
May we all turn back to the Bible for our doctrine and for our daily living. May we all restore in our hearts the love for our fellow man and Christ and strive for unity based on the Lord’s revelation.
Memory (Recite to a friend without looking)
Acts 8:12. But when they believed Philip as he preached the things concerning the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, both men and women were baptized.
Pray for unity in the local congregation and the church at large. Pray that all may turn to the Scriptures for doctrine.