Preached by Pastor Steve Jamison
‘The apostles and the believers throughout Judea heard that the Gentiles also had received the word of God. So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcised believers criticized him and said, “You went into the house of uncircumcised men and ate with them.” Starting from the beginning, Peter told them the whole story: “I was in the city of Joppa praying, and in a trance I saw a vision. I saw something like a large sheet being let down from heaven by its four corners, and it came down to where I was. I looked into it and saw four-footed animals of the earth, wild beasts, reptiles and birds. Then I heard a voice telling me, ‘Get up, Peter. Kill and eat.’ “I replied, ‘Surely not, Lord! Nothing impure or unclean has ever entered my mouth.’ “The voice spoke from heaven a second time, ‘Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.’ This happened three times, and then it was all pulled up to heaven again. “Right then three men who had been sent to me from Caesarea stopped at the house where I was staying. The Spirit told me to have no hesitation about going with them. These six brothers also went with me, and we entered the man’s house. He told us how he had seen an angel appear in his house and say, ‘Send to Joppa for Simon who is called Peter. He will bring you a message through which you and all your household will be saved.’ “As I began to speak, the Holy Spirit came on them as he had come on us at the beginning. Then I remembered what the Lord had said: ‘John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’ So if God gave them the same gift he gave us who believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I to think that I could stand in God’s way?” When they heard this, they had no further objections and praised God, saying, “So then, even to Gentiles God has granted repentance that leads to life.” ‘Acts 11:1-18
- Peter was to get ready because God had something big for him
- He went into a man’s house that he would never have gone into before
- Peter was called and fought against everything that was pushing him away and preached Jesus to them
- Everyone came to faith before an altar call or place of commitment
- They received Jesus into their heart and they start to worship God in languages they didn’t know outload (baptized in the Holy Spirit)
- 6 believers went with Peter
- Are you having a stirring in your heart and witnessing and testifying that you need to serve God and receive Jesus into your heart?
- Peter crossed the threshold and because of the work of the Holy Spirit did in and through him.
- How would you respond when people accused you of doing what God called you to do? That is what happened to Peter and so he had to defend and explain himself.
- They were asking him what do you think you were doing?
- Peter had the grace to respond to them by revealing what happened
- There was expectation when they sent for Peter than everyone in Cornelius’ house would be saved.
- ‘“As I began to speak, the Holy Spirit came on them as he had come on us at the beginning. Then I remembered what the Lord had said: ‘John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’ So if God gave them the same gift he gave us who believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I to think that I could stand in God’s way?” ‘
— Acts 11:15-17
- It wasn’t the testimony of Peter but the testimony of the Holy Spirit Himself
- Do you think that would be enough to convince you?
- Peter is the one who preached on the day of Pentecost and caused lives to be transformed. Peter again preached but this time to the gentiles but the other apostles questioned him about it.
- After the explanation then they were able to receive the reality of it.
- To God there is no longer man or women, Jew or gentile, there is unity when we receive Jesus
- Acts 1 – ‘On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” ‘ — Acts 1:4-5
- Acts 8 – ‘When the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent Peter and John to Samaria. When they arrived, they prayed for the new believers there that they might receive the Holy Spirit, because the Holy Spirit had not yet come on any of them; they had simply been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then Peter and John placed their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit. ‘ Acts 8:14-17
- It took Peter doing something that God asked him to do.
- We need to be seekers! We need to be hungry and thirsty for God to work in and through our lives!
- Holy Spirit will be comforter, guide, will make it known to you
- But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. – John 14:26
- 13 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. 14 He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you. — John 16:13-14
- We have to stand for what God has born in us!
- Revival comes when people get sick and tired of being sick and tired and are willing to humble themselves and invite God into their situation
- We need to seek God for the now!
- What is it that God wants us to do right now!
- Peter and Cornelius had prompting in their lives.
- Cornelius sent 3 men to go 34 miles and look for Simon who is known as Peter
- Peter as a Jew didn’t want to do things that were unclean but lead by God he crossed the threshold and then got hammered for being obedient to God
- We have to be obedient to what God is asking of us
- Are you walking with a hunger for what the Holy Spirit can do in your life?
- Are you living with anticipation of the Holy Spirit to lead you and prompt you?
- Will you respond and let God pour into you and pursue what He is calling you to do?