Rev. Lon Lorton

January 26, 2020

Acts 11:1-18

Peter had a lot of explaining to do.

  • He had eaten and associated with the dreaded Gentiles.

Peter's vision:

  • Spread the Good News of the Gospel to Gentiles.
  • There was no longer any distinction or discrimination between Jews and Gentiles.

The Gospel is fully God's way of making peace:

  • Between sinners and God.
  • Between sinners and other sinners.
  • God demolishes barriers.

Our question for today has to do with what is essential:

  • To God, not to us.
  • There are differences needing debate
  • There are debates, though, over things on which God is clear.

Holiness has nothing to do with getting the rules right.

  • It has everything to do with a relationship with Jesus Christ.

Who are the self-defined "Gentiles" in our lives?