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October 1, 2017

Sermon: A More Intercultural Church: Will We Follow?

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Scripture Lesson

Acts 10:34-44; Deuteronomy 10:17

Gentiles Hear the Good News

Then Peter began to speak to them: ‘I truly understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. You know the message he sent to the people of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ—he is Lord of all. That message spread throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John announced: how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power; how he went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. We are witnesses to all that he did both in Judea and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a tree; but God raised him on the third day and allowed him to appear, not to all the people but to us who were chosen by God as witnesses, and who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one ordained by God as judge of the living and the dead. All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.’

Gentiles Receive the Holy Spirit

While Peter was still speaking, the Holy Spirit fell upon all who heard the word..

For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who is not partial and takes no bribe,

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Sermon Outline

Rev. Jonathan Swanson
A More Intercultural Church: Will We Follow?
Acts 10:34-44; Deuteronomy 10:17

I. Introduction: Peanuts
II. Series: A More Intercultural Church
III. Peter’s story (Acts 10:9-43)
     A. Before the speech
         1. Peter’s vision (10:9-16)
         2. The angels message to Cornelius (10:30-32)
         3. The coming together (10:33)
     B. Peter’s speech (10:34-43)
         1. The gospel message (10:36-43)
         2. Peter’s realization
             a. “God shows no partiality” (10:34)
             b. “He is Lord of all” (10:36)
         3. The same gospel story takes on new meaning
             a. Pursue ministry regardless of social barriers
             b. The meaning of radical inclusiveness
     C. Didn’t Peter know this already?
         1. “The great God . . . who is not partial” (Deut. 10:17)
             a. Very important
             b. To be celebrated
         2. The present progressive construction
         3. God’s illumination
IV. Central Presbyterian
     A. We think we know the gospel
     B. God might surprise us
V. A more intercultural church
     A. Pray for divine discernment
     B. Allow God to
         1. Illumine us
         2. Surprise us
     C. Ask
         1. Where is the Holy Spirit leading?
         2. Will we follow?
VI. Conclusion: The end of Peter’s speech (Acts 10:44)


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