"Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us…" -Ephesians 5:1-2
"For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. " - 1 Corinthians 1:18

Cornelius and Peter

Pastor Jonathan Cook began today’s preaching with a very brief review of the events contained in Acts Chapter 9 that he covered during our last sermon. This served as a foundation for examining Acts 10:1-23 where the encounter between Cornelius, a gentile, and the Apostle Peter is described. Elder Cook, also using Ezekiel 11:19-20, Psalm 51:10, Romans 14:14 and numerous other scriptures, emphasized how Cornelius, though never having heard the gospel, clearly showed evidence of being born of the Spirit of God. Cornelius was not only a just man that feared God (along with his entire family), but also prayed and gave alms regularly – – not something that one with a “heart of stone” would do. Elder Cook also reflected on how God first instructed Cornelius in a vision to seek out Peter, and then the very next day gave Peter a vison so that he understood that, “What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common.” This was the way in which God prepared Peter to not only be hospitable towards a gentile’s servants, but also to respond affirmatively to an invite to the home of Cornelius so that Cornelius could hear what Peter had to say regarding what Cornelius “oughtest to do.”

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