Sermon: Saturday 16th May

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Preached on 11th May 2020
(5th of Easter)
by Antony Oakley

Acts 11:1-18

Peter's Report to the Church at Jerusalem

1The apostles and the other believers throughout Judea heard that the Gentiles also had received the word of God. 2When Peter went to Jerusalem, those who were in favour of circumcising Gentiles criticized him, saying, 3“You were a guest in the home of uncircumcised Gentiles, and you even ate with them!” 4So Peter gave them a complete account of what had happened from the very beginning:

5“While I was praying in the city of Joppa, I had a vision. I saw something coming down that looked like a large sheet being lowered by its four corners from heaven, and it stopped next to me. 6I looked closely inside and saw domesticated and wild animals, reptiles, and wild birds. 7Then I heard a voice saying to me, ‘Get up, Peter; kill and eat!’8But I said, ‘Certainly not, Lord! No ritually unclean or defiled food has ever entered my mouth.’ 9The voice spoke again from heaven, ‘Do not consider anything unclean that God has declared clean.’10This happened three times, and finally the whole thing was drawn back up into heaven. 11At that very moment three men who had been sent to me from Caesarea arrived at the house where I was staying. 12The Spirit told me to go with them without hesitation. These six fellow-believers from Joppa accompanied me to Caesarea, and we all went into the house of Cornelius. 13He told us how he had seen an angel standing in his house, who said to him, ‘Send someone to Joppa for a man whose full name is Simon Peter. 14He will speak words to you by which you and all your family will be saved.’ 15And when I began to speak, the Holy Spirit came down on them just as on us at the beginning. 16Then I remembered what the Lord had said: ‘John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’17It is clear that God gave those Gentiles the same gift that he gave us when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ; who was I, then, to try to stop God!”

18When they heard this, they stopped their criticism and praised God, saying, “Then God has given to the Gentiles also the opportunity to repent and live!”

https://www.biblesociety.org.uk/explore-the-bible/read/eng/GNB/Acts/11/

Singing the Faith 397

The Spirit Lives To Set Us Free

Verse 1

The Spirit lives to set us free
Walk walk in the light
He binds us all in unity
Walk walk in the light

Chorus

Walk in the light
Walk in the light
Walk in the light
Walk in the light of the Lord

Verse 2

Jesus promised life to all
Walk walk in the light
The dead were wakened by His call
Walk walk in the light

Verse 3

He died in pain on Calvary
Walk walk in the light
To save the lost like you and me
Walk walk in the light

Verse 4

We know His death was not the end
Walk walk in the light
He gave His Spirit to be our friend
Walk walk in the light

Verse 5

By Jesus' love our wounds are healed
Walk walk in the light
The Father's kindness is revealed
Walk walk in the light

Verse 6

The Spirit lives in you and me
Walk walk in the light
His light will shine for all to see
Walk walk in the light

 

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