Sermon Snippet – 19th May 2019

Each week we’ll post a short snippet from Ashley’s sermon from that Sunday. Here’s a few lines from what he said about Peter’s report of his encounter with the Gentile Cornelius.

Through the Holy Spirit and the testimony of Peter, God was pushing at the boundaries that the church in Jerusalem had set up.

For just as God had shown Peter that he had made these animals clean, meaning that he should not reject them, so in the coming of the Holy Spirit he had shown Peter that he had accepted these gentiles, meaning that neither Peter nor any other Jewish Christians should reject them, that is think of them as anything other than equal.

I wonder what this might say to us and to any boundaries that we have set up.

The church in Jerusalem wanted the Gentile Christians to be circumcised. That is they said that to be ‘in’, or to be one of us, then – in this way, you have to become like us.

I wonder if there are ways in which we might be saying, “All are welcome”, but if you want to be ‘in’ then you have to become like us.

[Reflecting on Acts 11.1-18]

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