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Peter's Ministry to the Gentiles, and The Church at Antioch
Our Weekly Bible Study begins with us reading the assigned scripture ahead of time and preparing our hearts for study and discussion. When we meet (virtually or in person) we first read the scripture as a group, and then take turns sharing and discussing what impacted us the most, and our general interpretation of what we read.
Making Notes as we go through Bible Study is always encouraged, as it helps to increase our understanding of what we have read, and also allows us to become more comfortable and familiar with the Bible.
To make participation easier and more memorable for our younger children, we will include a link to Storybook Bible images of the readings whenever these are available.
This week’s virtual Bible Study focused on Acts 11. After praying and reading through the chapters, we discussed the verses at length, and shared our personal views on what we had read.
This chapter dealt with two major issues:
We discussed the fact that these topics were presented in a courtroom or trial type setting in which Peter found himself having to present evidence to explain why he was Ministering to the Gentiles. Peter’s situation was a difficult one, but as promised, the Holy Spirit was with him, and appeared to him in a vision to remind him that grace and mercy are more important than tradition.
We were also reminded that we should learn from Peter’s actions, and apply this in our own lives during times of disagreement or argument. Instead of becoming upset, and giving in to our opinions or feelings, we should instead submit to the prompting of the Holy Spirit within us, and allow the Word of God to take over.
We also discussed Barnabas, and noted that he was a great encourager. We were reminded how important it is for everyone to have a “Barnabas” in their life…someone who provides support and encouragement and helps us to strengthen our faith.
We concluded that the Holy Spirit’s presence within us changes our lives, just as His presence changed Peter’s life. We also all felt extremely thankful that God’s grace allows for the abandonment of the old laws of Judaism, and permits us, as Gentiles, to follow Christ, and become believers.
Please click on the Bible resources below to read and reflect further on this week’s chapter.
As you read, ask yourself: What are MY thoughts on what I am reading?
Acts 11: Peter's Vision
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