Summary: Peter shares the gospel with Cornelius
Good News, Cornelius!
Acts 10:24 – 10:48
Jeff Hughes – July 27, 2003
Calvary Chapel Aggieland
a. Over the past two weeks, we have looked at a man named Cornelius, a centurion living in Caesarea. He was a man who wanted a relationship with the living God, but he just didn’t know how.
b. Historically, the Jews thought that they had a corner on a relationship with God, and to some degree, this had carried over into the church that had started at Jerusalem.
c. God’s grace had to be extended to Cornelius so that he could come into that relationship, so that he could have not only peace in his life, but also that he would have eternal life.
d. This morning, we are going to see the gospel, the good news about Jesus coming to the house of Cornelius as we continue through our study in Acts this morning. But first, let’s pray, and ask His blessing on our study today.
a. In a 1995 survey by Barna Research Group, it was discovered that non-Christians have no clue what Christians mean when some they use some of the phrases Christians often take for granted.
b. 63% of non-Christians don’t know what Christians mean when they talk about the Gospel. 75% of non-Christians don’t know what John 3:16 is. Add to the phrases like "a broken heart", "I’ve been convicted", and "get into the Word, which non-Christians would hear quite differently. The problem for unbelievers is they hear this unspoken message from Christians, "If you don’t understand the holy lingo, you don’t belong to the holy huddle." However, 40% of Christians don’t know what the Gospel means, and 53% don’t know John 3:16.
c. Cornelius had done some digging in his life, and he had no doubt heard about the things that the Jews were doing, and he sought to emulate that.
d. But, he didn’t need a lot of regulations, he didn’t need a lot of holy doubletalk, what Cornelius needed was to hear the good news – that Jesus had come and died for Him, in a very clear and direct way.
e. So, God chose to send Peter, a clear and direct fisherman from Galilee to tell Cornelius what he was missing, and it would change Cornelius’ life forever.
f. Our study comes from Acts, chapter 10 verse 24, through the end of the chapter, verse 46, as we continue our study this morning. Let’s read along
i. 24 And the following day they entered Caesarea. Now Cornelius was waiting for them, and had called together his relatives and close friends. 25 As Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him and fell down at his feet and worshiped him. 26 But Peter lifted him up, saying, "Stand up; I myself am also a man." 27 And as he talked with him, he went in and found many who had come together. 28 Then he said to them, "You know how unlawful it is for a Jewish man to keep company with or go to one of another nation. But God has shown me that I should not call any man common or unclean. 29 Therefore I came without objection as soon as I was sent for. I ask, then, for what reason have you sent for me?" 30 So Cornelius said, "Four days ago I was fasting until this hour; and at the ninth hour I prayed in my house, and behold, a man stood before me in bright clothing, 31 and said, ’Cornelius, your prayer has been heard, and your alms are remembered in the sight of God. 32 Send therefore to Joppa and call Simon here, whose surname is Peter. He is lodging in the house of Simon, a tanner, by the sea. When he comes, he will speak to you.’ 33 So I sent to you immediately, and you have done well to come. Now therefore, we are all present before God, to hear all the things commanded you by God."