What does it say?
- Read each section and answer the following questions: (sections: Acts 9:32–43, Acts 10:1–8, Acts 10:9–29, Acts 10:30–43, Acts 10:44–48)
- Who is mentioned and how are they described?
- What happens and how does it happen?
- What is the result?
- What speech is included?
- Who speaks?
- What commands are given?
- How do they respond?
- What do the characters say about what happens?
What does it mean?
- What do you think is the purpose of Peter's healing ministry?
- What is significant about Cornelius?
- What does Peter's vision of the sheet and animals teach him?
- What does it mean for something to be "common or unclean"?
- Why did he need to see it so many times?
- How does this help us understand the purpose of the Old Testament food laws?
- How does this help us understand the amazement of 10:44–48?
- How would you summarize the message of this passage?
- What conclusions does Peter draw from all that happened?
- How does God make clean what was considered unclean?
How should it change us?
- Who is "unclean" and therefore "unworthy" or "unable" to receive the gospel in your mind? (Repent of your prejudices)
- How can we as a church celebrate and promote unity in diversity? What would it look like for this aspect of the gospel to grow in our community?
- What do the examples of Peter and Cornelius teach us about God's sovereignty in our personal evangelism? What might we learn as we seek to share the gospel with others?