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Now the apostles and the believers who were in Judea heard that the Gentiles had also accepted the word of God. So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcised
believers criticized him, saying, “Why did you go to
uncircumcised men and eat with them?” Then Peter began to explain it to them, step by step, saying, “I was in the city of Joppa praying, and in a trance I saw a vision. There was something like a large sheet coming down from heaven, being lowered by its four corners; and it came close to me. As I looked at it closely I saw four-footed animals, beasts of prey, reptiles, and birds of the air. I also heard a voice
saying to me, ‘Get up, Peter; kill and eat.’But I replied, ‘By no means, Lord; for nothing profane or unclean has ever entered my mouth.’But a second time the voice answered from heaven, ‘What God has made clean, you must not call profane.’This happened three times; then everything was pulled up again to heaven.
Want to dig deeper? Additional Scripture Suggestions:
1. What connections do you see to the overarching theme of taking the Gospel message to the ends of the earth?
2. What connections did you see within the additional scripture references? How did this enhance your understanding of today’s passage?
3. What similarities did you hear between the First Century church and the American church today?
4. How do you determine whether a new idea or movement among Christians is from the Lord or not? How has this played out at HPC?