The Gentiles Believe
Preacher: Jeremiah Fyffe
1. THE GENTILES ARE CLEAN
2. THE GENTILES HEAR THE GOSPEL
3. THE GENTILES BELIEVE
4. THE CHURH REJOICES
This mystery is that the Gentiles are fellow heirs, members of the same body, and partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.
You yourselves know how unlawful it is for a Jew to associate with or to visit anyone of another nation, but God has shown me that I should not call any person common or unclean.
Ephesians 2:14 says that Jesus …
… came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near.
Seek the LORD while he may be found;
call upon him while he is near;
let the wicked forsake his way,
and the unrighteous man his thoughts;
let him return to the LORD, that he may have compassion on him,
and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
Let me ask you only this: Did you receive the Spirit by works of the law or by hearing with faith?
However, the challenge remains in every local context to express the reality of that fellowship by abandoning every form of prejudice, and adopting habits such as sharing food and hospitality, which practically demonstrate the unity which the NT proclaims.
Community Group Questions
Work together as a group to retell the story of Acts 10-11:18.
A major theme in this passage is salvation by faith alone. How have you been tempted to try to add your own righteousness or some other requirement to the proclamation of grace in Jesus?
In Acts 10:34 Peter says, “Truly I understand that God shows no partiality ….” The grace of Jesus is sufficient for all of mankind and the good news is intended to be proclaimed for all people. Spend some time praying as a group and praising God for the scope of his salvation. Consider the following verses to help you know how to pray.
Ephesians 2:13 - But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
Ephesians 2:18–22 - For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.
Ephesians 3:6 - This mystery is that the Gentiles are fellow heirs, members of the same body, and partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.
Ephesians 3:14–19 - For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
It is true God shows no partiality, yet Pillar Commentary suggests, “… the challenge remains in every local context to express the reality of that fellowship by abandoning every form of prejudice, and adopting habits such as sharing food and hospitality, which practically demonstrate the unity which the NT proclaims.” How might we labor to reflect the impartiality of the gospel in Brevard County?