Read Acts 10:1-33.
Read the following questions, and pick one or two to respond to in the comments below. Or, respond to someone else’s comment with a question or comment of your own.
God had previously commanded faithful Jews like Peter to avoid eating unclean animals. In Peter's vision, he is told to “kill and eat” those very same animals. No wonder Peter was “greatly puzzled” in verse 17. What do you notice about Peter's process of discernment in Acts 10? How does he know that God is now giving him a different command about visiting Cornelius?
How do we know when God is giving us a different command, or when we should apply God's commands in a different way? How can we learn from Peter as we discern these things?
Peter was led by God in a direction that he did not understand. Have you ever experienced the leading of God in this way?
Read verses 25 and 26. How do you understand this interaction, in light of the dynamics of the broader story? Cornelius, a man of military might, falls on his knees before Peter. Peter, a Jew who should not have been willing to welcome this gentile, replies by saying, “Stand up; I am only a mortal.” What motivates each man?
Questions from A Walk Thru the Life of Peter:
How would you respond if God told you to do something that would violate one of your long-held personal values?
If the Spirit dramatically manifested himself among people who had never been to church or read the Bible, would you be more likely to feel jealous or praise God? Why?