Community Group Gathering via ZOOM
Due to the need for social distancing and to help keep everyone healthy, we will be holding our Community Group gatherings online via ZOOM.
So grab dinner, a drink or a snack, and join us live for fellowship & discussion on our current Sunday sermon or designated topic.
If you would like to join us, contact Judy Furlong for the Zoom meeting link at 562.544.8365 (mobile)
Tonight’s Discussion Topic: ACTS 10:17-33
Tonight’s Discussion Questions:
- We saw in this passage (Acts 10:17-33) that the apostle Peter struggled initially after his supernatural vision to understand the meaning. As the narrative unfolds, Peter makes the discovery of what God is teaching him. Explain the significance of Peter’s vision, and why he needed a radical change of mind.
- We learned that the Spirit himself sent Peter on this mission to the home of Cornelius. This reminded us of Paul’s teaching in Romans 10:13-15 concerning the necessary steps in bringing the lost to salvation. The emphasis is on man’s part in this process. What are the links in this chain? How does the chain of salvation in Romans 8:29-30 differ? Is there a link common to both chains?
- The strict Jewish practice of socially distancing from Gentiles, refusing to enter their home, eat their food, or mix with them, could be viewed as anti-social behavior or a holier-than-thou attitude. Is there a basis in OT law that supports no social contact with Gentiles? Did Jesus practice it? Is there another NT example that illustrates the Jewish mindset toward Gentiles?
- Cornelius knew that Peter’s visit and message was a momentous occasion, and he desired to share it with relatives and friends. He called them to come together at his home so they also could hear what Peter would say. What can we do toward the conversion of our unsaved family and friends?
- Luke’s account in Acts 10 is more than the cancellation of OT restrictions regarding clean and unclean animals, and more than the removal of the barriers that separated the Jewish people from Gentiles. What is the greater purpose for which this encounter between Peter the apostle and Cornelius the Roman centurion has been orchestrated by God? Put this account into the context of the big picture of God’s eternal plan and purpose.
- Can you imagine a contemporary situation where we as a church or you as an individual might need to have a radical change of mind in order for the gospel to spread?