John Wesley had firmly established his societies of believers who became known as Methodists for their methodical, disciplined, spiritual lifestyles. Though Wesley was the leader of this spirited group, he always questioned his own faith and salvation. This doubting became most apparent on his return voyage from Georgia to England, where he went to convert the Indians. While crossing the Atlantic, the ship encountered a thunderous storm. Wesley became frightened of his own safety but was amazed at the calmness of the Moravians on board.
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The bride-to-be was obviously nervous. It was only the rehearsal, but already the pastor could see that tomorrow’s wedding might be in for problems.
“You’re letting it all get to you,” he told her gently, as he pulled her aside. “Just take it one little step at a time. When you get to the door with your father tomorrow afternoon, look only at the aisle ahead of you. You’ve walked it hundreds of times, every Sunday when you come to church. Think only of that.
This story about Peter's mission to the Gentiles continues the account that began in 10:1, and it repeats in greater detail the content of Peter's vision that was already mentioned in 10:9-16. It is a remarkable story, because it treats rather lightly a dispute that was widespread in the New Testament church, the dispute over conditions to be laid upon Gentile converts to the faith.