It is almost impossible to get an accurate count of how many Christians there are in the world today, but several estimates put the number at around 2.2 billion, making it the largest religion in the world. We now have people who are dedicated followers of Jesus from all parts of the globe -- from China to Kenya to Peru to New Zealand to Iceland. To think: it all started in one room with a dozen disciples and an amazing encounter with the Holy Spirit. We even get a glimpse into how widespread this movement would be when we see the list of all the areas represented in the crowd (vv. 9-10).
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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.