Gospel Sermons For Sundays After Pentecost (Middle Third)
I want to take you back to that time in your life when you made the transition from elementary school to junior high or middle school. The seventh grade was the transition period for me. I might add that it wasn't a very good one. Perhaps it can be said that moving from elementary school, up the ladder so to speak, to the next rung can be a difficult time for most young people. Suddenly your life is turned upside down. Remember? Back when I moved from the sixth grade to seventh, you left the elementary school behind.
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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.