Second Lesson Cycle A Proper 23 through Thanksgiving
The grace of God is the theme of some of our favorite hymns. "Amazing grace, how sweet the sound," "Grace, grace, God's grace, grace that is greater than all of our sins." We know this is an important Christian doctrine. It is the primary thrust of the teaching of Paul. It was the pivotal doctrine of the Protestant Reformation. We know the words, "By grace you are saved through faith." But what does it mean? It is not enough to have heard of grace. We need to have experienced it. And in order to experience grace, we have to experience our need for grace.
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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.