75 Good news for everyone

Start the challenge by finding and reading a Bible verse from Acts 10:35.

Have you ever had a message that made you happy – perhaps in a birthday card or a phone call?

Can you think of a Bible story where God gives a message to someone? (If you can’t think of anything, look at the Big Bible Challenge.)

Think of some of the messages that God has given you through the Bible, or through another person or straight to your mind. When have you known or sensed God speaking to you?

 

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The story so far…

Cornelius was a Roman soldier who believed in God. He saw an angel who told him to send someone to fetch Peter. Cornelius sent three of his men, right away. At the same time, God gave Peter a strange dream – and then told him to go with the men who were about to arrive at his house.

Now read Acts 10:23b–33 together.

 

What happened next…

Peter told Cornelius and all his family and servants about Jesus. They believed what Peter said and the Holy Spirit came to them, just as he had done on the day of Pentecost. They were the first non-Jewish people to become followers of Jesus.

 

Explore the Bible

Answer the questions from Big Bible Challenge page 96 together.

 

Did you know…?

Cornelius He was a centurion, an officer in the Roman army. He was in command of the soldiers in Caesarea.

Going to visit Jews and non-Jews did not mix; plus, the Romans had taken over the country by force and were hated by many of the local people. So it was a huge step for Peter to go to the home of Cornelius. When Cornelius became a Christian, he was the first non-Jew or “Gentile” to do so.

Unclean There were many rules about what Jews could or could not eat. Food that could be eaten was “clean”; food that was not allowed was “unclean”. God gave Peter a dream in which all food was “clean”. When he met Cornelius, Peter realised that the dream was about people: “God treats all people alike” (Acts 10:34 CEV) and both Jews and non-Jews could be Christians.

 

Try it out

About 1,900 years after Peter met Cornelius, a man called Martin Luther King Jr made a famous speech in America, on 28 August 1963. The speech is known as “I have a dream”. He spoke about freedom and about all people being equal. Here is part of what he said that day:

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

I have a dream today!

I have a dream that one day… little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.

I have a dream today!

When we allow freedom to ring… we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing… “Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!

What message was God showing Peter in his dream? What message did Martin Luther King speak about in his dream for the future? Talk with your Bible Coach about what you can do to make these dreams a reality in your own home, school or neighbourhood.

 

Talk to God

“Jesus, thank you that all the different people in the world can have faith. Help me to have faith in you.”

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