THE SUNDAY SCHOOL OVERVIEW WILL FEATURE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE LESSON EACH WEEK. BIBLICAL TRANSLATIONS WILL VARY, BUT THE MAIN RESOURCE WILL BE THE TOWNSEND PRESS SUNDAY SCHOOL COMMENTARY, 96th EDITION. THIS FEATURE IS DESIGNED TO BE OF HELP TO THOSE WHO CANNOT ATTEND THEIR LOCAL CHURCH AND/OR SUNDAY SCHOOL.
Lesson Title: CALLED TO BE INCLUSIVE
Adult/Young Adult Topic: DRAWING IN
Printed Text: Acts 10:19-33
Key Verse: Acts 10:28 (NIV)
He said to them “You are well aware that it is against our law for a Jew to associate with or visit a Gentile. But God has shown me that I should not call anyone impure or unclean.
Source: Townsend Press Sunday School Commentary – 96th Edition, 2016-2017
UNIFYING LESSON PRINCIPLE:
Traditions and cultural understandings often shape our view of the world and others in ways that limit our interactions. How do we overcome the limitations of such understandings? Through a vision and the Spirit, Peter learned how and why to witness to Cornelius and his household.
As Christians, we are called to reach out to others with the Gospel message of Jesus Christ without discrimination or prejudice. When we seek for creative ways to enhance the church’s outreach, we expand our personal and corporate potential for helping to fulfill the Great Commission found in Matthew 28:19-20 (NIV) “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” We may as well get used to being around people who are not like us, because in heaven there will be people from every race and nation.
Fortunately, there is no race or nation that has a monopoly on salvation. Consequently, people from any race, creed culture, or educational background can have the opportunity to partake of the goodness of God and walk in the light as He is in the light.
LORD, thank you for extending your generous invitation for us to enter your wonderful family through salvation and discipleship. Now that we are in the family, we know that we have no right to exclude others who may look or sound or think differently from us. Lord, we leave to you the burden and responsibility of deciding who gets into heaven. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.