Weekly Home Guide
This guide is a tool to help you give your attention to God throughout your week as you gather as a household. Use it in collaboration with the virtual service, the sermon video (found under our media tab) or on its own as a devotional resource.
Sermon Series: Culture Club
April 11: 'The Centurion's Vision - Acts 10:1-8
April 18: 'Four Corners' - Acts 10:9-16
April 25: 'Losing My Religion - Acts 10:17-23
May 2: 'Copyright' - Acts 10:24-48
Step 1: Music
God So Loved
Good and Loved
Turn to God’s word.
Peter was very perplexed. What could the vision mean? Just then the men sent by Cornelius found Simon’s house. Standing outside the gate, they asked if a man named Simon Peter was staying there.
Meanwhile, as Peter was puzzling over the vision, the Holy Spirit said to him, “Three men have come looking for you. Get up, go downstairs, and go with them without hesitation. Don’t worry, for I have sent them.”
So Peter went down and said, “I’m the man you are looking for. Why have you come?”
They said, “We were sent by Cornelius, a Roman officer. He is a devout and God-fearing man, well respected by all the Jews. A holy angel instructed him to summon you to his house so that he can hear your message.” So Peter invited the men to stay for the night. The next day he went with them, accompanied by some of the brothers from Joppa.
Step 3: Prayer
Seek God through prayer
- Pray for those who are discovering Jesus. Pray that they would see space for them in the church and commit to Christ.
- Pray for our church to become a place of radical welcome.
- Pray for a softening of hearts as we include people from all walks of life as we worship our saviour Jesus Christ.
Step 4: Talk about
This part of the narrative moves from God and Peter (Acts 9-16) to Peter and the household, and yet God is still present and even filling the space. God creates space for both the Gentile and Jewish people inside Simon the Tanner's home.
Notice the Holy Spirit telling Peter, "go to them without hesitation." God is not waiting for Peter to get his wits about him or giving him time to construct what he will say when he declines them carefully. God says be with them. God's sense of radical and generous welcome is so big that Peter invites these people to stay the night at Simon the Tanner's house. Even in our own context, we wouldn't invite strangers to stay the night in our friend's home, but in this ancient context, this is two very separate people groups, Jews and Gentiles, under one roof. God is instrumental in encouraging diversity. God desires diversity. God puts people who are diverse under the same roof. God tore down the pride of the Romans and the religiosity of the Jews so that they could find common ground in their love for him.
When we think about how we can model the example set by Peter, we can start in our homes. We can ensure that our table is set and ready for those who would otherwise not be welcome. We can tear down the barriers that separate us and focus on our image-of-God nature.
Take some time to reflect on this.
Step 5: Family resource
Click here for an activity or a few questions you can do with your family.
Step 6: Benediction
Close your time.
And now, may the God of peace, who brought back again from the dead our Lord Jesus, equip you with all you need for doing his will. May he produce in you, through the power of Jesus Christ, all this is pleasing to him. To him be glory forever and ever. Amen.
Step 7: Questions
- What are some challenges Peter faces when hosting the Gentiles?
- Have you ever hosted someone from a different culture? What challenges did you face? In what ways did you experience more joy?
- What can you do to make your home welcoming in the way that God calls us to be welcoming?