Conversion of Cornelius

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					              Cases of Conversion

        • 3,000 on Pentecost (Acts 2)
        • Samaritans (Acts 8:4-12)
        • Simon (Acts 8:13-25)
        • Ethiopian Eunuch (Acts 8:26-40)
•       • Saul (Acts 10, 11, 15)
    Cornelius of Tarsus (Acts 9, 22, 26)
        • Cornelius (Acts 10)
        • Lydia (Acts 16:13-15)
        • Philippian Jailor (Acts 16:25-34)
        • Corinthians (Acts 18)
        • Ephesians (Acts 19)
    Conversion of
      Cornelius
             Acts 10, 11, 15

• Acts 10:1-48 – The account of Conversion
• Acts 11:1-18 – Peter retells events
• Acts 15:7-9 – Peter relates it at Jerusalem
      Conversion of
        Cornelius
 Of particular interest – opens
 door to Gentiles
 Converted without circumcision
 7+ years gospel has been preached
 to Jews only
    Conversion of
      Cornelius
             Acts 10, 11, 15

• Acts 10:1-48 – The account of Conversion
• Acts 11:1-18 – Peter retells events
• Acts 15:7-9 – Peter relates it at Jerusalem
Conversion of
  Cornelius
    Acts 10, 11, 15

  I. The Man Cornelius
                       A. A Gentile
                         • First Gentile convert
                         • At time church mostly Jews –
                         Today mostly Gentiles
I. The Man Cornelius



                         • His conversion is used to prove
                            Gentiles can be saved like Jews
                       A. A Gentile
                       B. Military Man
                         • Centurion (over 100 soldiers)
I. The Man Cornelius


                         • Of Italian Regiment (Cohort band
                         of      500 to 1000 men)
                         • Man of power & authority
                         • Had same need of the lowest
                         private
                       A. A Gentile
                       B. Military Man
                       C. Moral Man
I. The Man Cornelius


                         • Devout – Sincere (v. 2)
                         • Gave alms     - good to others (v.
                         2)
                         • Just man – honorable, honest (v.
                         22)
                         • Good reputation (v. 22)
                       A. A Gentile
                       B. Military Man
                       C. Moral Man
I. The Man Cornelius


                       D. Religious Man
                         • Devout – Devoted to his
                         religious    service; active in
                         religion (v. 2)
                         • Feared God (v. 2)
                         • Prayed (v. 2)
                       A. A Gentile
                       B. Military Man
                       C. Moral Man
I. The Man Cornelius


                       D. Religious Man
                       E. Desired to Know
                         • Admitted that needed to learn (v.
                         33)
                         • Wanted to know what God said (v.
                         33)
                       A. A Gentile
                       B. Military Man
                       C. Moral Man
I. The Man Cornelius


                       D. Religious Man
                       E. Desired to Know
                       F. Relation to God
                         • Not saved (11:14)
                         • Had not repented unto life (11:18)
                         • Even though: Moral & Religious!
Conversion of
  Cornelius
       Acts 10, 11, 15

   I. The Man Cornelius

II. Miracles Surrounding It

             Reason:
      First Gentile Convert
  To Bring Cornelius & Peter Together
                              A. Angel Appeared to Cornelius (10:3-8)
                                • Said prayers are heard (v. 4)
                                • Told Cornelius to send for Peter
II. Miracles Surrounding It


                                (vv. 5-6)
                                • Peter will tell you what do to (v.
                                6)
                                • He send 3 men for Peter (vv. 7-8)
                                • This had nothing to do with his
                                       salvation
                                    If it did – why not in all cases?
                                    When Angel left – no evidence that
                                       Point: To Call For Peter
                                    he yet believes in Christ
                              A. Angel Appeared to Cornelius (10:3-8)
                              B. Peter’s Vision (10:9-18)
                                • Sheet with animals told to eat
II. Miracles Surrounding It


                                (vv. 9- 16)
                                • Means: What Lord cleansed – not
                                 common or unclean
                                • Application: Gentiles acceptable
                                • Explanation (10:28-29)

                                       Point: Go to the Gentiles
                  Peter Goes To
                    Cornelius
                    Acts 10:24-33
1. Cornelius welcomes Peter (vv. 24-27)
 a. Waiting with family & friends (vv. 24, 27)
 b. Attempted to worship Peter (vv. 25-26)
2. Peter explains why he comes to Gentiles (vv.
28-29)
3. Cornelius explains his calling for Peter (vv.
30-33)
 a. His vision (vv. 30-32)
                               A. Angel Appeared to Cornelius (10:3-8)
                               B. Peter’s Vision (10:9-18)
                               C. Reception of the Holy Spirit (vv.
II. Miracles Surrounding It


                               44-47)
                                  • What did they receive?
                                                    Holy Spirit Baptism

                               Was like what the Apostles received (10:45, 47
                               Reminded Peter of Holy Spirit Baptism (11:16)
                               Same gift (11:17)
                               Just as unto “us” (15:8)
                              A. Angel Appeared to Cornelius (10:3-8)
                              B. Peter’s Vision (10:9-18)
                              C. Reception of the Holy Spirit (vv.
II. Miracles Surrounding It


                              44-47)
                                • What did they receive?
                                • What did it    prove?

                               That the Gentiles are now Gospel subjects
                                              (Acts 11:18)
                              A. Angel Appeared to Cornelius (10:3-8)
                              B. Peter’s Vision (10:9-18)
                              C. Reception of the Holy Spirit (vv.
II. Miracles Surrounding It


                              44-47)
                                • What did they receive?
                                • What did it    prove?
                                • What it does not prove
                               1. Holy Spirit baptism For believers today
                               2. Saved before being baptized
If The Reception of the Holy Spirit Proves
        Salvation Before Baptism,
     It Proves Salvation Before Faith

    The Holy Spirit Fell As Peter Began To Speak
                     (Acts 11:15)

         Began                         Finished
 “Past tense of begin” (58)     Finish: “to bring or come
  Begin: “…to enter upon        To an end; to complete.”
some action; to start…” (59)               (242)


                      Peter’s Sermon
Conversion of
  Cornelius
      Acts 10, 11, 15

   I. The Man Cornelius

II. Miracles Surrounding It

      III. The Sermon
                  A. No Partiality (10:34-35)
                    • God does not respect persons
                    • Accepts those
                        Fear God
                        Work Righteousness
III. The Sermon
                  A. No Partiality (10:34-35)
                  B. Christ (10:36-43)
                    • Anointed with power - miracles (v.
                    38)
                    • Was killed – crucified (v. 39)
III. The Sermon




                    • Raised from dead (vv. 40-41)
                    • Judge of living & dead (v. 42)
                    • Fulfillment of prophecy (v. 43)
                    • Offers salvation (v. 43)
                  A. No Partiality (10:34-35)
                  B. Christ (10:36-43)
                  C. What he was told to do
                    • Hear (10:6; 11:14)
                    • Believe (10:43)
III. The Sermon




                    • Repent (11:15)
                    • Baptized (10:48)


                           Cornelius Obeyed
                            (Acts 15:7-9)
Conversion of
  Cornelius
      Acts 10, 11, 15

   I. The Man Cornelius

II. Miracles Surrounding It

      III. The Sermon

				
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