Published for Semester Break Week 8, 2020
Scripture: Acts 10:34-48
Speaker: Paddy Benn
Please download the slides for Break Week 8 and modify them for your faculty gathering as needed.
The EU continues to encourage faculties to be thinking and praying for people around the world who are Less Reached and Less Resourced (LRLR). For those of you who were at AnCon, we hope this week was a great encouragement and challenge for you to consider how you might serve the LRLR with your skills and resources.
Feel free to ask your faculty members if there are any missionaries or people groups that they have been praying for, and encourage them to share and lead the faculty in prayer at this time.
If you are a bit short on time, here is some information from the Joshua Project on the Northern Uzbek people of Uzbekistan. They are a frontier group, which means they are an unreached people group with 0.1% or fewer Christians of any kind, and no evidence of a self-sustaining gospel movement. There is also no Bible translation available.
Friendly tip: Feel free to use/modify this prayer or write your own if you feel compelled to do so. Feel free to also pray for your faculty or other prayer points you may have too.
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you that we can come together as a faculty and hear from your word today. Thank you for access to technology which allows us to keep meeting together despite the pandemic. Please give us open hearts and minds as we hear from your word today, that we may grow to love and understand you better.
We pray for those impacted by the explosion in Beirut last week. We pray especially for those who were injured and those who have lost their homes, loved ones, or belongings. Please give your peace and comfort to all who are impacted, and give safety to the people involved in care and response.
Thank you for the rest we have been able to enjoy between semesters, and pray that you will help us to refocus and remain energised as the new semester draws near. Thank you for the wonderful opportunity we have to study and learn about your world and the people in it. Please help us to work at everything we do as working for you, and all to your glory.
We pray all this in Jesus' name.
Bible Reading: Acts 10:34-48
34 Then Peter began to speak: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism 35 but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right. 36 You know the message God sent to the people of Israel, announcing the good news of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all. 37 You know what has happened throughout the province of Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John preached— 38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him.
39 “We are witnesses of everything he did in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem. They killed him by hanging him on a cross, 40 but God raised him from the dead on the third day and caused him to be seen. 41 He was not seen by all the people, but by witnesses whom God had already chosen—by us who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. 42 He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one whom God appointed as judge of the living and the dead. 43 All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”
44 While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message. 45 The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astonished that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on Gentiles. 46 For they heard them speaking in tongues and praising God.
Then Peter said, 47 “Surely no one can stand in the way of their being baptized with water. They have received the Holy Spirit just as we have.” 48 So he ordered that they be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked Peter to stay with them for a few days.
1. To what extent do you think people are ‘beyond’ salvation? What does this say about your understanding of God, and yourself?
2. What are the key aspects of salvation that Peter reminds his hearers of? Why might this be important in how we proclaim the gospel this semester?
3. With regard to your personal proclamation of the gospel, what have you been challenged to undertake differently this semester?
Spend some time praying about these things