New Testament Catechesis VI – Peter’s Vision and the Gospel for the Gentiles
Text: Acts 10:1-48
Discussion Questions (See if you can come up with some of your own.)
- Who was Cornelius? What was he like?
- What was Cornelius told to do in the vision?
- What did Peter see in a vision?
- What was Peter told to do? How did he respond?
- What did the Lord say to him?
- What does the vision mean?
- What did Peter say about the visit in verse 28?
- What did Peter figure out in verse 34?
- When did the Holy Spirit fall on the people?
- What does this teach us about where faith comes from?
Terms to Know
- Jew: The most common name for someone who was descended from the bloodline of Abraham.
- Gentile: Anyone who was uncircumcised and not from the bloodline of Abraham.
- Children of Abraham: 1) Only the descendents of Abraham in the Old Testament. 2) Now, all true believers in Christ – Jew or Gentile – who believe in salvation by God’s grace alone through faith in Christ.
- Caesarea: A port city on the Mediterranean Sea. It was first evangelized by Philip, was the home of Cornelius, and a prominent city in Paul’s missionary travels. Paul spent over two years there when he was under arrest before going to Rome.
- Cornelius: The Roman centurion who became the first Gentile convert to Christianity through the ministry of the apostle Peter.
What is the Sacrament of the Altar?
It is the true body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ under the bread and wine, instituted by Christ Himself for us Christians to eat and to drink.
Where is this written?
The holy Evangelists Matthew, Mark, Luke, and St. Paul write:
Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night when He was betrayed, took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and gave it to the disciples and said: “Take, eat; this is My body, which is given for you. This do in remembrance of Me.”
In the same way also He took the cup after supper, and when He had given thanks, He gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you; this cup is the new testament in My blood, which is shed for you for the forgiveness of sins. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”
Next Week: The Lord’s Supper, Pt. I