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Salvation on the Spot (14 of 33)
If I should tell you this morning that it would be possible for you to receive eternal life, to have a salvation experience, right on the spot in this service, would you be interested? That is actually what we find in the 10th and 11th chapters of the book of Acts. This has to be one of the greatest chapters in all of the Bible because it deals with some very important and crucial matters. Here is a chapter in the Bible which is actually essential to world-wide evangelism. If what happened in this chapter had not have happened, then world evangelism might not have occurred.
In this chapter what takes place threatens to divide the early church and it shatters the prejudice that is in the life of the early church. It is a chapter which has made it possible for you and me, most of us of whom are Gentiles, to hear the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and receive eternal life through personal faith in the Lord. Simon Peter is the great preacher of the day of Pentecost. He is the leader of the church of Jerusalem. The Lord is going to work in his life in a miraculous and in a marvelous way in this chapter and send him through some doors he never imagined he would go.
Some people have described what takes place in this 10th chapter as the Gentile Pentecost. The Lord Jesus said to Simon Peter one time, "I will give unto you the keys of the kingdom." He used those keys in Acts 2. He opened the door of faith to the Jews. The Jewish Pentecost. In Acts 8 he opened the door of faith to the Samaritans. The Samaritan Pentecost. Now, in the 10th chapter, he opens the door again to the Gentiles. The Gentile Pentecost.
I would like for us to track the successive stages of this chapter and see if we can't get the essence of what's being taught us in these verses. I want to call your attention to—
I. A Groping Centurion.
In verse 1, in a place called Caesarea by the Sea. It ...
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