"THE FUTILITY OF RELIGION"
INTRODUCTION: What is religion? A set of beliefs that at-
tempt to help us understand our Creator. Religion is man-
made. Its rules and regulations many time neglect the im-
portance of mercy, truth, and love. At times religion is
useless. A lot of smoke, no fire, a lot of form, no substance.
T.S: In this text the Jews were not associating with the
Gentile world . The Jews felt the Gentiles where ceremonially
defiled. BUT GOD had to get the gospel to the gentile world.
The account in Acts 10-11 gives to us what happended.
1. THE VACUUM OF RELIGION.(10:1-9:11:13-14)
(10:1-3) Cornelius-a gentile, devout man, feared God, gave
alms or offerings, had a super prayer life, and
captain of a battalion of 100 men.
(10:4-8; 11:13-14) Angel appeared to him and revealed the
graciousness of God and pointed out his need for
Peter to come and tell him how to be saved.
Ill: Cornelius in our world today--does all the right
things, but yet his life is empty without God.
App: Religion alone is cold, empty, meaningless, ritual-
istic, and is an abomination to God.
When a person genuinely meets Christ their lives
expressed warmth, meaning, purpose, direction, and
Ill: Religios, but lost, just like my wife.
2. THE VISION OF THE CHURCH.(11:4-14)
Exp: (11:5-10) Peter recounts his experience of his
(11:11) Cornelius' men arrived requesting me to
go to Ceasarea.
(11:12-14) Cornelius shared with Peter his experi-
Ill: Existing prejudice between Jews and Gentiles.
Exp: God speaks emphatically concerning the prejudices.
(10:28; 11:9: 11:12)
OH THE VISION OF PETER AND THE CHURCH, HIS BRETHREN.
App: How broad is your vision? What are our prejudices? The
gospel is For everyomne.The 'blac'sK, vietnam-ese, hispanics,
and lower anglo income. The love of Jesus breaks all
economics, social, and nationality lines.
Our attitude must be two fold:
1. The gospel is for everyone
2. I'll do wha ...
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