Sermon Snap Shot November 17, 2019

Sermon Snap Shot November 17, 2019

So we find Simon Peter early in the Book of Acts…”on cloud nine” spiritually. I’m sure he’s feeling like he is finally doing what Jesus called him to do. He is finally in God’s good graces. His preaching and teaching is inspiring the masses. He and the other apostles, just as Jesus promised, are doing the same kinds of powerful ministry that Jesus had done while he was alive. He must have been saying to himself, “I have arrived.”
And yet, as the story of Acts unfolds, we learn that Simon Peter still has a long way to go in his spiritual development. Despite his heroics at Pentecost and in the days and weeks to follow, we discover that he is still a racist and a xenophobe. And even after experiencing Jesus’ grace-filled, forgiving love on the beach in that closing scene in John’s Gospel (Do you love me? Do you love me? Do you love me?), Simon Peter still believes that God’s grace and forgiveness is limited to a certain group of people – the Jews – and that Gentiles like Cornelius, a Roman centurion, are unclean… people beyond God’s love and mercy…people who should be avoided at all costs.
We are reminded from Simon Peter’s shocking encounter with Cornelius and his household that we are all always “works in progress.” Around the time we think we have it all figured out is usually the time that God opens our eyes to new ideas, truths or ways of thinking.
From Sunday November 17 message from Acts 11:1-18, “Simon Peter: The Ever-Maturing Work in Progress”
Rev. Lane Glaze
Pastor, Waters Edge UMC

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