Issues Facing Society
Sunday School Lesson #3:
Acts 10: 1 - 11:18
Acts 10:1 - 11:18
- Today we are going to be talking about prejudice. Has anyone
here been the victim of a hurtful prejudice? Could you tell us your story?
- As we read this passage, look for evidence of prejudice and how
God dealt with it.(1)
- Before we get
into the details of the lesson, let's make sure we understand this story.
Someone tell the story of this long passage as best you can remember it.
Briefly recap the story.
- Where did this all take place? Someone find
Caesarea on a map.
- What do we know about Cornelius?
- What did
God say to Cornelius?
- What was the timing with Cornelius' vision and
- How did Peter respond to God's command in verse 14?(2)
How did God respond to Peter?
- Do you think believers ever respond to
God this way today, saying, "Surely not, Lord"? Do you think any of us every
- Was this a lesson about diet for Peter?
- What kind
of first impression do you think Peter made? See verse 28.(3)
Someone look up Ephesians 4:32(4)
Would you describe Peter's tone as kind?
- Skim the rest of Peter's
message. What else does Peter say?
- How does the Holy Spirit confirm
that the gentiles are acceptable to God, just as the Jews are?
- On a
scale of one to ten, how prejudice was Peter?(5)
How did God deal with Peter's prejudice?
- How does God feel about
- Why is prejudice an issue to God?(6)
Why are people prejudice? What are the causes of prejudice?
- Why are
people prejudice? How does it benefit them? Why is being prejudice so much
- What groups of people are people like us tempted to be
- How does God
change a deeply prejudice person into an open, accepting person?
has God helped some of you deal with prejudices in your life?
Bible says, "Confess your sins one to another." How many of you would admit
that you have at least a little tiny bit of prejudice in your life?
How many of you would be willing to pray with me just now and tell God that
you would be willing right now to cooperate with him in getting rid of that
prejudice? Would you pray with me?
1. You might consider several ways of setting the text before the group, as
it is a long section. You might read it out loud yourself, having read through
it and practiced it enough to read it fluently. As you do so, you may want to
stop every 6 - 10 verses and explain and/ or ask what is happening. Another
approach might be to ask someone in the group to read it, asking them ahead of
time so that they can do so eloquently. If you are really creative, have three
or four people put together a dramatization of the reading. This would really be
fun. And, you can be sure that the ones who participate will have a thorough
understanding of the text. It is very important that we know what the Bible says
before we try to attempt to understand what it means and how to apply it. Don't
assume that every knows this story. Set the text before them.
2. Notice the irony of these words: "Surely not, Lord."
3. Paraphrased, Peter is saying, "You know I don't normally talk to people
4. Ephesians. 4:32 Be kind and
compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God
5. This is prejudice of the worst kind,
because it is prejudice that is rooted in religious piety.
6. Because people matter to God.
7. You might talk
about non-ethnic groups, like the elderly, or homosexuals. God calls us to hate
the sin but love the sinner.