Grace to you and peace, from our risen savior Jesus Christ. AMEN.
That’s a little background. And our text in Acts today picks up when the “apostles and believers” — the other insiders — call Peter out: “We’ve heard that you’ve been going to, talking to, mingling with, DINING with Gentiles! What’s going on?” So Peter shares what had happened to him. That he had had a vision from God…
I understand that now he’s retired, but last year he was serving at Hope Lutheran Church in Atascadero. He and I got paired together as a teaching team with two counselors, and so we would talk a little about the lessons, and then work and play with the kids. And one afternoon we’re playing ping-pong together and we get to talking.
He had had the passion and the certitude of Peter and Paul combined. He had the Bible study clear in his mind, the certain verses set in stone in his heart, he had the majority of the people on his side, he was a champion and a warrior, and he wasn’t about to sit back and let his church go down this “liberal” road.