Outside the box<a href="https://assets.mennonites.org/PublishingImages/2022/Acts11_3-18%20copy.jpg">Download image</a>https://www.mennonitemission.net/resources/worship resources/scripture graphics/765/Outside the boxOutside the boxActs 11:1-18<p><strong>1 </strong>Now the apostles and the believers who were in Judea heard that the Gentiles had also accepted the word of God. <strong>2 </strong>So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcised believers criticized him, <strong>3 </strong>saying, "Why did you go to uncircumcised men and eat with them?" <strong>4 </strong>Then Peter began to explain it to them, step by step, saying, <strong>5 </strong>"I was in the city of Joppa praying, and in a trance I saw a vision. There was something like a large sheet coming down from heaven, being lowered by its four corners; and it came close to me. <strong>6 </strong>As I looked at it closely I saw four-footed animals, beasts of prey, reptiles, and birds of the air. <strong>7 </strong>I also heard a voice saying to me, 'Get up, Peter; kill and eat.' <strong>8 </strong>But I replied, 'By no means, Lord; for nothing profane or unclean has ever entered my mouth.' <strong>9 </strong>But a second time the voice answered from heaven, 'What God has made clean, you must not call profane.' <strong>10 </strong>This happened three times; then everything was pulled up again to heaven. <strong>11 </strong>At that very moment three men, sent to me from Caesarea, arrived at the house where we were. <strong>12 </strong>The Spirit told me to go with them and not to make a distinction between them and us. These six brothers also accompanied me, and we entered the man's house. <strong>13 </strong>He told us how he had seen the angel standing in his house and saying, 'Send to Joppa and bring Simon, who is called Peter; <strong>14 </strong>he will give you a message by which you and your entire household will be saved.' <strong>15 </strong>And as I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell upon them just as it had upon us at the beginning. <strong>16 </strong>And I remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said, 'John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.' <strong>17 </strong>If then God gave them the same gift that he gave us when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could hinder God?" <strong>18 </strong>When they heard this, they were silenced. And they praised God, saying, "Then God has given even to the Gentiles the repentance that leads to life."<br></p><p><br></p><p><em class="ms-rteFontSize-2">Fireworks photo by Matthew Ball on Unsplash. Box photo by Kelli McClintock on Unsplash. Graphic design by Cynthia Friesen Coyle.</em><br></p>

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