Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Cross Cultural Ministry

On this Christmas Eve, is God moving you to encourage someone in another race, who does not look like you, and they have different practices, and may have a different belief about Jesus than yours (this might be different for you).

look at a few verses in Acts 10, and see what happened with Cornelius and the Apostle Peter:
This is what happened to Cornelius in a dream.  
Acts 10:4: Looking intently at him, he became afraid and said, “What is it, lord? ” The angel told him, “Your prayers and your acts of charity have come up as a memorial offering before God.

This is what happened to Peter: 
Acts 4:15:
15 Again, a second time, a voice said to him, “What God has made clean, you must not call common.”

While men from Cornelius were knocking on Peters door God said: 
Acts 10:20: Get up, go downstairs, and accompany them with no doubts at all, because I have sent them.”

When Peter arrived at Cornelius' home and was told why he was invited:

Acts 10:34:
 Then Peter began to speak: “Now I really understand that God doesn’t show favoritism,
35 but in every nation the person who fears Him and does righteousness is acceptable to Him.
36 He sent the message to the Israelites, proclaiming the good news of peace through Jesus Christ — He is Lord of all...

While Peter was preaching:

Acts 10:44:
44 While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came down on all those who heard the message....

Christians, the non-Jews received the gospel and became Christians through the message given by Peter (a Jew) in a home full of non-Jews (not the norm).
All this happened because a non-Jewish man and a Jewish man obeyed God.

Sometimes we do not know where God is ultimatemately leading us in doing cross cultural ministry so we must leave our hearts open, be available, and practice unquestioning obedience to God.

God Bless,

Pastor Kennedy (MZO)

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