Acts 11: An Apology for Gentile Baptism

(30 verses, 3:57 to read)


What I am about to READ:

Peter defends the baptisms he gave in Caesarea, and a report of the church in Antioch


1-18, Peter travels back to Jerusalem and gives an account of his vision in Joppa, the invitation to Caesarea, and the conversion and baptism at Cornelius’ house.

19-26, The Gospel expands through the world, mostly among the scattered Jews, but in Antioch the Hellenists (that is, Greeks who believed the Scriptures, but had not been circumcised and completely converted to Judaism). Barnabas travels from Jerusalem to Antioch to make sure the things happening in the church there were in order. Barnabas then travels to Tarsus to retrieve Paul and put him to work preaching in Antioch.

27-30, Prophets came from the church in Jerusalem to the church in Antioch and predict the famine in Jerusalem. The result was a collection to support the church in Jerusalem.


One of the major themes of the book of Acts is the bringing of the Gospel to the Gentiles. The amazing events of Acts 10 are show the importance of the gift of the Holy Spirit to the Gentiles in Caesarea. We give thanks to God that we Gentiles now rejoice in the kindness of the Lord’s mercy, and that we are, by faith, the children of Abraham.

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Lord’s Blessings,

Pastor Bryan Wolfmueller


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