Peter in non-Jewish society, a 2nd Pentecost God Pours out His Spirit on Non-Jews

Peter in non-Jewish society, a 2nd Pentecost God Pours out His Spirit on Non-Jews

Based on Acts 10

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PARTICIPANTS:

Peter (also serves as Narrator)
Angel
Cornelius

Prompter (Optional). Prompter shouts a brief line and Companions repeat it.
Companions (Optional): children and all adults that want to take part. Make sure Companions know who the Prompter is, and that they are to repeat Prompter’s words.

 

SCRIPT:

Peter

 

We will relive my experience with what some call the “Second Pentecost for Gentiles”.
The first Pentecost was when God poured out His Holy Spirit for the first time on us Jews in Jerusalem. My companions and I were in Cesarea, when God poured out His spirit on non-Jews. Jesus had told His disciples to take His Kingdom to non-Jews, but years later, we still had not done so. This startling adventure started when I was in Joppa, sitting on a roof praying, while waiting for lunch.

Angel

(Shout, sternly from the side of the room where Peter is.) Peter! Get up!

Peter

(Jump up, startled and look around.) Whoa! What’s that! Who called me?

Angel

Kill and eat!

Peter

 

Oh, no! What can this mean? A sheet coming down from heaven with unclean animals! And a voice telling me to eat those pigs, reptiles, buzzards and serpents! Yuk! How can I break Moses’ law and eat pork? I’ve never done such a thing. Ohhh!

Angel

I said, Kill and eat!

Prompter &
Companions


Kill and eat! Kill and eat!

Peter

 

Meanwhile, God has also given Cornelius, a Roman army officer, a vision. Cornelius, a non-Jew, also called a Gentile, gives alms and prays, even though he practices a non-Christian religion. He is an Italian, and they eat pork pepperoni on their pizza. Ugh!

Cornelius

(Wipe your mouth with your sleeve.) Mmmm! Yum! Now, those were tasty pork chops! Too bad my Jewish friends can’t enjoy them.

Angel

(Go to Cornelius.) Cornelius!

Cornelius

(Jump, startled.) Ay ay ay! Sergeant of the Guard! An intruder!

Prompter &
Companions

Intruder! Intruder!

Angel

Relax, Cornelius. The Lord has seen your good deeds and heard your prayers. Send to Joppa for a man named Peter, and have him come to you.

Cornelius

Yes, Sir! Right away, Sir! (Turn) You, my two servants, go to Joppa with my most loyal aide, Sergeant Fortaleza. He will protect you. Find a man called Peter, and bring him.

Peter

 

I’m puzzling about my rooftop vision when I hear knocking at the door. The men from Cornelius have made the long trip. They ask me to go with them to Cornelius’ home in Cesarea. After the vision I’d seen, I know that God has prepared me for this trip. I take several brothers with me, and off we go.

Cornelius

Oh! Here comes the man God told me to send for!
Come in, Peter, and all your Jewish companions. Come in!

Peter

Cornelius, Sir, our Law forbids us to enter non-Jews’ homes and eat unclean food, but God showed me in a vision that we’re not to regard anyone as unclean. Why did you send for me?

Cornelius

I and all my close friends and relatives are gathered to hear what you have say to us.

Peter

I tell Cornelius and his friends about Jesus, and come to the account of the resurrection.

Oh! What is this? The Holy Spirit is coming upon these Gentiles!
He has come with the sign of tongues,
just as He came on us Jews when He empowered me to proclaim Christ’s salvation at Pentecost. Only this time, those that speak in tongues are the people who hear the good news, not we who tell it! How marvelous! We all rejoice.

Cornelius

Thank you, dear Lord!

Prompter &
Companions

 

Thank you, dear Lord! Thank you, dear Lord!

Peter

Let these be baptized without delay, since they also have received the Holy Spirit.

Cornelius

Peter, please, you and your friends stay a few days and teach us about all this.

Peter

Well, we stayed, and guess what… We Jews actually eat those Italians’ food! We eat it, for the gospel’s sake, even though it is ceremonially unclean food.

Jewish believers harshly criticize me later for that when I get back to Jerusalem, until they know that God has granted repentance to Gentiles also. This is amazing, heart-warming news for all of us believing Jews. Repentance and life have come to the Gentiles.

Prompter &
Companions


Repentance and life! Repentance and life!

DISCUSS:

Why did Peter need such a startling vision to get him to enter a Gentile’s non-Jewish? home?

Why did it surprise Peter and his Jewish companions to see Gentiles receive the Holy Spirit?

Why is it normally better to tell about Jesus in the home of unbelievers who are willing to listen, than to invite them to the home of believers?

(Good answer: the Holy Spirit works more powerfully when people are at ease among their own friends in their own homes. They are ill at ease when folk they do not know well are in control.)

 

 

 

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