We pick up from the last lesson (Acts 10:34-35) here:
vv. 36-43 Especially verse 43: Consider for example, Gen 3:15 with Rev 20:1-3, 7-10; Isaiah 52:13-53:12, Zechariah 9:9; 12:10; Isaiah 7:14; 9:5-6; Psalm 22; Psalm 16:10; Wisdom 2:12-20. What do these OT passages suggest about the plan of God for the salvation of humanity?
vv. 44-48 Do you notice anything unusual about the order of events here? Your thoughts about that?
vv. 1-17 We find here a re-telling of the events in chapter 10. What do you think was the attitude of those who called Peter to them for questioning? Why do you think they thought that? Consider how this Sea Change (Sea Change = a major transformation) in Jewish theological understanding of God’s role and plan concerning non-Jews might guide your answer to the next question:
What do you think about Peter’s comment in verse 17. Consider Luke 9:49-50. What might be an application for us? (Hint: Think across the theological divide within the entire Body of Christ).
Now consider John 17:13-21 ( especially ‘That the world may believe . . . .) and the Church’s teaching regarding non-Catholic Christians (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1271). Then consider how you might apply the meaning inherent in the bolded portion (below).
1271 Baptism constitutes the foundation of communion among all Christians, including those who are not yet in full communion with the Catholic Church: "For men who believe in Christ and have been properly baptized are put in some, though imperfect, communion with the Catholic Church. Justified by faith in Baptism, [they] are incorporated into Christ; they therefore have a right to be called Christians, and with good reason are accepted as brothers by the children of the Catholic Church." "Baptism therefore constitutes the sacramental bond of unity existing among all who through it are reborn."
We continue chapter 11 next time.