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Next Door – Week 1
May 20, 2021
Describe the culture of the neighborhood where you live. If you’ve lived in different neighborhoods, what have been the similarities and differences?
In your opinion, what makes a neighborhood a great place to live?
Do you have relationships with your neighbors? Why or why not?
In Acts 10, Peter visits Cornelius, a Gentile man, even though he’d been trained to avoid Gentiles. What makes Peter break this ancient Jewish custom?
Discuss how you believe you may or may not have been trained to avoid those that are different from you. What is one way that you can move past this training and follow in Peter’s footsteps?
What would it look like for you to “accept all people,” as God does, in your neighborhood?
While talking with Cornelius, Peter went inside and found a large gathering of people. He said to them: “You are well aware that it is against our law for a Jew to associate with or visit a Gentile. But God has shown me that I should not call anyone impure or unclean. So when I was sent for, I came without raising any objection. May I ask why you sent for me?”
I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right.
After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. And they cried out in a loud voice: “Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.”
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