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The book of Acts tells us that when Christianity was at its most vital, its most potent, and experiencing its most rapid growing in numbers, it was through conversion. It wasn’t originally a set of doctrines or set of practices that one took up, though doctrine and right teaching are given to us throughout the scriptures, but rather the converting power of the Holy Spirit that drew men, women, and children to God and empowered the early Church to love each other and their neighbor as God had loved them in Christ. Please join us this Pentecost Sunday for worship at Grace Communion Orlando.
Sermon – Converted by the Spirit- Steve Schantz
Scriptural Text – Acts 10
Scriptural Text – Acts 10 NIV
10 At Caesarea there was a man named Cornelius, a centurion in what was known as the Italian Regiment. 2 He and all his family were devout and God-fearing; he gave generously to those in need and prayed to God regularly. 3 One day at about three in the afternoon he had a vision.He distinctly saw an angel of God, who came to him and said, “Cornelius!”
4 Cornelius stared at him in fear. “What is it, Lord?” he asked.
The angel answered, “Your prayers and gifts to the poor have come up as a memorial offering before God. 5 Now send men to Joppa to bring back a man named Simon who is called Peter. 6 He is staying with Simon the tanner, whose house is by the sea.”
7 When the angel who spoke to him had gone, Cornelius called two of his servants and a devout soldier who was one of his attendants. 8 He told them everything that had happened and sent them to Joppa.
9 About noon the following day as they were on their journey and approaching the city, Peter went up on the roof to pray. 10 He became hungry and wanted something to eat, and while the meal was being prepared, he fell into a trance. 11 He saw heaven opened and something like a large sheet being let down to earth by its four corners. 12 It contained all kinds of four-footed animals, as well as reptiles and birds.13 Then a voice told him, “Get up, Peter. Kill and eat.”
14 “Surely not, Lord!” Peter replied. “I have never eaten anything impure or unclean.”
15 The voice spoke to him a second time, “Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.”
16 This happened three times, and immediately the sheet was taken back to heaven.
17 While Peter was wondering about the meaning of the vision, the men sent by Cornelius found out where Simon’s house was and stopped at the gate. 18 They called out, asking if Simon who was known as Peter was staying there.
19 While Peter was still thinking about the vision, the Spirit said to him, “Simon, three[a] men are looking for you. 20 So get up and go downstairs. Do not hesitate to go with them, for I have sent them.”
21 Peter went down and said to the men, “I’m the one you’re looking for. Why have you come?”
22 The men replied, “We have come from Cornelius the centurion. He is a righteous and God-fearing man, who is respected by all the Jewish people. A holy angel told him to ask you to come to his house so that he could hear what you have to say.” 23 Then Peter invited the men into the house to be his guests.
The next day Peter started out with them, and some of the believers from Joppa went along. 24 The following day he arrived in Caesarea. Cornelius was expecting them and had called together his relatives and close friends. 25 As Peter entered the house, Cornelius met him and fell at his feet in reverence. 26 But Peter made him get up. “Stand up,” he said, “I am only a man myself.”
27 While talking with him, Peter went inside and found a large gathering of people. 28 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. 29 So when I was sent for, I came without raising any objection. May I ask why you sent for me?”
30 Cornelius answered: “Three days ago I was in my house praying at this hour, at three in the afternoon. Suddenly a man in shining clothes stood before me 31 and said, ‘Cornelius, God has heard your prayer and remembered your gifts to the poor. 32 Send to Joppa for Simon who is called Peter. He is a guest in the home of Simon the tanner, who lives by the sea.’ 33 So I sent for you immediately, and it was good of you to come. Now we are all here in the presence of God to listen to everything the Lord has commanded you to tell us.”
34 Then Peter began to speak: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism 35 but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right. 36 You know the message God sent to the people of Israel, announcing the good news of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all. 37 You know what has happened throughout the province of Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John preached— 38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him.
39 “We are witnesses of everything he did in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem. They killed him by hanging him on a cross, 40 but God raised him from the dead on the third day and caused him to be seen.41 He was not seen by all the people, but by witnesses whom God had already chosen—by us who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. 42 He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one whom God appointed as judge of the living and the dead. 43 All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”
44 While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message. 45 The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astonished that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on Gentiles. 46 For they heard them speaking in tongues[b] and praising God.
Then Peter said, 47 “Surely no one can stand in the way of their being baptized with water. They have received the Holy Spirit just as we have.”48 So he ordered that they be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked Peter to stay with them for a few days.
Pastor Steve will deliver the message and offering/prayer,
Cindy Jimenez will lead worship
Raul Enerio will have the scripture reading : Acts 10
Your Pastor and brother,
Help us collect nonperishable food items, clothes, toiletries, blankets, and toys that can be used to benefit brothers and sisters in need. GCO is now partnered with a homeless ministry that is based in Kissimmee, FL. All items can be brought to church on Sundays for collection.
Revolution Cry: A Worship Collective is a ministry that leads and equips all people to find their purpose in Christ through breakthrough worship. We are worshipers from various parts of the same body, serving the central Florida and greater Orlando, with the heart to follow the lead of the Holy Spirit as it teaches us to worship in spirit and truth. Currently, our worshippers serve at various church communities including Focal Point Orlando, Thrive Church Lake Nona, The Praise Place, Redemption Worship Center, Faith Assembly, Orlando Union Rescue Mission and Real Life. We are also part of a church plant called Belong Church which has a launch date of October 2019 and will serve the College Park and Downtown District. This is the place to update projects and discuss ministry events, bible studies, speaking duties, song selections, concert sets, etc. for upcoming events and projects.
We are a network of families with ASD children that believe in cultivating a culture of 1) compassion 2) healing 3) education and 4) support for autism.
OASIS of HOPE CHARITY – founded in 1999 as a Christian based, non-profit, 501 (C) (3) charity with the aim of tackling abject poverty by alleviating the suffering caused by social deprivation in poor children everywhere. Founder Reverend David Taylor is an ordained minister. Since 1995 he has worked mainly in Latin America, helping to raise the quality of life of disadvantaged children. David’s hope and dream is that many of the children supported by Oasis of Hope will be able to take their rightful place in society and make a significant difference.
ZUMBA with ELY, a fitness ministry. Will you join us and invite a friend? Friday evenings, 6-7 PM
1 CORINTHIANS 6:19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.
“The true posture of our heart is not revealed by how passionately we sing or how much we sacrifice on Sunday, but by how we behave toward our neighbor on Monday.” – Skye Jethani
May the joy of His salvation bring hope to others, as we share the victorious Jesus to those who look for new beginnings and a resurrected life in Him.
Grace Communion of Orlando
Join us Sundays @ 2 pm
@ St. Andrew United Methodist Church
100 Saint Andrews Blvd.
Winter Park, Florida 32792-4265
Pastor Steve Schantz firstname.lastname@example.org 321-759-7367
Elder Charles Fleming email@example.com
Local Elder Felix Gaetan firstname.lastname@example.org