New Testament
Lesson 30
God Is No Respecter of Persons


Lesson Highlights

A study of this lesson will help us recognize that the gospel is for all people and that the Church is guided by continuing revelation.

Scripture references for study:  Acts 1014; 15:135
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Acts 10 & 11

TO WHOM DID JESUS TAKE THE GOSPEL DURING HIS EARTHLY MINISTRY?

READ ACTS 10:1-8. Cornelius, a Gentile, receives a vision.

READ ACTS 10:9-17. Peter's vision.

WHAT HAPPENED NEXT?

"Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him." (Acts 10:34-35)

READ ACTS 11:1-4. The reaction of the church to this new policy.

Peter then explained to the church members present his vision and the experience with Cornelius (see Acts 11:5-17) concluding, "Forasmuch then as God gave them the like gift as he did unto us, who believed on the Lord Jesus Christ; what was I, that I could withstand God?" (Acts 11:17).

READ ACTS 11:19-21. The beginning of the work amongst the Gentiles.


Acts 12

READ ACTS 12:1-4. James martyred and Peter imprisoned.

READ ACTS 12:6-11. Peter's miraculous escape from prison.

READ ACTS 12:21-23. Herod smote down by the angel of the Lord.

In contrast to the demise of Herod, consider what happened to the Church.


Acts 13 & 14

  1. READ ACTS 13:1-4. Barnabas and Saul called on a mission.
  2. In Acts 13:9 Luke begins referring to Saul as Paul.
  3. READ ACTS 13:14-16. Paul takes the opportunity to speak to the Jews in Antioch.
  4. HOW DID THE GENTILES IN ANTIOCH RESPOND TO THE MISSIONARIES?
  5. Paul and Barnabas were expelled from the region and "they shook off the dust of their feet against them" (Acts 13:51).
  6. Paul and Barnabas went on to Iconium preaching the gospel. After stirring things up in Iconium they "fled" to Lystra and Derbe (also in Turkey).
  7. In Lystra Paul healed a cripple.
  8. Before leaving this region they ordained elders and organized branches of the church (v23).

Chapter 15

  1. READ ACTS 15:1-2. Disputations over circumcision.

Gospel Doctrine Notebook

Under the direction of inspired leadership, the new Church began to expand. It was revealed to Peter that all persons are invited to partake of the blessings of the gospel. We are also blessed in our day, to have leadership led by the Lord to guide the Church as it expands throughout the world.

Record your thoughts on the beginnings of missionary work to the Gentiles. In what ways can you better serve as a missionary to those around you?


Resources Used In This Lesson

Doctrinal New Testament Commentary by Bruce R. McConkie (DNTC).

Gospel Doctrine by Joseph F. Smith.


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