On a blustery October night in a church outside Minneapolis, several hundred believers
had gathered for a three-day seminar. I began with a one-hour presentation on the gospel
of grace and the reality of salvation. Using scripture, story, symbolism, and personal
experience, I focused on the total sufficiency of the redeeming work of Jesus Christ on
Calvary. The service ended with a song and a prayer. Leaving the church by a side door,
the pastor turned to his associate and fumed.
"Humph, that airhead didn't say one thing about what we have to do to earn our
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The bride-to-be was obviously nervous. It was only the rehearsal, but already the pastor could see that tomorrow’s wedding might be in for problems.
“You’re letting it all get to you,” he told her gently, as he pulled her aside. “Just take it one little step at a time. When you get to the door with your father tomorrow afternoon, look only at the aisle ahead of you. You’ve walked it hundreds of times, every Sunday when you come to church. Think only of that.
This story about Peter's mission to the Gentiles continues the account that began in 10:1, and it repeats in greater detail the content of Peter's vision that was already mentioned in 10:9-16. It is a remarkable story, because it treats rather lightly a dispute that was widespread in the New Testament church, the dispute over conditions to be laid upon Gentile converts to the faith.