The religious leaders forbade Peter and John to speak about Jesus, but they continued to do so despite being put into prison and receiving a flogging. Stephen, one of the newly appointed leaders in the Early Church, was stoned to death. This was followed by a more general persecution, which led to many believers leaving Jerusalem.
The Gospel was preached in Samaria and many responded. The Church in Jerusalem sent Peter and John to Samaria. They laid hands on the new believers who then received the Holy Spirit.
While staying in the coastal town of Joppa, Peter had a life-changing experience. He came to see that the Gentiles, whom Jews considered unclean, were welcomed by God when they turned to Christ. Let’s hear this story of Peter’s encounter with a Roman soldier, Cornelius.
- Follow, Follow… (The call of Jesus)
- What Sort of Man? (Peter reflects on the character of Jesus)
- The Healing of Peter’s Mother-in-Law
- Confession of Faith (Peter affirms Jesus as Messiah)
- Jesus Shines! (The Transfiguration)
- How Many Times? (A humorous look at an age-old problem)
- Foot Washing at the Last Supper (Jesus’ call to humility)
- Denial (Peter’s night of shame)
- Restoration (Peter is forgiven and commissioned for service)
- Peter’s Song of Thanksgiving
- Sing to the Lord (A psalm of praise)
- And God Said (The Holy Spirit)
- The Spirit of God Makes a Difference
- There’s No Other Name (The healing of the lame man)
- Cornelius (A Roman soldier finds faith)
- Rescue from Prison (An angel sets Peter free)
- A Time to Build (Jews and Gentiles brought together by Christ)
- Come to the Lord (An invitation to faith)
- Faith Tested (An encouraging word to persecuted Christians)
- Kingdom Road (Celebrating our journey on the King’s highway)
- Singing for Jesus