Beyond the Weekend

August 28 | It’s Not About Me

August 28, 2020


The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astonished that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on Gentiles. Acts 10:45

Read: Acts 10:44-48

Listen: Acts 10


Jesus-followers in Jerusalem are incredulous when they hear Peter had entered the house of uncircumcised Gentiles. Peter helps them see that God has a colossal plan for all people to come to him through Christ, not just Jews. He tells how, after sharing the Gospel, the Gentiles believe and are filled with the Holy Spirit. “If God gave them the same gift he gave us who believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I to think that I could stand in God’s way?” (Acts11:17). It wasn’t just about Jews becoming Christians, but all people.

“It’s not about me.” It’s about God and what he is doing in the world. The Gospel was opened up to Gentiles when Peter and Corneilus let God stretch their hearts. Two thousand years later, we are a part of God’s family because of their faith and obedience to get on board with God’s plan to have a relationship with all people.

God still wants his family to spread around the world to every tribe, tongue and nation. He desires to stretch our hearts as he invites and involves us in what he is doing. Our hearts expand as we lean in and love others not like us.


There are people in our city and nation who feel left out and excluded because of who they are. Rewatch the sermon, A Conversation About Our City, where Pastor Manion encourages us to “look back, lean in and love well.” Then commit to getting on board with what God is already doing in our city, nation and world.

Download a printable PDF of the BTW week here.

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