I will use this display with this lesson. Click here to see more with instructions. I also send a note home the week before for the students to bring 2 of their favorite stuffed animals (no dolls, animals that God made) to use today. Click here for an updated reminder note you can print in color or black & white. Click here to see how we use their stuffed animals.
The next day, at about noon, Peter went to the housetop to pray. He was very hungry and he fell into a trance. Peter saw the heavens open up and something like a huge sheet tied by its four corners come to earth. It had all different kinds of animals on it. Peter wondered what that meant. This happened 3 times, and then went back up into heaven. (vs. 16) (In it were all kinds of animals and reptiles and birds of the air. ESV)
While he was thinking about it, the three men sent by Cornelius asked if Peter was there. Peter went down and told them that he was the Peter they were looking for. After they explained why Cornelius sent them, Peter invited them into his house. [10:12]
Peter got up in the morning and prepared to travel with Cornelius’ men. Peter took six Jewish believers along with him on this journey. They split the traveling into a two day journey from Joppa to Caesarea. (11:12)
When they went into the house, all the people that Cornelius had invited were there to greet Peter. (vs. 34) God sent Peter to teach Cornelius and his family. Peter told them that God doesn’t show favoritism. Everyone is treated the same in every nation that fears Him and is faithful to Him. Peter told them about Jesus and how He died. He said that we are commanded to preach to all people so all can go to Heaven.
But when the people that were at the house of Cornelius heard what Peter had to say, they believed. The last verse (48) states that Peter told them to be baptized in the name of the Lord and then they asked Peter to stay for a few days with them. (Bible verse for today.)