Cornelius & Peter’s Vision

Tuesday, October 23, 2012
This lesson combines both Peter's Vision he had on the rooftop and continues with Peter traveling to see Cornelius and teaching him about Jesus.
Today we are studying about Cornelius found in Acts 10:1-48. He lived in Caesarea and was a centurion (captain of 100 men) of the Italian Regiment (military). He was faithful and feared God. He gladly gave gifts to the poor and he prayed a lot.
About three in the afternoon an angel of God came to him and said, “Cornelius.” He was scared when he saw the angel! The angel told him that God has heard his prayers. The angel told him to "Send for Simon Peter, and he will tell you what to do." The angel left and Cornelius told two servants and a soldier to go to Joppa to get Simon Peter. It was a 10-hour trip.
The next day, at about noon, Peter went to the housetop to pray. He was very hungry, and he fell into a trance. He 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, reptiles and birds on it. Peter wondered what that meant. This happened three times, and then went back up into heaven. (Acts 10:16)
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.

Peter got up in the morning and prepared to travel with Cornelius’ men.  Peter took six Jewish believers along with him (Acts 11:12) on this journey. They split the traveling into a two-day journey from Joppa to Caesarea.
When they went into the house, all the people that Cornelius had invited were there to greet Peter.

(Acts 10:34) 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. He 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.

The thing was that at any other time, Peter and Cornelius wouldn’t be seen together, especially talking to each other because it was unlawful for a Jewish man to associate with someone from another country. (Acts 10:28)
But when the people that were at the house of Cornelius heard what Peter had to say, they believed. The last verse (Acts 10:48) says 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.
These updated Roman Centurion posters can be used for any lesson with a centurion. The last poster is Cornelius. These are in color only. Click here to download.
 This is my visual for this week. The 'sheet tied by the 4 corners' is hanging from the ceiling. I used fishing line to hang it. There are 2 dowel rods that the sheet is tied to keep it from sagging, and the fishing line is tied around the dowel rods. Peter's housetop is a piece of plywood on dowel rod legs.
White fabric (that won't fray) cut into 12" large squares. This is about what I cut them. It depends on the fabric, and I just cut them to get the least amount of waste. In the picture, you see I used a white felt, and cut the squares into 18-inch pieces.
(Picture 1) Cut two 40" lengths of fishing line, and tie to the opposite corners of the 'sheet'. (Picture 2) I pulled the fishing line up in the center of both pieces and made a loop to gather them. You can give the kids a dowel rod to hang it on to make it go up and down easier.

The students will add any animals you hand out and take home their animals they brought. (I sent a note home with them last week and sent email reminders during the week) They can raise and lower the sheet like the vision.
Click here to print the note from last week.
You can print the left clean vs. unclean worksheet by clicking here.

The chart on the right is an updated chart of clean and unclean animals. It is a very basic list with animals that are in the Bible or easily recognized animals. It is not intended to be an in-depth list. This includes the color and black & white. Click here to download.
These posters are more of a teacher's visual when discussing clean and unclean and were used with the above student handout chart of clean and unclean animals. Remember, this is intended for early elementary and is not an in-depth adult study on the laws God made for clean and unclean. There is a very basic outline that can be used with the posters and this lesson. Click here to download.
This Bible lesson has so many good points that can be discussed. One point that Luke keeps making in Acts is that when people hear the Gospel, they believe in Jesus and immediately are baptized. Another is that Jesus loves everyone and salvation is for everyone. Since those points are made repeatedly in the following lessons, I took this time to talk about some of the old laws from the Old Testament, and some of the new laws that came into effect when Jesus died on the cross.

We discussed the old law of sacrificing animals, and we are very thankful we don't have to do that! But, the new law includes baptism. We still worship, but the old law was on the Sabbath, being Saturday. Exodus 31:16  And, the new law on the first day of the week, being Sunday. (Acts 20:7)

We mostly talked about clean and unclean food. The food choices were part of the new laws.
I had a bigger table and more animals, but this will give you an idea of what I did. I gathered up animals, even my granddaughters Fisher Price ones, and the kids looked at their charts and we put the animal with the correct tag.
These hanging monkeys and the snakes are from Dollar Tree. They LOVE the monkeys! I hang them on my arms and let them pick their color. But, the object is to discuss the clean vs. unclean according to God.
These rats and bats are only sold around October. The first packs are at Wal Mart, the second ones in the mesh bags are at Dollar Tree. They love those, because they glow in the dark! You can also use the black birds (ravens for Elijah) from Dollar Tree for several Bible lessons, and this is one of the lessons!

You can find all the Acts worksheets here.
Click here to print the lesson.
Click here to download the updated visuals as shown above.
The visuals are for Acts 10-11. Not all are shown.
Click here to download the pictures to color.
(These are the same as the visuals but are black & white.)
Old/New Law
Bible Verse:  Acts 10:48

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson.
Used by permission.


  1. Thank you for all your hard work on all of this Bible school material! I was wondering about the clean and unclean food poster. Was an octopus considered clean under the Old Testament law? I noticed it was in the clean category. Maybe I misunderstood or looked at it incorrectly.

    1. Thanks so much for the correction! I don't know how I missed it, but it has been changed and a new document added!

    2. You're welcome. Like I said, I am so thankful for your hard work on this. I teach 1st and 2nd grade Bible school and have been using your materials. I really appreciate all the thought that goes into it.

    3. Hi really really love all the ideas and the lessons etc. Just a wee thought. Would it be possible to have the worksheets etc in Spanish as well.....that way your helping many abroad and introducing them to the word of God too. We work with a Spanish Church and good material in Spanish is very difficult to find. This would be a great idea. Many thanks

    4. Thanks for stopping by. I just do not have the time right now to change the worksheets into Spanish. There are about 100 worksheets on the blog, but I will remember it for the future.

  2. Dziękuję bardzo piszę z Polski, mnie również te materiały bardzo się przydały na szkółkę niedzielną.

    1. Translation: Thank you very much writing of Polish, I am also the materials are very handy for Sunday school.

      Thanks so much! I appreciate you visiting! If there is anything that doesn't have a lot to translate, and I can use Google Translater that you would like to use, let me know and I will add it for you!

      Translation: Dzięki tak dużo! Doceniam to, że wizyty! Jeśli jest coś, że nie ma wiele do tłumaczenia, i mogę korzystać z Google translater które chcesz użyć, daj mi znać i dodam go dla Ciebie!

  3. Dear Debbie,

    Hi there. Thank you very much for sharing all these wonderful lessons on your blog. My name is Ai Boon and I wandered here while searching for supplementary materials for my coming lesson on Peter and Cornelius. I found treasure here! :) Praise God for your gifting. You are very talented and I am so happy He led me to such a rich resource for Sunday School teaching. Once again, thank you and may God bless you richly in all you do and protect you each day. May He grant you lots of energy and keep you in good health.
    Best regards,
    Ai Booon

    1. Thanks so much for the very nice comments! I really appreciate it! I am happy that you can use some of the items here! Thanks again!

  4. Debbie, I just found your blog on Cornelius and Peter,,,,and it will be wonderful helping me with this lesson........howevr when I tried to print just the lesson part,,,,,,,,,,I got numerous sheets that I did not do I print just the lesson part and pictures? I am new to this.........I tried hilighting just the part I wanted printed to no avail........What was the Passport: Caesarea------would that have helped me?

    1. Hi, thanks for stopping by. To print anything from a web page, first holding the top left mouse button, click and scan what you want to print. With it still highlighted, right click and press save. Open a Microsoft Word document (or whatever you use) and right click, press paste. I will be on you document and you can add/subtract or make any changes. If you still need it, you can open this Word document:
      Adding the lesson as a document is something I will add when I update the lessons in a year. I just don't have time fright now.

  5. Love your ideas. One thing, however,we are to be baptized to reflect what has already transpired in us, that we are born again, saved. It is a picture to all that christ is now who we follow. It has nothing to do with our salvation. If it were a "requirement" for salvation, we would be adding a "work" in order to be saved! Jesus DID ALL THAT WAS REQUIRED FOR OUR SALVATION . What a weak savior we would have if he saud, I died for your sins. Now all you must do is trust in me AND go do something else to finish what I started. Yes, baptism is our first act of obedience but not being bsaptized is no more damning than when we fail him in other ways like not reading the word or failing to tithe as we should. We are not saved by ANY ACT ON OUR PART. Even the faith we have is not our own. Thank you for allowing me to write.❤

    1. Hello, thanks for visiting. I would like to bring your attention to Acts 2:38 where it plainly says baptism is for the remission of sins. (NKJV)
      Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
      Acts 22:16 And now why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord.’
      Also, a statement about tithing. 1 Cor. 16:2 states On the first day of the week let each one of you lay something aside, storing up as he may prosper, that there be no collections when I come. So, we know to give on the first day of the week and to give as we prosper.
      Then, in 2 Cor. 9:7 So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. We are again told to make a plan to give and to be happy to give back to God. Tithing falls under the old law in the Old Testament and we are not told how much to give.


Thanks so much for taking the time to comment! I appreciate it! They will be added as soon as they are approved.