February 15, 2018

Sunday, February 18th: Peter Visited Cornelius


Dear Parents,

The apostle Peter preached and taught boldly after Pentecost. Jesus had commanded his followers to take the gospel to the ends of the earth. Acts 10 shows us how God made clear to Peter that the gospel is for everyone—not only the Jews but also the Gentiles.

The story begins in Caesarea, the capital city in the Roman province of Judea. Cornelius, a Roman centurion, lived in Caesarea. Like many of the people in Caesarea, Cornelius was a Gentile; however, he did not worship the Roman gods. Cornelius worshiped the one true God, and one day, God spoke to Cornelius in a vision. In the vision, an angel told Cornelius to send for Peter.

Now Peter was in Joppa, about 30 miles south of Caesarea. As Cornelius’s men approached the city, Peter had a vision too. He was on a rooftop when God showed him a sheet of animals and commanded him to eat. The problem was that some of the animals were considered “unclean” by Jewish food laws. Three times, God said to Peter, “What God has made clean, do not call impure.”

Peter visited Cornelius and others who had gathered with him. Peter understood that God did not want a Jewish man to call anyone unclean just because he was a foreigner. (See Acts 10:28-29.) Peter preached the gospel to the Gentiles there, and they believed. The Holy Spirit filled them, and they were baptized.

The gospel is good news for everyone. As you talk with your kids, emphasize that God showed Peter that just as there is no “clean” and “unclean” food, there are no “clean” and “unclean” people. God calls believers to tell everyone the good news about Jesus, no matter who they are or where they come from. Jesus is the Lord of all.


  • Infant – 2s & 3s
    • The Holy Spirit helps us.
    • Peter told Cornelius about Jesus.
    • God showed Peter that the good news is for all people.
    • Everyone who trusts in Jesus will be saved.
  • Pre-K4 – 1st
    • What does the Holy Spirit do? The Holy Spirit helps Christians.
    • Peter learned the gospel is for all people.
  • 2nd – 5th
    • What does the Holy Spirit do? The Holy Spirit helps Christians follow Jesus.
    • The Holy Spirit told Peter to preach to Cornelius, a Gentile.


  • Philippians 2:13


  • “Paul’s Conversion and Baptism” (Acts 9:1-25)
Jennifer Welch

About the Author

Jennifer Welch

Jennifer Welch is a City Youth coordinator. She graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in youth development and then worked on staff for Young Life in Jasper, Georgia. Jennifer most recently served as the children's coordinator at City Church for three years as she pursed her degree in counseling. Jennifer is now working as a licensed professional counselor intern. 

Contact jennifer@citychurch.org