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Jesus loves every single person in the whole wide world, even the ones who are the most different from you.

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In today’s lesson, we’re going to learn about a crazy dream that Peter had. Peter was one of Jesus’ early disciples who was one of the key leaders in the church. Like Paul, Peter would teach people about Jesus. One day, God came to Peter in a vision. A vision is like you’re dreaming, but you’re not asleep. In the vision, Peter sees a big sheet full of animals and a voice tells Peter to eat the animals. In the Jewish tradition, there were certain animals that were considered “unclean” and Jews couldn’t eat the meat from those animals. But, some of those “unclean” animals were in the vision. So, Peter said, “No way!” But, God was teaching Peter a lesson and it wasn’t really about animals. It was about people. Just like certain animals, Jews also thought non-Jews, or Gentiles, were unclean and unimportant people. They didn’t think they were worthy of God’s love. But, that wasn’t God’s heart at all. Jesus came to die for everyone, Jews and Gentiles. So, Peter realized that the Gentiles deserved to hear about Jesus, too.

Key Points:

  • Peter had a crazy vision one day. Acts 10:11-16
  • The vision was about “unclean” food. Acts 10:14
  • The vision was really about “unclean” people.
  • God can make everyone clean! Acts 10:15

Memory Verse:

Acts 10:15 “Do not call something unclean if God has made it clean.”

See Also: Grace

Talk About It
  1. What was your favorite part of the video? What is one thing you learned?
  2. Think about a country in the world. How do the people dress in that country and what do they like to eat? How are they different from you?
  3. What was Peter’s vision? Who spoke to him in the vision?
  4. What lesson was God teaching Peter from the vision?
  5. Read Galatians 3:28. Who can be a part of God’s family? What does it mean to be one with Christ?
  6. How will you apply this lesson to your life this week?

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