Sixth Sunday of Easter, Year B, Acts Lesson Plan
Scripture: Acts 10:44-48
Today our scripture passage is a continuation of the preaching we heard from Peter in the lesson from Acts on Easter Day. You’ll remember that on Easter we heard the story of Peter preaching the Good News to the Gentiles at Cornelius’ home. (For more detailed background read Acts 10:34-43 and/or the “Notation for This Week’s Scripture from the Easter Day Acts lesson on LPTW.) Today’s passage picks up from where we left off. Peter has preached the birth, baptism, teaching, miracles, death, and resurrection of our Lord when, suddenly, the Holy Spirit interrupts him by giving the gift of belief to all who were hearing the Word. As Peter and his followers who accompanied him witness this beautiful exchange of the Spirit they are taken aback, because they have witnessed the Spirit giving of itself freely to Gentiles, just as with the Jews. At this realization, Peter asks the key question: “Can anyone withhold the water for baptizing these people who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?” Thus, the people at Cornelius’ home are baptized on the spot.