I believe it can be said of all of us that there have been certain people, events, or seasons in our lives that have been “game changing”; that is, being of such significance that the trajectory of our lives or ideas are never the same after the encounter or experience. Many such examples exist in my own life, from a move in 8th grade from city life in Wisconsin to farm life in ND, obtaining my drivers license and first car, and a leading of the Lord from the glory and grandeur of being a tire salesman to that of serving the Lord full time by attending seminary and pastoring a church! In all of these events and experiences, my life was altered in significant ways and the path I was on changed profoundly.
The same truth applies to our sermon text of Acts 10:1-11:18. This is a large segment again, and can be appropriately titled “the Gentile Pentecost” and consists of God’s affirming actions in the outreach to the Gentiles and the subsequent break down of any and all barriers between Jew and Gentile. This was a divide of deep proportions, and its reconciliation is one of the Bible’s most significant events for it proved beyond any doubt that the Gentiles were also part of the Kingdom of God and had equal access to the Heavenly Father. Indeed, the section of Scripture describes one of the most “game changing” events in all of church and human history.