Peter and Cornelius Became Friends
At first, the church was made up of just Jews. They believed Jesus was the Messiah and that He fulfilled the Old Testament prophecies. They were still learning that God's Kingdom, inaugurated by Jesus, would be a global kingdom that included both Jews and Gentiles. The story of Peter and Cornelius shows an important step in the expansion of the early church as Jews like Peter came to understand that Gentiles were to be a part of the church also.