Come Celebrate the 2011 Cornelius Awards

Each year Providence Baptist Church celebrates the contributions and leadership of good men who have not yet accepted Christ. These men exemplify a host of the great qualities that we celebrate in men who love their families and communities and have demonstrated leadership and sacrifice.

Many of the men who have been recognized as Cornelius Award winners have gone on to accept Christ in their lives. They have added leadership in Christ’s church to their awesome resumes of accomplishments!

On Sunday October 23rd at 4:00PM Providence will welcome this year’s group of inductees at our Annual Cornelius Awards.

If you know of a good man who has not yet accepted Christ, yet is a leader in his family, community or place of employment please contact the church office to nominate him: 216.991.5315 or

So who was Cornelius? Check out the following citation from Wikipedia…

Cornelius (in Greek, Κορνήλιος) was a Roman centurion who is considered by Christians to be the first Gentile to convert to the faith, as related in Acts of the Apostles.


Biblical account

Stationed in Caesarea, the capital of Roman Iudaea province, Cornelius is depicted in the New Testament as a God-fearing man who always prayed and was full of good works and deeds of alms. Cornelius receives a vision in which an angel of God tells him that his prayers have been heard. The angel then instructs Cornelius to send the men of his household to Joppa, where they will find Simon Peter, who is residing with a tanner by the name of Simon.

The conversion of Cornelius only comes after yet another vision given to Simon Peter (Acts 10:10-16) himself. In the vision, Simon Peter sees all manner of four-footed beasts and birds of the air being lowered from Heaven in a sheet. A voice commands Simon Peter to eat. When he objects to eating those animals that are unclean to Mosaic Law, the voice tells him not to call unclean that which God has cleansed or purified.

When Cornelius’ men arrive, Simon Peter understands that the vision permits the conversion of the Gentiles. When Cornelius himself meets Simon Peter, Cornelius falls at his feet in adoration. Picking Cornelius up, Simon Peter welcomes him. After the two men share their visions, and Simon Peter tells of Jesus’ ministry and the Resurrection, the Holy Spirit falls on everyone at the gathering. The Jews among the group (presumably they were all Jews if Cornelius was the first gentile convert, see Jewish Christians) are amazed that Cornelius and other uncircumcised should begin speaking in tongues, praising God. Thereupon Simon Peter orders that Cornelius and his followers be baptized.

The controversial aspect of Gentile conversion is taken up later at the Council of Jerusalem (Acts 15), but has its roots in the concept of “proselytes” in the Septuagint (the Greek translation of the Hebrew Bible) and Jewish Noahide Law. See Biblical law in Christianity for details.

Cornelius Awards Class of 2007

Many of the brothers who were recognized in the Class of 2007 have gone on to join the Body of Christ and have expanded their service to Christ and humanity. We have captured some photographs from this celebration. Enjoy!

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