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    • But  some  men  came  down  from  Judea  and  were   teaching  the  brothers,  “Unless  you  are   circumcised  according  to  the  custom  of  Moses,   you  cannot  be  saved.”  And  a?er  Paul  and   Barnabas  had  no  small  dissension  and  debate   with  them,  Paul  and  Barnabas  and  some  of  the   others  were  appointed  to  go  up  to  Jerusalem  to   the  apostles  and  the  elders  about  this  quesCon.   Acts  15:1-­‐2  (ESV)  
    • “What’s  Worth  Arguing  About?”     Acts  15  
    • “…no  small  dissension  and  debate  with  them.”    
    • So,  being  sent  on  their  way  by  the  church,  they   passed  through  both  Phoenicia  and  Samaria,   describing  in  detail  the  conversion  of  the   GenCles,  and  brought  great  joy  to  all  the   brothers.   Acts  15:3  (ESV)      
    • 1.  Make  sure  our  heart  is  right!  
    • But  some  believers  who  belonged  to  the  party   of  the  Pharisees  rose  up  and  said,  “It  is   necessary  to  circumcise  them  and  to  order  them   to  keep  the  law  of  Moses.”   Acts  15:5  (ESV)  
    • 1.  Make  sure  our  heart  is  right!   2.  Even  if  your  heart’s  right,  somebody  else   may  pick  a  fight.  
    • And  a?er  there  had  been  much  debate,  Peter   stood  up  and  said  to  them,  “Brothers,  you  know   that  in  the  early  days  God  made  a  choice  among   you,  that  by  my  mouth  the  GenCles  should  hear   the  word  of  the  gospel  and  believe.  And  God,   who  knows  the  heart,  bore  witness  to  them,  by   giving  them  the  Holy  Spirit  just  as  he  did  to  us,   and  he  made  no  disCncCon  between  us  and   them,  having  cleansed  their  hearts  by  faith.    
    • Now,  therefore,  why  are  you  puNng  God  to  the   test  by  placing  a  yoke  on  the  neck  of  the   disciples  that  neither  our  fathers  nor  we  have   been  able  to  bear?  But  we  believe  that  we  will   be  saved  through  the  grace  of  the  Lord  Jesus,   just  as  they  will.”   Acts  15:7-­‐11  (ESV)  
    • And  all  the  assembly  fell  silent,  and  they  listened   to  Barnabas  and  Paul  as  they  related  what  signs   and  wonders  God  had  done  through  them   among  the  GenCles.   Acts  15:12  (ESV)  
    • So  when  they  were  sent  off,  they  went  down  to   AnCoch,  and  having  gathered  the  congregaCon   together,  they  delivered  the  leRer.  And  when   they  had  read  it,  they  rejoiced  because  of  its   encouragement.  And  Judas  and  Silas,  who  were   themselves  prophets,  encouraged  and   strengthened  the  brothers  with  many  words.    
    • And  a?er  they  had  spent  some  Cme,  they  were   sent  off  in  peace  by  the  brothers  to  those  who   had  sent  them.  But  Paul  and  Barnabas  remained   in  AnCoch,  teaching  and  preaching  the  word  of   the  Lord,  with  many  others  also.     Acts  15:30-­‐35  (ESV)  
    • 1.  Make  sure  our  heart  is  right!   2.  Even  if  your  heart’s  right,  somebody  else   may  pick  a  fight.   3.  Disagreements  are  worth  it  when  they  bring   encouragement,  strength,  and  PEACE!