Acts 15:1-2Then certain individuals came down fromJudea and were teaching the brothers,“Unless you are circumcised according tothe custom of Moses, you cannot besaved.” And after Paul and Barnabas hadno small dissension and debate withthem, Paul and Barnabas and some ofthe others were appointed to go up toJerusalem to discuss this question withthe apostles and the elders. “judaizers”What doesthis mean?
Acts 15:3So they were sent on their way by thechurch, and as they passed throughboth Phoenicia and Samaria, theyreported the conversion of theGentiles, and brought great joy to allthe believers. Outcast cities Outsiders“converting” Nazareth toSamariaWhat doesthis mean?
Acts 15:4When they came to Jerusalem, theywere welcomed by the church and theapostles and the elders, and theyreported all that God had done withthem. WelcomedWhat doesthis mean?
Acts 15:5But some believers who belonged to thesect of the Pharisees stood up andsaid, “It is necessary for them to becircumcised and ordered to keep thelaw of Moses.” Whatoutwardsigns do weimpose PhariseesWhat doesthis mean?
Acts 15:6-7The apostles and the elders mettogether to consider this matter.Afterthere had been much debate, Peterstood up and said to them, “Mybrothers, you know that in the earlydays God made a choice among you,that I should be the one throughwhom the Gentiles would hear themessage of the good news andbecome believers. Peter’s CallVS Paul’s ActionWhat doesthis mean?
Acts 15:8-9And God, who knows the human heart,testified to them by giving them theHoly Spirit, just as he did to us; and incleansing their hearts by faith he hasmade no distinction between themand us.What doesthis mean?
Acts 15:10Now therefore why are you putting Godto the test by placing on the neck ofthe disciples a yoke that neither ourancestors nor we have been able tobear? We had to so youdo too? Holding others tostandard you can’tdoWhat doesthis mean?
Acts 15:11-12On the contrary, we believe that we willbe saved through the grace of theLord Jesus, just as they will.” Thewhole assembly kept silence, andlistened to Barnabas and Paul as theytold of all the signs and wonders thatGod had done through them amongthe Gentiles. Grace – thegreatequalizerWhat doesthis mean?
Acts 15:13-14After they finished speaking, Jamesreplied, “My brothers, listen tome. Simeon has related how God firstlooked favorably on the Gentiles, totake from among them a people forhis name. Who isSimeon (Luke2:25–35)What doesthis mean?
Acts 15:15-16This agrees with the words of theprophets, as it is written, ‘After this Iwill return, and I will rebuild thedwelling of David, which has fallen;from its ruins I will rebuild it, and Iwill set it up, They had beenquoting theBible for thecircumcisiondebate, butneeded to bereminded ofwhat else theBible said.Details vs BigPictureWhat doesthis mean?
Acts 15:17so that all other peoples may seek theLord— even all the Gentiles overwhom my name has been called. Thussays the Lord, who has been makingthese thingsWhat doesthis mean?
Everyone is included? Really? What if you had been following hundreds of rules aspart of your faith and suddenly those who had not, wereincluded? What differences between people might Paul list todayif he were convincing us that we are all one in Christ? Saul was given a new name marking his new life. If you were given a new name, for service, what would itbe? Do you think you need something as drastic as a namechange to change your life?
Read Galatians 6:17 When Paul talked about having the “Marks of Jesusbranded” on his body in Galatians 6:17, he probablywasn’t talking about tattoos. His marks may have beenscars from his persecution or imprisonments. Liketattoos, they may have been permanent markings thatcame with pain and tagged him forever. Draw/write some of the things that have painfully“marked” you on the paper provided
Anyone have any interesting scar stories? How do you feel about tattoos? How about after you have kids? Or are a grand parent? What would a tattoo symbolizing YOUR “mark ofChrist” look like? Do you “wear” your faith more publically or privately?Where would you put your “mark of Christ” tattoo?
Rose High point in your faithand/or life over the lastweek Thorn Low point in your faithand/or life over the lastweek
Suggestions for May Youth Group event? One final spot remaining for Mystery Mission Trip2013 Car Wash – June 2 All are asked to come and participate (MysteryMissionary kids required) Kiddie Carnival – Old Settlers Weekend All are asked to come and participate (MysteryMissionary kids required) Confirmation Day is May 19, all 3 confirmands will berobing and acolyting that day.
From Philippians 1:3-5I thank my God every time I remember you Ryleigh,Mary, Wyatt, Jake, Keaton, Erica, Taylin, Devin,Kode, and Zach, constantly praying with joy in everyone of my prayers for all of you, because of yoursharing in the gospel from the first day until now.