Acts 15b disagreement settled in the church


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Acts 15b disagreement settled in the church

  1. 1. Some Jews brought controversy to the church: Gentiles had to be circumcised and keep the Law of Moses, if they would be saved. 781 Salem Road, Rossville, GA 30741 1April 11, 2012
  2. 2. They took the matter before the apostles and elders in Jerusalem. Peter spoke of his mission to Cornelius, a Roman Centurion, and how God had saved folks there.Acts 15:10 Nowtherefore why tempt ye God, to put ayoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neitherour fathers nor we were able to bear? 11 But webelieve that thru the grace of the Lord Jesus Christwe shall be saved, even as they. 2
  3. 3. 12 Thenall the multitude kept silence, and gaveaudience to Barnabas and Paul, declaring whatmiracles and wonders God had wrought among theGentiles by them. Nobody had really been listening to Barnabas and Paul until now. Sometimes we are so busy arguing that we dont hear anothers point of view. We are thinking about what we will say next. We saw Sunday that Jesus disciples often didnt really hear what He was saying. 3
  4. 4. Husband and wife Womens Conference Pastor and deaconWe need to always listen with focused attention to the words of other people, especially when we have a disagreement. 4
  5. 5. 13 And after they (Barnabas and Paul) had heldtheir peace, James answered, saying, Men andbrethren, hearken unto me: 14 Simeon hath declaredhow God at the first did visit the Gentiles, to takeout of them a people for His Name.If you dont remember the account that is being referenced here, read Acts 10 and 11. God saved the Gentiles and filled them with the Holy Ghost. 5
  6. 6. James, evidently the head of the church at Jeru-salem, then took the floor and issued a summarystatement. He was Jesus’ half brother and wrote theEpistle of James. The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures by Dallas Seminary Faculty.The phrase at the first is crucial because it affirmedthat Paul and Barnabas were not the first to go tothe Gentiles. As Peter had already said the questionhad actually been settled in principle before Pauland Barnabas went on their first journey. The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures by Dallas Seminary Faculty. 6
  7. 7. They were rehashing an old issue, already settled by the Lord.1 Corinthians 13 (NIV) 4 Love is patient, love iskind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is notproud. 5 It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is noteasily angered, (love) keeps no record of wrongs. 7
  8. 8. 15 And to this agree the Words of the prophets; as itis written, 16 After this I will return, and will buildagain the tabernacle of David, which is fallendown; and I will build again the ruins thereof, and Iwill set it up: 17 That the residue of men might seekafter the Lord, and all the Gentiles, upon whom MyName is called, saith the Lord, who doeth all thesethings. 8
  9. 9. 18 Known unto God are all His Works from thebeginning of the world. 19 Wherefore my sentenceis, that we trouble not them, which from among theGentiles are turned to God: 20 But that we writeunto them, that they abstain from pollutions ofidols, and from fornication, and from thingsstrangled, and from blood. 21 For Moses of old timehath in every city them that preach him, being readin the synagogues every Sabbath day. 9
  10. 10. These moral issues were not just from the Law of Moses, but were from God, before the Law of Moses was given. They were not a yoke upon the necks of Gentile converts,But were Gods hedge of protection for them. 10
  11. 11. 22 Thenpleased it the apostles and elders, with thewhole church, to send chosen men of their owncompany to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas;namely, Judas surnamed Barsabas, and Silas, chiefmen among the brethren:These were respected men in the church who would witness the Truth for Paul and Barnabas.They would confirm that the letter was really fromthe apostles and elders of the church in Jerusalem. 11
  12. 12. There will always be differences of opinion in the church; it is inevitable.But we need to work hard to settle any differences amiably, never allowing malice to enter in.Lets learn to listen one to another, and then to hearken to the Word of God. 12