Read Acts 15:1-21.

Read the following questions, and pick one or two to respond to in the comments below.  Or, respond to someone else’s comment with a question or comment of your own.

What do you think of the ways in which the early church dealt with controversy?  How is this similar or different from the ways that we deal with controversy in the church today?  What can we learn from these early Christians?

Paul, Barnabas, Peter, and James each play a role in this story.  What unique wisdom do you see each of them bringing to the council?

Does Peter seem at all different because of his previous encounter with Cornelius?  (see last two blog posts)

Notice verse 20.  Although James did not want the Gentiles to be subject to laws regarding circumcision, he did want them to be subject to some of the laws of Moses.  What do you think is going on here?

Questions from A Walk Thru the Life of Peter:

How difficult do you think it was for Peter to advocate for Gentiles among his Jewish brothers?  How difficult do you think it might have been for him to endorse the ministry of Paul, who was once an enemy of the disciples?

How well do you think Christians today affirm ministries that employ unfamiliar methods?  Why?


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