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Welcome……………………….Bill Butler
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Then fourteen years later I went back to Jerusalem again, this time with Barnabas; and Titus came along, too. I went there because God revealed to me that I should go. While I was there I met privately with those considered to be leaders of the church and shared with them the message I had been preaching to the Gentiles. I wanted to make sure that we were in agreement, for fear that all my efforts had been wasted and I was running the race for nothing.

-Galatians 2:1-2

While Paul and Barnabas were at Antioch in Syria, some men from the region of Judea in Israel, arrived and began to teach the believers that unless they adhered to the ancient Jewish custom of circumcision, they could not be saved. Paul and Barnabas were up on their feet at once in fierce protest. Finally, it was decided to send Paul and Barnabas and a few others to Jerusalem to discuss this problem with the apostles and the church leaders. After the entire congregation had escorted them out of the city, the delegates went on to Jerusalem, stopping along the way in the cities of Phoenicia and Samaria to visit the believers, telling them—much to everyone’s joy—that the Gentiles, too, were being converted.

 When the men arrived in Jerusalem, they were welcomed by the church, including the apostles and the leaders. They told them everything God had helped them do. But some Pharisees had become followers of the Lord. They stood up and said, “Gentiles who have faith in the Lord must be circumcised and told to obey the Law of Moses.” The apostles and elders met to consider this question. After a long debate, Peter stood and addressed them as follows: “Brothers, you all know that God chose me from among you some time ago to preach to the Gentiles so that they could hear the Good News and believe. God knows people’s hearts, and he confirmed that he accepts Gentiles by giving them the Holy Spirit, just as he did to us.

 He made no distinction between us and them, for he cleansed their hearts through faith. So why are you now challenging God by burdening the Gentile believers with a yoke that neither we nor our ancestors were able to bear. We believe that we are all saved the same way, by the undeserved grace of the Lord Jesus. There was no further discussion, and everyone now listened as Barnabas and Paul told about the miracles God had done through them among the Gentiles. When they had finished, James took the floor. “Brothers,” he said, “listen to me…

-Acts 15:1-13

My judgment is that we should not make it difficult for the Gentiles who are turning to God by insisting that they obey our Jewish laws.

-Acts 15:19

1. We must not drift from a passion for to pacifying .

2. We must be careful to not drift from to .

3. We will drift from a focus on internal to a focus on external ____________________.

Decide to live in such a way that you will not cause another believer to stumble and fall.  I know and am convinced on the authority of the Lord Jesus that no food, in and of itself, is wrong to eat. But if someone believes it is wrong, then for that person it is wrong. And if another believer is distressed by what you eat, you are not acting in love if you eat it. Don’t let your eating ruin someone for whom Christ died. Then you will not be criticized for doing something you believe is good.

-Romans 14:13-16

To discuss during the week with your family or Life Group

1. Why did Paul fight so hard for this issue?

2. Have you ever been a part of a church or organization that was more concerned with the rules than with people? What was the result?

3. Of the 3 drifts Gilbert mentioned in this message which one are you most prone to? What can you do to prevent this?

4. What is your next step as a result of this message?