ACTS 15

2 OUTLINES

Acts 15:1-31

HANDLING DISPUTES

 

If we as a church today would follow this procedure, there would be a lot less church splits.  Note that when the problem was finally solved, much care was shown to show love as the decision was delivered.  Without such exercises of discretion  and love there could have been two churches, Jewish and Gentile.

 

SEEK HELP - Vss. 1-5 - LOOK!

SHARE EXPERIENCE - Vss. 6-11 - LEARN!

SHOW RESPECT - Vs. 12 - LISTEN!

STATE DECISION - Vss. 13-31 - LOVE!

 

 

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Acts 15:30-16:5

SEASONS

 

There are often different seasons or periods of time for a church just like there are different seasons in a year.  The church at Antioch had just experienced a controversy as to the need for Gentiles to become Jewish in order to be saved.  A church council in Jerusalem answered the question with a resounding “no”. See Acts 15:1-19. When Paul and Barnabas returned from this council in Jerusalem, there were some different seasons in the church.

 

A SEASON OF JOY – 15:30-31

A favorable response from Jerusalem produced joy in the assembly.

 

A SEASON OF GROWTH – 15:32-35

Judas, Silas, Paul, and Barnabas exhorted and taught the people.

 

A SEASON OF DISAGREEMENT – 15:36-39

Paul and Silas wanted to return to the churches that had already been established on their previous missionary journey, but could not agree as the whether Mark should go with them.  Barnabas took Mark and left for Cyprus.

 

A SEASON OF EXPANSION – 15:40-16:5

The universal church grew as a result of the ministry of Paul and Silas.

 

 

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