The Gospel is for Everyone
April 21, 2013
- Acts 15 gives the account of the first major church conflict, which centered around whether or not to allow Gentiles full membership in the church of Jesus. A decision had to be made about whether or not Gentile converts had to become culturally Jewish, which some Jewish Christians demanded. In a way, this is similar to traditions we try to add to the gospel for people to be accepted in our churches. Can you think of some examples?
- What was at stake in deciding this issue? How would things be different to this day for Christians if the people in Acts 15:5 had been successful?
- In Peter’s words, both Jews and Gentiles are saved in the same way. How? See Acts 15:11.
- Commentators point out there was a “double victory” here—a victory of truth by preserving the integrity of the gospel and a victory of love in preserving the fellowship of believers. In a world of sensationalist journalism and social media where sensitive issues are often handled improperly, what can we in the 21st century learn from the way the 1st century church handled a difficult issue?