Acts 15:1-35 But some men came down from Judea and were teaching the brothers, "Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved"...
think about it.
What controversy did the church in Jerusalem face (15:1-5)? How did the leaders handle it (15:6-21)? What part did the Word of God play in reaching a decision? What was the next step (15:22-32)? Have you ever added extra requirements or limits to your faith or to someone else's? How does that discourage you or the other person? What can you take from these Christians to change that?
Disagreement, controversy and arguments are all part of relationships--whether that be in the context of a church or within our families. So how should we deal with and handle disagreements when they come up? Well, the specifics will depend on each of our unique situations, but we can learn a lot from what we see taking place in Acts 15:1-35.
One of the things that I noticed was that debate over the topic of disagreement was encouraged instead of avoided. So many times we try at all costs to side step any sort of confrontation. But the debate that took place here led to resolution and a good outcome for everyone involved.
So what did you learn from Acts 15:1-35? How might you draw on this passage the next time you're involved in some sort of disagreement or controversy? Tami W.
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