Sermon August 12, 2012

I’m a lousy rule keeper!  I don’t mind saying that I am a rebel at heart who struggles with just doing what I’m told.  On the other hand, I’m a mum and a pastor and so sometimes I have to make rules that keep other people safe and healthy.  I don’t seem to mind those rules!  Today’s sermon is good news for lousy rule keepers!  Glad you are with us today… may the God who created you for Himself, draw you into His gentle kindness and cradle you in His tender love this morning.  Let’s worship Him!, August 12th, 2012 – Liz Honeyford Acts 15

Acts 15 – Study Questions

1. Let’s be honest, we all have disagreements.  How do you deal with disagreements or disputes?  How did Paul and Barnabas deal with their dispute with the other people who were teaching?

2. Earlier on in Acts the big question was whether Gentiles could be saved but now it seems the question has shifted to how they can be saved.  How do the “Certain people from Judea” propose the Gentiles are saved?  What about Paul and Barnabas?

3. Why do you think circumcision is so important to the Jewish believers and members of the party of the Pharisees?

4. After Paul and Barnabas tell stories about all the Gentiles who have come to faith, James gets up and exclaims, “It is m  judgment, therefore, that we should not make it difficult for the Gentiles who are turning to God.”  Do you think that the church still needs to listen to these words today?  Do we sometimes make it hard for people to enter into the community?  Explain.

5. In verse 29 the church in Jerusalem lays out three rules for the new Christians to follow.  What do you think they mean?  Why do the disciples require the new Gentile Christians to follow these laws and no others?

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