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The Jerusalem Decision Delivered: Acts 15:22-35

May 31, 2020 Preacher: Bob DeWaay Series: Acts

Scripture: Acts 15:22-35

The apostles and elders sent a delegation to Antioch to deliver the decision of the Jerusalem council that Gentile believers were not bound to circumcision and the law of Moses. They were, however required to abstain from blood, immorality, and practices of temple paganism. At this point in history there was unity in the church. This sermon explains the significance of some of the Greek terminology in the text in regard to why false law-giving troubles the saints. In contrast to the “agitation’ that false binding would bring, what was decided brought rejoicing. The demands that were rejected would have brought “burdens” to the saints. We show from elsewhere in the NT that the commands of Christ are not “burdensome.” In contrast to creating invalid burdens, we are to “bear one another’s burdens.” The encouragement and rejoicing that resulted when the letter was delivered shows a work of the Holy Spirit. With that matter behind them for the time, they began teaching and preaching the word of God. This sermon also covers 2 Timothy 4:2 which contains 5 commands regarding the teaching and preaching of the God’s word. We cannot let the pagan culture determine what we are willing to preach.