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Acts 15 - NIV

5 Then some of the believers who belonged to the party of the Pharisees stood up and said, “The Gentiles must be circumcised and required to keep the law of Moses.”

6 The apostles and elders met to consider this question.

7 After much discussion, Peter got up and addressed them: “Brothers, you know that some time ago God made a choice among you that the Gentiles might hear from my lips the message of the gospel and believe.

8 God, who knows the heart, showed that he accepted them by giving the Holy Spirit to them, just as he did to us.

9 He did not discriminate between us and them, for he purified their hearts by faith.

10 Now then, why do you try to test God by putting on the necks of Gentiles a yoke that neither we nor our ancestors have been able to bear?

11 No! We believe it is through the grace of our Lord Jesus that we are saved, just as they are.”

12 The whole assembly became silent as they listened to Barnabas and Paul telling about the signs and wonders God had done among the Gentiles through them.

13 When they finished, James spoke up. “Brothers,” he said, “listen to me.

14 Simon[a] has described to us how God first intervened to choose a people for his name from the Gentiles.

15 The words of the prophets are in agreement with this, as it is written:


“‘After this I will return
and rebuild David’s fallen tent.
Its ruins I will rebuild,
and I will restore it,

17 that the rest of mankind may seek the Lord,
even all the Gentiles who bear my name,
says the Lord, who does these things’[b]

18 things known from long ago.[c]

19 “It is my judgment, therefore, that we should not make it difficult for the Gentiles who are turning to God.

20 Instead we should write to them, telling them to abstain from food polluted by idols, from sexual immorality, from the meat of strangled animals and from blood.

21 For the law of Moses has been preached in every city from the earliest times and is read in the synagogues on every Sabbath.”

The Council’s Letter to Gentile Believers


a. Acts 15:14 Greek Simeon, a variant of Simon; that is, Peter
b. Acts 15:17 Amos 9:11,12 (see Septuagint)
c. Acts 15:18 Some manuscripts things’—the Lord’s work is known to him from long ago

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Dan Carroll avatar
The Life of Paul Part VI
Shared by: Dan Carroll on Aug, 2016
Summary: Talks about what it means to follow Jesus. The Council of Jerusalem in Acts 15 deals with this issue and still impacts us today.
W Pat Cunningham avatar
Work and Pray
Shared by: W Pat Cunningham on Apr, 2016
Summary: To be effective at evangelization, we must be firmly rooted in prayer and adoration.
Scripture: Acts 15:7-21
Denomination: Catholic
Views: 131
D Marion Clark avatar
The Gospel of Man, I
Shared by: D Marion Clark on Mar, 2016
Summary: In three sermons, we will look at the man-made gospel of the law, the man-made gospel of the heart, and the God-made gospel of the cross. First, the gospel of the law.
Scripture: Acts 15:1-5
Denomination: Presbyterian/Reformed
Views: 91
James Lee avatar
The Vision, The Venture, & The Victory
Shared by: James Lee on Dec, 2015
Summary: I would like to thank Pastor Jerry Shirley for sharing this series on Acts. It has been a blessing as well as a great help. I have used these for our church, as I spend my days caring for my dying father.
Mark Schaeufele avatar
Be A Conduit Not A Detour
Shared by: Mark Schaeufele on Nov, 2015
Summary: We should do our best to lead others to Christ and not around him.
Series: AD
Scripture: Acts 15:1-21
Denomination: Assembly Of God
Views: 713
James  Linders  avatar
The Law of Moses versus Christianity.
Shared by: James Linders on Oct, 2015
Summary: Are Christians bound by the Law of Moses? As a result of misinterpretations of God's word, unsubstantiated allegations AND misperceptions that arise from misguided Biblical teachings, the church is MORE divided today than EVER.
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Acts 15:19-28
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 834
Russ Adams avatar
Saved by Grace!
Shared by: Russ Adams on Aug, 2015
Summary: We are saved by grace.
Scripture: Acts 15:1-11
Denomination: Methodist
Views: 1,304
Leon Dasrath avatar
Living under Grace
Shared by: Leon Dasrath on Aug, 2015
Summary: Grace is available to everyone,just believe
Scripture: Acts 15:1-20
Denomination: Charismatic
Views: 721
W Pat Cunningham avatar
The special role of the laity
Shared by: W Pat Cunningham on May, 2015
Summary: Lay people in the Church, especially women, serve a vital role in spreading the Gospel and building community.
Scripture: Acts 15:17-21
Denomination: Catholic
Views: 492
Jeremy Poling avatar
Shared by: Jeremy Poling on Jun, 2014
Summary: God dwells in the praises of Israel!
Scripture: Acts 15:13-17
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 721
W Pat Cunningham avatar
Faith is One and Catholic
Shared by: W Pat Cunningham on May, 2014
Summary: The word "catholic" means universal. It means we are open to all humans and open to all Truth.
Series: Lumen Fidei
Scripture: Acts 15:7-21
Denomination: Catholic
Views: 682
Rick Boyne avatar
Changing Church-Unchanging Gospel
Shared by: Rick Boyne on Mar, 2014
Summary: Methods may change, but the message never will.
Scripture: Acts 15:1-6
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 499
Jerry Cosper avatar
Two Questions About Salvation
Shared by: Jerry Cosper on Jan, 2014
Summary: We are going to be talking about things that happened in what is called “The Great Jerusalem Council.”
Scripture: Acts 15:1-5
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 285
Jerry Cosper avatar
Working Through Conflict
Shared by: Jerry Cosper on Jan, 2014
Summary: Trying to answer the question, “Does a person have to accept the whole law before he can be saved?
Scripture: Acts 15:5-22
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 249
T.J. Conwell avatar
God's Favor is Required
Shared by: T.J. Conwell on Jul, 2013
Summary: Even in the face of persecution, God still delivers His favor on the church! In 2013, we must stand strong and tall, persevering constantly as we seek God’s favor.
Scripture: Acts 15:1-21
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 430
Christian Cheong avatar
Acts 15 - Resolving Conflicts
Shared by: Christian Cheong on Jul, 2013
Summary: Learn from the Council in Jerusalem. Unite around the essentials. Make concessions in non-essentials. Show love in everything.
Scripture: Acts 15:1-12
Denomination: Independent/Bible
Views: 1,446
William D. Brown avatar
#1~ Acts 15:18 STILL TO COME
Shared by: William D. Brown on Jul, 2013
Summary: Today if the Lord be willing, I'm going to talk for a few minutes about coming events on Gods Prophetic calendar and the order their to come in according to the Bible.
Scripture: Acts 15:18
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 424
Kevin Ruffcorn avatar
All One Family
Shared by: Kevin Ruffcorn on May, 2013
Summary: Though different and unique, the people of God’s family are united by one Lord, one faith, and one baptism.
Scripture: Acts 15:1-17
Denomination: Lutheran
Views: 471
GUY GLASS avatar
Shared by: GUY GLASS on Apr, 2013
Scripture: Acts 15:1-19
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 773
Herbert Armstrong Bosantog avatar
Testimony vs. Discipleship
Shared by: Herbert Armstrong Bosantog on Nov, 2012
Summary: We are not called to be so called CHRISTIAN. We are CALLED to use the AUTHORITY OF CHRIST. To RULE over all CREATIONS. To take Dominion over SATAN! “We are not just CALLED to be SAVED. Rather, we are CHOSEN to PREACH the GOSPEL anytime, anywhere and
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Acts 15:16-17
Denomination: *other
Views: 328
Dr. Ronald Shultz avatar
Eating Blood?
Shared by: Dr. Ronald Shultz on Jun, 2012
Summary: Blood pudding or Kosher?
based on 1 rating
Denomination: Assembly Of God
Views: 1,197
Kelly Benton avatar
To Be or Not to Be
Shared by: Kelly Benton on Jan, 2012
Summary: To BE or NOT to be is not the question. How to be and how not to be is it.
based on 16 ratings
Scripture: Acts 15:11
Denomination: Christian Church
Views: 1,480
Ed Vasicek avatar
God's Word: The Strainer of Truth
Shared by: Ed Vasicek on Mar, 2011
Summary: The Scriptures do not address all eventualities or issues; we still must use godly wisdom to fill in the cracks. Nonetheless, God's true will always passes the Scriptural strainer.
Scripture: Acts 15:6-18
Denomination: Independent/Bible
Views: 770
Ed Vasicek avatar
A Lot At Stake
Shared by: Ed Vasicek on Feb, 2011
Summary: Biblical truth is easily misunderstood, especially when people have pre-existing agendas. The early church had to grapple with controversy and theological confusion, just as we do today.The issue at hand was this: do gentiles have to first become Jews bef
based on 2 ratings
Scripture: Acts 15:1-5
Denomination: Independent/Bible
Views: 614
Darrell Vaughn avatar
Exposing the spirit of the Pharasee
Shared by: Darrell Vaughn on Mar, 2010
Summary: Exposing the truth of the way of the master
based on 129 ratings
Scripture: Acts 15:1-11
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 12,499
Chris Jordan avatar
God’s Amazing Grace
Shared by: Chris Jordan on Dec, 2009
Summary: The Bible teaches that we are saved by God’s grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone. However, we must beware the spirit of the Pharisee, because they will try to keep you from experiencing God’s grace.
Series: Supernatural
based on 10 ratings
Scripture: Acts 15:1-11
Denomination: Foursquare
Views: 2,771
Christian Cheong avatar
Jesus Plus Nothing
Shared by: Christian Cheong on Oct, 2009
Summary: Christianity is all about a relationship with Jesus, and it is purely by grace. Its end is not salvation but fellowship with God.
based on 2 ratings
Scripture: Acts 15:1-11
Denomination: Independent/Bible
Views: 1,684
Dr.W.Samuel Legon avatar
Shared by: Dr.W.Samuel Legon on Jul, 2009
Summary: People need to know what they believe in.
based on 4 ratings
Scripture: Acts 15:11
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 720
Matthew Stoll avatar
True Freedom
Shared by: Matthew Stoll on Jan, 2009
Summary: We are called to live in freedom, freedom not to live for ourselves, but freedom to follow Christ.
Scripture: Acts 15:1-11
Denomination: Methodist
Views: 452
William Akehurst avatar
TO BE or NOT to BE
Shared by: William Akehurst on Oct, 2008
Summary: To BE or NOT to be. This is a question we all must answer. But to BE, where does it all BE-gin? In One word...BE-LIEVE!
based on 9 ratings
Scripture: Acts 15:11
Views: 1,577