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Acts 15 - NIV

22 Then the apostles and elders, with the whole church, decided to choose some of their own men and send them to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas. They chose Judas (called Barsabbas) and Silas, men who were leaders among the believers.

23 With them they sent the following letter:
The apostles and elders, your brothers,
To the Gentile believers in Antioch, Syria and Cilicia:

24 We have heard that some went out from us without our authorization and disturbed you, troubling your minds by what they said.

25 So we all agreed to choose some men and send them to you with our dear friends Barnabas and Paul—

26 men who have risked their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

27 Therefore we are sending Judas and Silas to confirm by word of mouth what we are writing.

28 It seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us not to burden you with anything beyond the following requirements:

29 You are to abstain from food sacrificed to idols, from blood, from the meat of strangled animals and from sexual immorality. You will do well to avoid these things.

30 So the men were sent off and went down to Antioch, where they gathered the church together and delivered the letter.

31 The people read it and were glad for its encouraging message.

32 Judas and Silas, who themselves were prophets, said much to encourage and strengthen the believers.

33 -34 After spending some time there, they were sent off by the believers with the blessing of peace to return to those who had sent them.[a]

35 But Paul and Barnabas remained in Antioch, where they and many others taught and preached the word of the Lord.

Disagreement Between Paul and Barnabas


a. Acts 15:33 Some manuscripts include here But Silas decided to remain there.

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Shared by: David Owens on Jul, 2016
Summary: This sermon relies heavily on Charles Swindoll's Paul: A Man of Grace and Grit, Word Publishing, 2002, Chapters 12. The sermon covers the part of Acts 15 when Paul and Barnabas parted company. From their situation, we draw lessons about handling conflict.
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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.
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Scripture: Acts 15:19-28
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Views: 834
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Shared by: Darrell Stetler II on Aug, 2015
Summary: Following God is not always easy, sometimes we have to wait awhile before we see prayers answered.
Series: Philippians
Scripture: Acts 15:24-41
Denomination: Holiness
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Shared by: Perry Greene on Aug, 2015
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Shared by: John Hamby on May, 2014
Summary: To add anything whether it is baptism or good works or whatever it may be as a requirement for salvation is to diminish grace.
Scripture: Acts 15:1-23
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 2,763
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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
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Shared by: Jerry Cosper on Jan, 2014
Summary: Salvation is through the grace of Jesus Christ. Some people still insist on adding to the plan. They believe things like not only should you accept Jesus, but you need be baptized, or you need to be confirmed, or you need to take the Lord's Supper.
Scripture: Acts 15:22-35
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 339
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Shared by: T.J. Conwell on Jul, 2013
Summary: Because of God’s grace, mercy and forgiveness you are free from 3 things: the letter of the Law, legalism of men, lusts of this world. (Acts 15:22-29)
Scripture: Acts 15:22-29
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 412
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Shared by: Chris Appleby on May, 2012
Summary: God's Holy Spirit will help us as we seek to know the right way to live. He uses God's word to help us but we also have to trust that when we act he will show us the right way to go.
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Scripture: Acts 15:22-35
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Consulting the Brothers
Shared by: Michael Stark on Nov, 2011
Summary: Despite the independence to which Baptists hold, we seek to co-operate with fellow believers to the extend permitted by the Word.
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Shared by: Jonathan Russell on Oct, 2011
Summary: This sermon examines Paul's teaching on the law and grace
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Scripture: Acts 15:1-35
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,072
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Shared by: Tom Owen on Jan, 2011
Summary: verse by verse through Acts
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Scripture: Acts 15:1-35
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 515
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Shared by: Jason Jones on Jan, 2011
Summary: Looking into 2011 year as a banner year for NRBC, this message is the common ground upon which every member can rally around--increase, improvement, impact
Series: Vision
Scripture: Acts 15:28-29
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 745
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Shared by: Gordon Curley on Nov, 2010
Summary: Grace on trial.. (PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request - email: gcurley@gcurley.info)
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Scripture: Acts 15:1-35
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Shared by: Mark Opperman on Dec, 2009
Summary: Those who follow Christ can hold strong convictions without sacrificing good relationships.
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Scripture: Acts 15:22-41
Denomination: Assembly Of God
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Shared by: Richard White on Feb, 2009
Summary: There will always be disputes as long as there is sin in the world. How we handle them tells how God has influenced us.
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Scripture: Acts 15:1-29
Views: 639
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The Salvation Equation
Shared by: Byron Harvey on Jan, 2009
Summary: This message continues in my expository series through the book of Acts.
Series: Unleashed
Scripture: Acts 15:1-35
Denomination: Evangelical Free
Views: 572
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Defining the Gospel
Shared by: Don Baggett on Nov, 2008
Summary: We know the word gospel means good news. Is the good news that Jesus made some sort of down payment for the salvation of sinners, or did He pay it all? That’s the very question that had to be answered in the first century church of Antioch, and that’s t
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Scripture: Acts 15:1-35
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 421
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Gospel Crisis
Shared by: Greg Nance on Sep, 2008
Summary: Struggles to understand the truth of the gospel are not new. The early church record reveals how they also faced and overcame crisis moments.
Scripture: Acts 15:1-31
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Moving Right Along
Shared by: Jason Jones on Aug, 2008
Summary: Exposition of Acts 15:22-35 about the church’s implementation of the Apostle’s decision regarding the controversy from Antioch
Series: Acts
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Scripture: Acts 15:22-35
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Views: 618
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Shared by: Chris Jordan on Jun, 2008
Summary: God’s looking for a few good men. Men who are willing to become brave in heart, to risk their lives for the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Will you be one of those men?
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Scripture: Acts 15:26
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Views: 2,468
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Shared by: Rick Crandall on Jun, 2007
Summary: Let’s look at the early church to find some great expectations for our church.
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Shared by: Rick Crandall on Jun, 2007
Summary: 3 encouragements for Christians
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Scripture: Acts 15:11-31
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Shared by: Jon MacKinney on Dec, 2006
Summary: After the Jerusalem Council decided to include the Gentiles without their having to become Jews, they needed to communicate that truth to them. The steps they took are a wonderful model of love in the church.
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Scripture: Acts 15:22-35
Denomination: Evangelical Free
Views: 2,130
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Shared by: Thomas Bowen on Oct, 2006
Summary: So should the church let all these "Gentiles" enter into the kingdom of God....Who saves and how establishes membership?
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Scripture: Acts 15:22-29
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Views: 467
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Shared by: Don Jones on Sep, 2006
Summary: The fourth message in the series deals with tolerance. It focuses on inconsistent behaviors that tell others we are "not of God"
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Scripture: Acts 15:1-29
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Shared by: Rich Dunbar on Sep, 2006
Summary: This sermon is about the response that came from the Jerusalem Council.
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Scripture: Acts 15:22-35
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Views: 1,669
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Shared by: Tim Adour on Jan, 2006
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Scripture: Acts 15:28
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Shared by: Chris Appleby on Oct, 2005
Summary: At the first Council of teh Church, held in Jerusalem it was affirmed that the preaching of the gospel brings freedom because the gospel is all about the grace of God, the freely given forgiveness won by Christ on the cross.
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Shared by: Russell Rhodes on Sep, 2005
Summary: This is the study of the Jerusalem Council and the 17th study in the Bookl of Acts
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Scripture: Acts 15:1-35
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