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Acts 15 - AMP

2 And when Paul and Barnabas had no small disagreement and discussion with them, it was decided that Paul and Barnabas and some of the others of their number should go up to Jerusalem with the apostles (special messengers) and the elders about this matter. 3 So, being Joseph Thayer, A Greek-English Lexicon.fitted out and sent on their way by the church, they went through both Phoenicia and Samaria telling of the conversion of the Gentiles (the heathen), and they caused great rejoicing among all the brethren. 4 When they arrived in Jerusalem, they were heartily welcomed by the church and the apostles and the elders, and they told them all that God had accomplished through them. 5 But some who believed belonged to the sect of the Pharisees, and they rose up and said, It is necessary to circumcise and to charge them to obey the Law of Moses. 6 The apostles and the elders were assembled together to look into and consider this matter. 7 And after there had been a long debate, Peter got up and said to them, Brethren, you know that quite a while ago God made a choice or selection from among you, that by my mouth the Gentiles should hear the message of the Gospel and believe (credit and place their confidence in it). 8 And God, Who is acquainted with and understands the heart, bore witness to them, giving them the Holy Spirit as He also did to us; 9 And He made no difference between us and them, but cleansed their hearts by faith (Joseph Thayer, A Greek-English Lexicon.by a strong and welcome conviction that Jesus is the Messiah, through Whom we obtain eternal salvation in the kingdom of God). 10 Now then, why do you try to test God by putting a yoke on the necks of the disciples, such as neither our forefathers nor we were able to endure? 11 But we believe that we are saved through the grace (the undeserved favor and mercy) of the Lord Jesus, just as they . 12 Then the whole assembly remained silent, and they listened as Barnabas and Paul rehearsed what signs and wonders God had performed through them among the Gentiles. 13 When they had finished talking, James replied, Brethren, listen to me. 14 Simeon has rehearsed how God first visited the Gentiles, to take out of them a people His name. 15 And with this the predictions of the prophets agree, as it is written, 16 After this I will come back, and will rebuild the house of David, which has fallen; I will rebuild its ruins, and I will set it up again, 17 So that the rest of men may seek the Lord, and all the Gentiles upon whom My name has been invoked, 18 Says the Lord, Who has been making these things known from the beginning of the world. 19 Therefore it is my opinion that we should not put obstacles in the way of and annoy and disturb those of the Gentiles who turn to God, 20 But we should send word to them in writing to abstain from and avoid anything that has been polluted by being offered to idols, and all sexual impurity, and that have been strangled, and blood. 21 For from ancient generations Moses has had his preachers in every town, for he is read every Sabbath in the synagogues. 22 Then the apostles and the elders, together with the whole church, resolved to select men from among their number and send them to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas. They chose Judas called Barsabbas, and Silas, leading men among the brethren, and sent them. 23 With the following letter: The brethren, both the apostles and the elders, to the brethren who are of the Gentiles in Antioch and Syria and Cilicia, greetings: 24 As we have heard that some persons from our number have disturbed you with their teaching, unsettling your minds and Marvin Vincent, Word Studies.throwing you into confusion, although we gave them no express orders or instructions , 25 It has been resolved by us in assembly to select men and send them to you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul, 26 Men who have hazarded their lives for the sake of our Lord Jesus Christ. 27 So we have sent Judas and Silas, who themselves will bring you the same message by word of mouth. 28 For it has seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us not to lay upon you any greater burden than these indispensable requirements: 29 That you abstain from what has been sacrificed to idols and from blood and from that have been strangled and from sexual impurity. If you keep yourselves from these things, you will do well. Farewell ! 30 So when were sent off, they went down to Antioch; and having assembled the congregation, they delivered the letter. 31 And when they read it, the people rejoiced at the consolation and encouragement . 32 And Judas and Silas, who were themselves prophets (inspired interpreters of the will and purposes of God), urged and warned and consoled and encouraged the brethren with many words and strengthened them. 33 And after spending some time there, they were sent back by the brethren with peace to those who had sent them. 34 However, Silas decided to stay on there. 35 But Paul and Barnabas remained in Antioch and with many others also continued teaching and proclaiming the good news, the Word of the Lord . 36 And after some time Paul said to Barnabas, Come, let us go back and again visit and help and minister to the brethren in every town where we made known the message of the Lord, and see how they are getting along. 37 Now Barnabas wanted to take with them John called Mark . 38 But Paul did not think it best to have along with them the one who had quit and deserted them in Pamphylia and had not gone on with them to the work. 39 And there followed a sharp disagreement between them, so that they separated from each other, and Barnabas took Mark with him and sailed away to Cyprus. 40 But Paul selected Silas and set out, being commended by the brethren to the grace (the favor and mercy) of the Lord. 41 And he passed through Syria and Cilicia, establishing and strengthening the churches.

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Shared by: STEVE TAYLOR on Feb, 2017
Summary: Steps to being saved
Scripture: Acts 4:12 Acts 15:1-2
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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.
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The Life of Paul Part III
Shared by: Dan Carroll on Aug, 2016
Summary: After spending ten to thirteen years preparing Paul teamed up with Barnabas in Antioch where the church grew and opened to all people. Barnabas and Paul were sent out on the first outreach team.
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The Wolves Close In
Shared by: Chuck Sligh on Aug, 2016
Summary: To hear animal rights people tell it, wolves are the most lovable creatures there are. But really, wolves are vicious, bloodthirsty killers. In Acts 15:1-2, spiritual wolves arrive to counter Paul’s teaching of salvation by grace alone through faith alone
Series: Acts
Scripture: Acts 15:1-2
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 276
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The Day Two Missionaries Disagreed
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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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: 136
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
Effective Evangelism
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.
Scripture: Acts 15:36-16:5
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 271
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Effective Evangelism part 2
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.
Scripture: Acts 15:36-16:5
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 122
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.
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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: 726
Larry Turner avatar
Coming Home to Reflect
Shared by: Larry Turner on Oct, 2015
Summary: Message for our first homecoming Sunday. This is a message to encourage a small church in decline.
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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
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
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#1 - In Delays and Detours
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
Views: 1,052
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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
Perry Greene avatar
Can I also Be Included?
Shared by: Perry Greene on Aug, 2015
Summary: This is an adaptation of a Fred Craddock Sermon. We must guard against being exclusive in our approach to evangelism and the church.
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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
Wayne Lawson avatar
Play Nice With Others
Shared by: Wayne Lawson on Jul, 2014
Summary: As Christians, we fully understand that it is important to Play Nice With Others. Can I tell you that’s a concept that is much harder from some than it is for others!
based on 3 ratings
Scripture: Acts 15:36-41
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 2,986
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Shared by: Jeremy Poling on Jun, 2014
Summary: God dwells in the praises of Israel!
Scripture: Acts 15:13-17
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 721
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Church... We Have A Problem!
Shared by: Kevin L. Jones on Jun, 2014
Summary: Examining the problem of "professing Christians" that have left the battle-field and the mission-field.
based on 12 ratings
Scripture: Acts 15:36-41
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 11,105
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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
John Hamby avatar
Is It Grace Plus Works?
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
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: 506
Shared by: OKOYE BENJAMIN on Mar, 2014
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Scripture: Acts 15:36-41
Denomination: Anglican
Views: 887
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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
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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
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A Model of Love
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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When Christians Disagree
Shared by: Jerry Cosper on Jan, 2014
Summary: Disagreements aren’t so bad. It’s when people become disagreeable that things get bad!
Scripture: Acts 15:36-41
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 591
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Shared by: bala samson on Sep, 2013
Summary: Some people need to be followed-up ad infinitum in order to win them for Christ!
Scripture: Acts 15:36
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 231