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  • Benefits Of A Healthy Debate

    Contributed by Paul Fritz on Jun 11, 2001
    based on 10 ratings

    Learn how you can profit from a healthy debate

    Benefits of a Healthy Debate (Acts 15:1-5) Illustration:"The apostles and elders met to consider this question if the Gentiles must be circumcised and required to obey the law of Moses." (Acts 15;5,6) 1. Have you ever considered how controversies can produce beneficial effects? The Spirit more

  • Reasons To Fight The Good Fight

    Contributed by Paul Fritz on Jun 11, 2001
    based on 25 ratings

    There are some fights that are worth fighting and others that are better avoided. Many people do not enjoy arguing, fighting or quarreling. Yet, you can tell what a person considers vital by what they are willing to fight for. The apostles found it necess

    Reasons to Fight the Good Fight (Acts 15:1-11) 1. Many people do not enjoy arguing, fighting or quarreling. Yet, you can tell what a person considers vital by what they are willing to fight for. The apostles found it necessary to fight the good fight of faith against “false brethren” who wanted to more

  • The Church Takes A Stand

    Contributed by John Kapteyn on Oct 17, 2000
    based on 95 ratings

    Introduction 1.

    Introduction 1. Today we consider at one of the most crucial decisions in the history of the church of Jesus Christ. Iit took place 1950 years ago - in the year 49AD. Today we are also facing what amounts to the same crucial decision. Within the RCA and within many denominations. As we consider more

  • How To Help Resolve Conflicts With Difficult People

    Contributed by Paul Fritz on Oct 17, 2000
    based on 56 ratings

    Conflict resolution is exemplified in Acts 15 by James and the apostles.

    ILlustration: Many people find themselves stuck in ruts unable to find a way out of their conflicts. Millions in North America suffer from depression because they are unable to properly channel their feelings of anger, resentment and frustration.Unconsciously, people take out their exasperation more

  • Why We Have Elders Series

    Contributed by Eric Snyder on Oct 21, 2001
    based on 78 ratings

    Outline is semi origional with illustrations borrowed from sermon central contributers.

    Leadership Lessons Elders, Eric A. Snyder, Minister, Farwell Church of Christ Acts 15:1-30 July 22, 2001 A husband and wife, prior to marriage, decided that he’d make all the major decisions and she the minor ones. After 20 years of marriage, he was asked how this arrangement had worked. more

  • "Marks Of Christian Maturity"

    Contributed by Dennis Deese on Aug 9, 2002
    based on 26 ratings

    We need to be Mature Christians!

    "MARKS OF CHRISTIAN MATURITY" Dr. Dennis Deese - Fan The Flame Ministries, Inc. ACTS 15:1- 35 God has recorded for us what I believe to be one of the most critical moments in the history of the church. The exciting thing about it is that while it begins with dissension (15:1-2) it ends with a more

  • Resolving Conflicts By God's Power

    Contributed by Paul Fritz on Apr 3, 2003
    based on 27 ratings

    Conflicts can be resolved when people are willing to avoid defining the other party as incorrigible. Even though all people have a sinful nature, Spirit led individuals are able to find unity, peace and harmony through the mutuality of our shared union in

    How to Resolve or Prevent Conflicts (Acts 15:1-35) Conflicts, like the one in Acts 15, often occur because of differences of perspectives. Some people viewed the will of God differently because of their personal, cultural or religious conditioning. Resolving conflicts should always begin by more

  • The Benefit Of Godly Elders

    Contributed by Paul Fritz on Apr 3, 2003
    based on 19 ratings

    Here is an example of how multiple gifts, abilities and perspectives can synergistically work together for a greater total effect than the sum of several individual’s efforts. Without elders, the church can easily be led astray by one person’s agenda, per

    Why Elders Are Important - Acts 15:1-29 Illustration:Peter Drucker offers insightful guidance to the church when he calls leadership a peak performance by one who is "the trumpet that sounds a clear sound of the organizations’ goals." His five requirements for this task are amazingly reliable and more

  • The Jerusalem Council Series

    Contributed by Russell Rhodes on Aug 31, 2005
    based on 7 ratings

    This is the study of the Jerusalem Council and the 17th study in the Bookl of Acts

    The Jerusalem Council Acts 15:1-35 Acts # 17 In this chapter we will see conflict within the church. We will look at what is known as the Jerusalem Council. This is the first major conflict of the church. This was a conflict about Salvation. This conflict was asking the question of how a person more

  • The God Who Knows The Heart

    Contributed by Kent Simmons on May 18, 2002
    based on 17 ratings

    If the intent of our hearts is important to us, how much more important is the issue of the intent of our hearts to our God.

    Sermon Notes “The God Who Knows The Heart” Kent Simmons Acts 15:1-21 AC 15:1 Some men came down from Judea to Antioch and were teaching the brothers: "Unless you are circumcised, according to the custom taught by Moses, you cannot be saved." [2] This brought Paul and Barnabas into sharp dispute more

  • The First Board Meeting Series

    Contributed by A. Todd Coget on Jul 25, 2002
    based on 21 ratings

    This sermon explians and illustrates why Christians should become all things to all people so that by all possible means we might save some.

    The First Board Meeting July 28, 2002 Acts 15:1-35 Intro: A. [None Survived, from the book, "God Has Never Failed Me, But He’s Sure Scared Me to Death a Few Times" by Stan Toler] There was a family who decided to move to the country. They bought a ranch and made plans to raise cattle. They more

  • Growing Pains

    Contributed by Jeff Simms on Jun 3, 2003
    based on 54 ratings

    Salvation is by grace through faith alone.

    Growing Pains Acts 15:1-2,5-21 Primary Purpose: To emphasize the importance of the early church doctrine that salvation is by grace through faith alone. Acts 15 takes us to a time of great growing pains in the church. I call them growing pains because the church was for the first time more

  • I Want The Church To Grow - But Do I Want Any More People? #3 Series

    Contributed by Jeremy Houck on Feb 18, 2003
    based on 20 ratings

    I want the church to grow because it is God’s Plan but I don’t want people who have not been through the same area of Growth I have.

    I recieded this idea from my mentor Jerrie Barber. I Want the Church to Grow - But Do I Want Any More People? #3 Acts 15:1-5 A Christian man owned a barber shop, and one night during a Gospel Meeting he felt greatly burdened to do more for the cause of Christ. So he went out and got a copy of more

  • James, The Brother Of Jesus Series

    Contributed by Mike Wilkins on Jan 5, 2003
    based on 51 ratings

    With the discovery of the James Ossuary and its arrival in Toronto, we’ve decided to crack open James. This is a biographical sermon about the man

    Saint James – Who Was This Man? January 5th 2003 Acts 15:1-35, 21:17-26 The Ossuary Back in October, this amazing and almost unbelievable discovery came to light. A French scientist/historian had made the discovery of an ossuary with the inscription “James son of Joseph, brother of Jesus” on more

  • When Christians Disagree - Part One Series

    Contributed by Michael Luke on Nov 27, 2004
    based on 18 ratings

    Principles for dealing with doctrinal disagreements

    SERIES: “LESSONS FROM THE EARLY CHURCH” TEXT: ACTS 15:1-35 TITLE: WHEN CHRISTIANS DISAGREE – PART ONE” INTRODUCTION: A. Benjamin Franklin: “Many a long dispute may be thus abridged: ‘It is so; it is not so.’ ‘It is so; it is not so.’” more