HOME GUIDE | August 30, 2020
SUMMARY | Church on mission leans on spirit-led leaders to handle difficult questions and problems (Acts 15)
INTRO | The morality of a person is important especially for Christians. In the sermon on the mount in Matthew 5, Jesus is stressing the importance of the believers actions of those in lower economic and social classes, and those in the higher ranks. Jesus stresses that we are the salt and light of the world. Unfortunately, this has taken Christians down the path of rules and regulations for believers that might not have impact on their salvation. In Acts 15, Paul and Barnabas are met with a group of people communicating mixed messages about the steps required for salvation. The point of tension is the subject of salvation for the Gentile believers. Take a few moments to read Acts chapter 15 and see how they debated and resolved this subject.
*Notice that the people are categorized by social groups (Apostles, elders, Gentile, believers, “believers who belonged to the party of the Pharisees”. These categories are in the text to help the reader understand the various perspectives of the people in the conversation. Focus in on 15:9: He (God) did not discriminate between us and them, for he purified their hearts by faith.
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS |
[Children - Adults] For several weeks now we have encouraged a family prayer board. How is that going? Here is what that looks like: Find a blank piece of paper or a whiteboard, go around the room asking about any concerns or thanksgivings before a time of Prayer. Leave this paper where you can see it all week, discuss them everyday and see where God might be working in them. [Deu 6]
Additional Resource | Mission and Vision of the West Side Church of Christ: https://www.westsidear.org/mission-and-vision.html