RE Verse reading–Acts 15:1-29 (day three) The Jerusalem Council certainly produced one of the defining statements of the early Christian movement. Of necessity, this local church had to work out its own theology. They couldn’t consult with New Testament theologians. They couldn’t buy the latest tome on Christian doctrine. They were living these things out in real time. In our day, we navigate a flood of authors who help us strengthen our Christian understanding. This is as it should be. We face the temptation, though, to outsource our thinking to the latest thought leader. Let us remember that we have a responsibility—as these early believers did—to wrestle with weighty matters, and to do it together. No one produces better theology than the local church under the leadership of the Holy Spirit and committed to the scriptures. Where two or more are gathered, the Lord is there, and he will help us think.
Guest Blogger: Bryan Richardson – Associate Pastor, Singles, Small Groups, & Pastoral Ministries