RE Verse passage: Acts 15:1-29 (day four) The final word is what most of us want to have. We want to be able to make the decision that ultimately stands. The early church leaders had their own version of a ‘chat’ going on…they did not have technology, but they did have conversation trying to make a decision on the subject of what should be required of the Gentile believers. Verse 7 says, “After there had been much debate”…Paul and Barnabas weighed in, the Pharisees weighed in, Peter testified, and everyone at the council worked to process all of the information for a decision. It was James, the leader of the church in Jerusalem, who gave us the model to follow. In verse 15, he takes the statements of all who had testified and took them back to scripture. Only scripture can illuminate the truth in all of our best discussions. God’s Word is truth…it should be our standard and plumb line.
Guest Blogger: Larry Soape – Associate Pastor, Education, Adults & Missions