Re:Verse reading–Acts 15:1-29 (day one)
“If you cannot go back to your mother’s womb, you better learn to be a good fighter.”–Anchee Min.
“I have fought the good fight”–the Apostle Paul (2 Timothy 4:7)
It happened in the early church. It will happen (has) in our church. We will come to a point/place of disagreement. About truth. About direction. We will need to fight.
We will need to fight fairly. Work hard to address issues and truth rather than personalities and feelings. The same skills we use in marriage.
Acts 15 will serve as an example. We will engage in honest and courageous debate–v 2. We will seek wisdom from the apostles–v 3 (our application will be to “search the scripture”). We will give testimony–v 7-12. We will submit to our leaders–v 13-22.
I don’t know which is harder to teach. The courage to fight for truth or the kindness to do it fairly. For Christ-followers, neither is optional.