Re:Verse reading–Acts 15:1-29 (day seven)
I am amazed at the resiliency of the early church, and the resiliency of Paul. They went through trial after trial, but joy remained. From the outside, they were ran out of most every town they visited, and from the inside, they could not agree on what life in the church was supposed to look like. Strife surrounded the church, but the Holy Spirit was in it. The Holy Spirit kept the peace and gave them joy in the most joyless situations.
This week’s text is a prime example. After a church fight, Paul and Barnabas were sent down to Jerusalem to get their opinion, and along the way we get verse 3. Between the two great debates that happened in Antioch and Jerusalem we get a glimpse of Paul and Barnabas on the road. They weren’t sulking, they weren’t bulking up their arguments, the text says they were sharing their stories of joy, encouraging the church all along the way. That is the work of the Holy Spirit.