Ephesians 4:11-16 speaks to us about how the church functions. Chad Montgomery brings us a message about how the church body should work together for the spiritual growth of all believers.
Scriptural readings about the birth of our Savior and a sermon (Heb. 1:1-3) by Steve Ramseur.
Our passage in Acts 15:15-35 gives us four particulars of the vision any congregation of Christ ought to maintain as it grows in understanding and applying the propositions of the Gospel: (1) embrace unity and acknowledge differences; (2) sacrifice for God-given mission; (3) expect conflict but seek reconciliation; (4) depend on God’s presence and providence in everything.
Our passage this morning shows us that even in the time of the apostles, the idea of “Jesus plus” was alive and well. The details were different because the culture was different. But kind, sincere well-meaning men lined up on opposite sides (even as they do today) to argue over the nature and effect of Jesus’ life and death.
Acts 15:1-21 teaches us important principles about the purity of the Gospel and the fellowship of the church. To get to the heart of the passage, we need to understand: (1) how the Gospel was perverted; (2) how the Gospel was preserved; and, (3) why protecting the Gospel is paramount.
Acts 14 teaches us some of the realistic hardships and the true joys of ministry: (1) discipleship produces division; (2) disbelief produces disobedience and disdain; and, (3) difficulties produce determination, dependence and delight.