Salvation by grace is an incredible thing. But one of the practical implications of that doctrine is the possibility for tension in the church. If we truly are welcomed into God’s family without having to conform to certain external standards first, then this means that the church will be full of vastly different people. And if the church is full of vastly different people, then it will only be a matter of time before someone’s expression of freedom will be at odds with someone else’s. When that tension arises, how are we to respond? The Jerusalem council helps us see that love for our brothers and sisters should guide us in how we navigate these tensions.
This week we are studying from Acts 15:20-35.
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