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031917: A Crisis and a Council

031917: A Crisis and a Council

In the book of Acts two facts come out clearly about the early history of the church. First, the story of the dynamic spread of the gospel of Christ and the establishment of the church is explained; and second, wherever the gospel was preached, opposition arose to threaten the gospels spread. Initially the opposition to the gospel came from the outside. But eventually, the source of the opposition shifted and threats to the gospel arose from within the church. As we begin Acts chapter 15 we have the first example of a threat the gospel from within the church. The threat itself arose when certain men of the party of the Pharisees began telling Gentil believers that they could not be saved unless they were circumcised after the tradition of Moses. As a result Paul and Barnabas dissented and were eventually sent to Jerusalem to discuss the matter with the apostles and elders in that city. This sermon explains the threat to the gospel and why it was so dangerous and examines how the apostl