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Acts: Beginning

Sermon Questions for Reflection: Read Acts 15:1-21

  1. What does it mean for us that we are saved by grace and not by any other requirements? Why did God set it up this way? What is the danger of adding requirements to salvation outside of God’s grace through faith? (1 Cor. 15:3-11; Eph. 2:8-9)
  2. What assurances do the believers in this passage have that God intended salvation for Jews and Gentiles alike? What experiences or knowledge helps lead them to this conclusion in the midst of opposing opinions?  What can we learn from this as we seek to follow God’s truth in a world of opposing view points? (Acts 10:34-36; Phil. 1:8-9)
  3. What did it take for the believers in Jerusalem to come to a unified position on what was being debated? What impact did this unified understanding of salvation have on the early church and its goal to share the Gospel? What effect can unity, or disunity, have on the church and the Gospel in our world today? (1 Cor. 1:10; Gal. 6:15)

Acts: Beginning