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2. Controversy in theearly church.Must Gentiles who believed the Gospel be circumcised and keep the Law ofMoses to be Christians. 2 3. Barnabas and Paul said, "Absolutely not." Peter said, "God has already said, No."3 4. Acts 15:18 (James) Known unto God are all HisWorks from the beginning of the world. 19 Where-fore my sentence is, that we trouble not them,which from among the Gentiles are turned to God:20 But that we write unto them, that they abstainfrom pollutions of idols, and from fornication, andfrom things strangled, and from blood.4 5. 23 Andthey wrote letters by them after this manner;The apostles and elders and brethren send greetingunto the brethren which are of the Gentiles inAntioch and Syria and Cilicia: 24 Forasmuch as wehave heard, that certain which went out from ushave troubled you with words, subverting yoursouls, saying, Ye must be circumcised, and keepthe Law: to whom we gave no such commandment: They called the Gentiles "brethren", recognizingthat they were saved and members of the family of God. 5 6. The men stirring up the controversy hadoverstepped their authority.They were not sent out by the church inJerusalem, nor were they ordained to teach the Word of God. 6 7. They were the kind of people who believe that anyone who is not just like themMust be wrong. Race, color, opinions, emotions, education I am not the standard.You are not the standard.No man is the standard.Is the standard. 7 8. 25-26 It seemed good unto us, being assembled withone accord, to send chosen men unto you with ourbeloved Barnabas and Paul, men that havehazarded their lives for the Name of our Lord JesusChrist. 27 We have sent therefore Judas and Silas,who shall also tell you the same things by mouth.Judas and Silas would verify that the lettercame from the apostles and elders in Jerusalem.They recommended Barnabas and Paul for the workthey had done and the dangers they had faced. 8 9. We need men who have passed the test.Barnabas and Paul had"hazarded their lives for theName of our Lord Jesus Christ."We need men and women in the church who will not stoop at standing time.They wont desert the battlefield intime of difficulty.9 10. 1 Timothy 5 22 Lay hands suddenly on no man,neither be partaker of other mens sins: keep thyselfpure.1 Timothy 3 1 This is a true saying, If a man desirethe office of a bishop, he desireth a good work.6 Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fallinto the condemnation of the devil.We must not push people into positions of leadership before they are seasoned and ready. 10 11. 28 Forit seemed good to the Holy Ghost,and to us,* to lay upon you no greaterburden than these necessary things; 29 Thatye abstain from meats offered to idols, andfrom blood, and from things strangled, andfrom fornication: from which if ye keepyourselves, ye shall do well. Fare ye well. When we agree with the Holy Spirit of God we do well. Its not about what I think, or my opinion,or about how someone feels. 11 12. 30 Sowhen they were dismissed, they came toAntioch: and when they had gathered the multitudetogether, they delivered the epistle: 31 Which whenthey had read, they rejoiced for the consolation. Antioch was a church made up primarily ofGentiles; they received consolation from this letter.You are in the family of God.You dont have to convert to Judaism to beChristians; you are already Christians.12 13. How does this lesson apply to us?We must not major in the minors; we must major inthe things God has taught us in His Word. We must not stoop at standing time.We must not desert the battlefield.Ephesians 6 10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord,and in the Power of His Might.13