Monday, December 31, 2012

Acts 15: 22-41

We pick up our lesson today where we left off last time. This lesson is a bit short because of the extra reading I am asking you to do.  I hope you find the lesson thought-provoking.

Acts 15: 22-29    Who took part in writing this letter of doctrinal instruction? What was their role in the early Church?  Note verse 24. It seems some among the early Church were taking it upon themselves to teach doctrines that had not been agreed upon by the apostles. Now consider Matthew 16:18-19 along with 1 Corinthians 5:1-13 (important to read the entire chapter for context), 2 Thessalonians 2:1-15 (again, context is important. Note also St. Paul’s final statement in verse 15.), see also 1 Timothy 3:15.  What might these passages suggest about Church leadership with regard to the authority for doctrinal teaching?

Note verse 27 and verse 32. We don’t know what they said, but what might we conclude it became part of?  Consider also Colossians 4:16, 2 Corinthians 13:2; 2 Thessalonians 2:15 and 2 Thessalonians 3:6.

Verses 36-41  What do you think about verse 38-40?  (See 13:13.  Note the language Luke uses in both 13:13 and 15:38 to describe what Mark did).  Now also note 2 Timothy 4:10-11.  What do you think might have happened to the two men?  Application?
We will move into chapter 16 next time.


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