By God's Grace Alone

by LA UBF   06/05/2010     0 reads



JBF Acts Bible Study                                                                                Lecture 16


Acts 15:1-35

Key Verse: 15:11

“No!  We believe it is through the grace of our Lord Jesus that we are saved, just as they are.”

Look at verse 1-2.  What teaching did some men who came from Judea begin to teach the church in Antioch?  Why did they say that the circumcision Moses prescribed was necessary in order to be saved?  Why did Barnabas and Saul oppose them so strongly?  Why did they seek the church in Jerusalem to resolve the matter?  

Look at verses 3-5.  Describe the journey from Antioch to Jerusalem.  When they got to Jerusalem, how did the church receive them?  What did Barnabas and Saul do when they arrived?  What party did those who opposed Barnabas and Saul belong to?  

Look at verses 6-11.  Who discussed the question?  How long did they take to consider the matter?  Who finally got up and spoke?  What was Peter’s clear stand?  What was the basis of his conviction that Gentile believers do not need to be circumcised?  What is necessary for salvation?  Why is this so important for the believers to know?

Look at verses 12-21.  What was Barnabas’ and Saul’s testimony?  What was the point of James decision?  What was the basis of his final decision?  What rules did he say that Gentile believers should follow?  Why is it good for them to abstain and avoid these things?

Look at verses 22-35.  Who was sent along with Barnabas and Saul to Antioch with news of the Council’s decision?  What was the content of the letter they wrote?  What was the response in Antioch?  How did this event strengthen the church?