Topic: Not To Burden You
Opening Prayer: Oh Lord, grant me divine guidance as I read and meditate on your word in Jesus name.
Scripture: Acts 15:13-29
Question(s) for Reflection
• Is there any command for me to obey?
James who chaired the Council meeting was a brother of Jesus (not Apostle James, see Acts 12:1-2). He became a key leader in the Church in Jerusalem. Assess his summary of the discussions that had taken place. The prophecy of Amos (9:11-12) in vs.16-17 which James quoted reminded the leaders that Jesus Christ has rebuilt and restored the kingdom of David through His death and resurrection.
Now the door is wide open for the remnant (Jews) and Gentiles to receive the salvation of the Lord without precondition. The prohibitions in v.20 are not attempts to introduce the Law through the back door. There are practices in our culture that are clearly ungodly and must be ‘no go’ area for us. In a society replete with idolatrous practices including sexual orgies during their pagan religious festivals, boundaries need to be set.
Prohibition of blood predates Moses (see Genesis 9:4). Christians are free from the Law but are not lawless. This is a serious issue that could destroy the church if not handled carefully. The dissemination of the decision was wisely handled. Respected people were selected to carry the carefully written letter. Christians must ensure sound administrative procedures are set in place for smooth running of our church and fellowship.
• For Action: What can you do to encourage better administration in your church?
• Any new insight or reinforcement of what you already know?
• Pray that the church may demonstrate spirit-led style of leadership.
• Pray for Human Rights organizations to take interest in the persecution of Christians.
Offer a prayer of faith in line with Psalm 41:1; Nahum; Col. 2
Scripture Union Daily Guide 4 November 2021. Scripture Union is an international, interdenominational, evangelical Christian organization. It was founded in 1867, and works in partnership with individuals and churches across the world. The organization’s stated aim is to use the Bible to inspire children, young people and adults to know God.