The Jerusalem Council was a meeting of the early Church leaders to decide how to include Gentiles Christians into what had, up to this point, been a predominantly Jewish Christian group.
VII. The Jerusalem Council
A. The Issue at Stake
1. The argument of the circumcision party
a. God's Covenant demands this - Genesis 17:9-14
b. All Scripture teaches this - Genesis 21:4; Exodus 4:25, etc.
c. Every male believer was circumcised.
d. This was "good enough religion" for Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, the Prophets, John the Baptist and Jesus.
e. Paul is promoting a liberal theology (of his time).
2. The argument of Peter, Paul and James
a. Peter - Acts 15:7-11
b. Paul - Acts 15:12
c. James - Acts 15:13-21
3. The Conclusion
a. The Jerusalem decree - Acts 15:23-29
b. Titus was the test case - Galatians 2:3
B. An Unresolved Issue
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