Acts – Part 3
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The discussion in the Jerusalem council in Acts chapter 15 was how Jews and gentiles could function together as the body of Christ.
XVI. Review: An Outline of Acts
A. Introduction: Founding the Church (1:1-2:41)
B. Part One: Christian Mission to the Jews (2:42-12:25)
1. The Church in Jerusalem (2:42-6:7)
2. The Church in Judea, Galilee and Samaria (6:8-9:31)
3. Advances in Palestine and Syria (9:32-12:25)
C. Part Two: Christian Mission to the Gentiles (13:1-28:31)
1. Paul's first journey and the Apostolic Council (13:1-16:5)
2. Paul's second and third journeys (16:6-19:20)
3. Paul's final travels to Jerusalem and Rome (19:21-28:31)
XVII. Exegetical notes on Acts 13-14
A. Overall Patterns
1. "to the Jew first…"
2. From common ground to gospel message
3. Largest cities
B. Specific Details
1. Power evangelism
2. Core kerygma
4. Superstitious preservation of mythology
XVIII. The Apostolic Council (Acts 15)
A. The key issue: circumcision
B. The role of the delegates
1. Paul and Barnabas: undeniable experience
2. Peter: a key "about face"
3. James: Scripture clinches it
C. The nature of the "decree": good advice, not a new law
D. The rationale for the prohibitions
1. Jewish principles for Gentiles?
2. Key elements of pagan worship?
E. The apparent contradiction with Timothy