Thematic Bible




Acts 15:1 (show verse)

But some men came down from Judea and were instructing the brethren, Unless you are circumcised in accordance with the Mosaic custom, you cannot be saved.

Acts 15:2 (show verse)

And when Paul and Barnabas had no small disagreement and discussion with them, it was decided that Paul and Barnabas and some of the others of their number should go up to Jerusalem [and confer] with the apostles (special messengers) and the elders about this matter.

Acts 15:3 (show verse)

So, being fitted out and sent on their way by the church, they went through both Phoenicia and Samaria telling of the conversion of the Gentiles (the heathen), and they caused great rejoicing among all the brethren.

Acts 15:4 (show verse)

When they arrived in Jerusalem, they were heartily welcomed by the church and the apostles and the elders, and they told them all that God had accomplished through them.

Acts 15:5 (show verse)

But some who believed [who acknowledged Jesus as their Savior and devoted themselves to Him] belonged to the sect of the Pharisees, and they rose up and said, It is necessary to circumcise [the Gentile converts] and to charge them to obey the Law of Moses.

Acts 15:6 (show verse)

The apostles and the elders were assembled together to look into and consider this matter.

Acts 15:7 (show verse)

And after there had been a long debate, Peter got up and said to them, Brethren, you know that quite a while ago God made a choice or selection from among you, that by my mouth the Gentiles should hear the message of the Gospel [concerning the attainment through Christ of salvation in the kingdom of God] and believe (credit and place their confidence in it).

Acts 15:8 (show verse)

And God, Who is acquainted with and understands the heart, bore witness to them, giving them the Holy Spirit as He also did to us;

Acts 15:9 (show verse)

And He made no difference between us and them, but cleansed their hearts by faith ( by a strong and welcome conviction that Jesus is the Messiah, through Whom we obtain eternal salvation in the kingdom of God).

Acts 15:10 (show verse)

Now then, why do you try to test God by putting a yoke on the necks of the disciples, such as neither our forefathers nor we [ourselves] were able to endure?

Acts 15:11 (show verse)

But we believe that we are saved through the grace (the undeserved favor and mercy) of the Lord Jesus, just as they [are].

Acts 15:12 (show verse)

Then the whole assembly remained silent, and they listened [attentively] as Barnabas and Paul rehearsed what signs and wonders God had performed through them among the Gentiles.

Acts 15:13 (show verse)

When they had finished talking, James replied, Brethren, listen to me.

Acts 15:14 (show verse)

Simeon [Peter] has rehearsed how God first visited the Gentiles, to take out of them a people [to bear and honor] His name.

Acts 15:15 (show verse)

And with this the predictions of the prophets agree, as it is written,

Acts 15:16 (show verse)

After this I will come back, and will rebuild the house of David, which has fallen; I will rebuild its [very] ruins, and I will set it up again,

Acts 15:17 (show verse)

So that the rest of men may seek the Lord, and all the Gentiles upon whom My name has been invoked,

Acts 15:18 (show verse)

Says the Lord, Who has been making these things known from the beginning of the world.

Acts 15:19 (show verse)

Therefore it is my opinion that we should not put obstacles in the way of and annoy and disturb those of the Gentiles who turn to God,

Acts 15:20 (show verse)

But we should send word to them in writing to abstain from and avoid anything that has been polluted by being offered to idols, and all sexual impurity, and [eating meat of animals] that have been strangled, and [tasting of] blood.

Acts 15:21 (show verse)

For from ancient generations Moses has had his preachers in every town, for he is read [aloud] every Sabbath in the synagogues.

Acts 15:22 (show verse)

Then the apostles and the elders, together with the whole church, resolved to select men from among their number and send them to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas. They chose Judas called Barsabbas, and Silas, [both] leading men among the brethren, and sent them.

Acts 15:23 (show verse)

With [them they sent] the following letter: The brethren, both the apostles and the elders, to the brethren who are of the Gentiles in Antioch and Syria and Cilicia, greetings:

Acts 15:24 (show verse)

As we have heard that some persons from our number have disturbed you with their teaching, unsettling your minds and throwing you into confusion, although we gave them no express orders or instructions [on the points in question],

Acts 15:25 (show verse)

It has been resolved by us in assembly to select men and send them [as messengers] to you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul,

Acts 15:26 (show verse)

Men who have hazarded their lives for the sake of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Acts 15:27 (show verse)

So we have sent Judas and Silas, who themselves will bring you the same message by word of mouth.

Acts 15:28 (show verse)

For it has seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us not to lay upon you any greater burden than these indispensable requirements:

Acts 15:29 (show verse)

That you abstain from what has been sacrificed to idols and from [tasting] blood and from [eating the meat of animals] that have been strangled and from sexual impurity. If you keep yourselves from these things, you will do well. Farewell [be strong]!

Acts 15:30 (show verse)

So when [the messengers] were sent off, they went down to Antioch; and having assembled the congregation, they delivered the letter.

Acts 15:31 (show verse)

And when they read it, the people rejoiced at the consolation and encouragement [it brought them].

Acts 15:32 (show verse)

And Judas and Silas, who were themselves prophets (inspired interpreters of the will and purposes of God), urged and warned and consoled and encouraged the brethren with many words and strengthened them.

Acts 15:33 (show verse)

And after spending some time there, they were sent back by the brethren with [the greeting] peace to those who had sent them.

Acts 15:34 (show verse)

However, Silas decided to stay on there.

Acts 15:35 (show verse)

But Paul and Barnabas remained in Antioch and with many others also continued teaching and proclaiming the good news, the Word of the Lord [concerning the attainment through Christ of eternal salvation in God's kingdom].

Acts 15:36 (show verse)

And after some time Paul said to Barnabas, Come, let us go back and again visit and help and minister to the brethren in every town where we made known the message of the Lord, and see how they are getting along.

Acts 15:37 (show verse)

Now Barnabas wanted to take with them John called Mark [his near relative].

Acts 15:38 (show verse)

But Paul did not think it best to have along with them the one who had quit and deserted them in Pamphylia and had not gone on with them to the work.

Acts 15:39 (show verse)

And there followed a sharp disagreement between them, so that they separated from each other, and Barnabas took Mark with him and sailed away to Cyprus.

Acts 15:40 (show verse)

But Paul selected Silas and set out, being commended by the brethren to the grace (the favor and mercy) of the Lord.

Acts 15:41 (show verse)

And he passed through Syria and Cilicia, establishing and strengthening the churches.