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Acts 15:1 (show verse)

Some people came down from Judea and began to teach the brothers, "Unless you are circumcised in accordance with the custom that Moses handed down, you cannot be saved."

Acts 15:2 (show verse)

So, as a dire disturbance and a serious discussion had been created between Paul and Barnabas and them, they decided that Paul and Barnabas and some others from their number should go up to Jerusalem to confer with the apostles and elders about this question.

Acts 15:3 (show verse)

So they were endorsed and sent on by the church, and as they passed through Phoenicia and Samaria, they told of the conversion of the heathen and brought great rejoicing to all the brothers.

Acts 15:4 (show verse)

When they arrived at Jerusalem, they were welcomed by the church, the apostles, and the elders, and they reported what God had done through them as instruments.

Acts 15:5 (show verse)

But some members of the Pharisaic party, who had become believers, arose and said that such converts must be circumcised and told to keep the law of Moses.

Acts 15:6 (show verse)

Now the apostles and elders met to consider this matter.

Acts 15:7 (show verse)

After a lengthy discussion Peter got up and said to them, "Brothers, you know that in the early days God chose among you that through me the heathen should hear the message of the good news and believe it.

Acts 15:8 (show verse)

And God who knows men's hearts testifies for them by giving them the Holy Spirit, as He did us,

Acts 15:9 (show verse)

and in this way He put no difference between us and them, because He cleansed their hearts by faith.

Acts 15:10 (show verse)

Then why do you now try to test God by putting on these disciples' necks a yoke which neither our forefathers nor we could bear?

Acts 15:11 (show verse)

In fact, we believe that it is through the favor of the Lord Jesus that we are saved, just as they are."

Acts 15:12 (show verse)

By this he quieted the whole congregation, and they listened to Barnabas and Paul tell of the signs and wonders which God had done through them among the heathen.

Acts 15:13 (show verse)

When they finished, James responded as follows: "Brothers, listen to me.

Acts 15:14 (show verse)

Symeon has told how God at first graciously visited the heathen to take from among them a people to bear His name.

Acts 15:15 (show verse)

The words of the prophets are in accord with this, as it is written:

Acts 15:16 (show verse)

'After this I will return and rebuild David's fallen dwelling; I will rebuild its ruins and set it up again,

Acts 15:17 (show verse)

So that the rest of mankind may earnestly seek the Lord, Yes, all the heathen who are called by my name, says the Lord,

Acts 15:18 (show verse)

who has been making this known from ages past.'

Acts 15:19 (show verse)

So I give it as my opinion, we ought not to put difficulties in the way of the heathen who turn to God,

Acts 15:20 (show verse)

but we should write them to abstain from everything that is contaminated by idols, from sexual immorality, from the meat of strangled animals, and from tasting blood.

Acts 15:21 (show verse)

For Moses from the ancient generations has had his preachers in every town, and on every sabbath has been read aloud in the synagogues."

Acts 15:22 (show verse)

Then the apostles and elders in cooperation with the whole church passed a resolution to select and send some men of their number with Paul and Barnabas to Antioch. These were Judas, who was called Barsabbas, and Silas, leading men among the brothers.

Acts 15:23 (show verse)

They sent this letter by them: "The apostles and elders as brothers send greeting to the brothers from among the heathen in Antioch, Syria, and Cilicia.

Acts 15:24 (show verse)

As we have heard that some of our number have disturbed you by their teaching, by continuing to unsettle your minds,

Acts 15:25 (show verse)

we have passed a unanimous resolution to select and send messengers to you with our beloved brothers Barnabas and Paul,

Acts 15:26 (show verse)

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

Acts 15:27 (show verse)

So we send Judas and Silas to you, to bring you the same message by word of mouth.

Acts 15:28 (show verse)

For the Holy Spirit and we have decided not to lay upon you any burden but these essential requirements,

Acts 15:29 (show verse)

that you abstain from everything that is offered to idols, from tasting blood, from the meat of animals that have been strangled, and from sexual immorality. If you keep yourselves free from these things, you will prosper. Good-by."

Acts 15:30 (show verse)

So the messengers were sent out, and they went down to Antioch, called a meeting of the congregation, and delivered the letter.

Acts 15:31 (show verse)

When they had read it, they were delighted with the encouragement it brought them.

Acts 15:32 (show verse)

Now Judas and Silas, as they were prophets themselves, in a lengthy talk encouraged and strengthened the brothers.

Acts 15:33 (show verse)

After spending some time there, they were sent back with a greeting to those who sent them.

Acts 15:34 (show verse)

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Acts 15:35 (show verse)

But Paul and Barnabas stayed on at Antioch, and with many others continued to teach the Lord's message and to tell the good news.

Acts 15:36 (show verse)

Some days after this Paul said to Barnabas, "Let us go back and visit the brothers in every town where we preached the Lord's message, to see how they are."

Acts 15:37 (show verse)

But Barnabas persisted in wanting to take along John who was called Mark.

Acts 15:38 (show verse)

Paul, however, did not consider such a man fit to take along with them, the man who deserted them in Pamphylia and did not go on with them to the work.

Acts 15:39 (show verse)

The disagreement was so sharp that they separated, and Barnabas took Mark and sailed for Cyprus.

Acts 15:40 (show verse)

But Paul selected Silas and set out, after the brothers had committed him to the favor of the Lord.

Acts 15:41 (show verse)

He journeyed on through Syria and Cilicia and continued to strengthen the churches.