What is at stake (Acts 15-16)

And after Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and debate with them, Paul and Barnabas and some of the others were appointed to go up to Jerusalem to the apostles and the elders about this question. Acts 15:2

Brothers and sisters, “pray for me.”  There is an urgency in my mind and heart that is totally unsettling to my days and nights.  As I write this blog I cannot get a handle on how to accomplish the task I am burdened to do, but I know God will give me the vision as I seek to do His will.

Question, “What is the urgency?”

Answer, “the gospel.”

In Acts 15 the church found itself in its first deeply divided theological debate.  What was at stake was of eternal importance.  The issue, “How does a person find acceptance before God.”  The urgency, “Eternity is real and men are ever-moving toward that moment.”  The reality, “Men differ on how one can be right with God.”

  • The division was real:
    • One group said, “Salvation is by grace through faith alone.”
    • Another group said, “Salvation is by grace through faith plus works.”
  • The debate was robust:
    • One group said, “It is not necessary for men to work for their salvation (It would be impossible to achieve).”
    • Another group said, “It is absolutely necessary for men to work for their salvation (Is is impossible without it).”
  • The decision was right:
    • Both groups came to the correct decision!!!

Acts 15:11

11 But we believe that we will be saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, just as they will.”

This decision settled the issue for the church.  This decision has intensified the urgency for me.  If men are saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, then how can they be saved without knowing this is how they are to be saved!!!

This is my unsettling urgency!!!

Please join in praying for me and for every church leader to feel God’s hand and see God’s vision for where there is an urgency in need.  I want to see and hear the call of Acts 16:9 “With urgency, come over and help us!”

Father, in this Thanksgiving season, give the church a clear vision for the urgency of the gospel.  Give us a clear path to accomplish the vision!!!

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