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Acts 11 Bible Study: Peter Defends God’s Grace...

Good evening, my brothers and sisters in Christ.


Summary: Acts 11 Study


Jared led a Bible study session focused on Acts Chapters 11 and 15, discussing the conflict within the Jewish Christian community regarding the importance of circumcision for salvation. He also shared Peter’s vision in Acts Chapter 10 and the role of Barnabas in spreading the gospel to Gentiles in Antioch. The meeting primarily focused on discussing the early Church and its expansion to the Gentiles, emphasizing the teachings on communal and collective practices within the early Christian church.


Acts Chapter 11 Bible Study Session

Jared led a Bible study session on Acts Chapter 11. The discussion focused on the apostles' journey to Jerusalem, Simon's defense of God's grace, and the Gentile churches in Antioch. Jared also referenced the controversy within the Jewish Christian community about their stance on circumcision as essential for salvation, as outlined in Acts Chapter 15 and Galatians Chapter 2. Despite his exhaustion, Jared detailed the conflict between Jewish Christians who insisted on the observance of the Old Testament law and those who advocated for separation from the Gentiles, and Peter, who was trying to show everyone that there is no partiality with God.


Acts 10 and 9 Discussion: A Vision and a Mission

Jared discussed Peter’s vision in Acts chapter 10, describing a descending object with four corners and a voice telling him to rise. He also referenced Acts chapter 9, explaining how the Lord directed Ananias to go to Damascus to meet Saul, a man who had caused harm to the saints in Jerusalem. Jared concluded that Saul was chosen to bear the Lord's name before Gentiles, kings, and the children of Israel.


Early Church Expansion and Prophecy

The meeting primarily discussed the early Church and its expansion to the Gentiles, as described in Acts 11 and 15. Jared emphasized the role of Barnabas in spreading the gospel to Gentiles in Antioch and how this led to some conflict within the early Christian community. He also pointed out the significance of the term "Christian" being first used in Antioch, symbolizing the fulfillment of Christ's command to spread the gospel among the Gentiles. Jared further discussed the role of prophecy in the early Church, explaining that prophets were Christian believers with the gift of prophecy. Towards the end, Jared mentioned the sending of relief to the brethren in Judea by the Church in Antioch.


Significance of Acts in Early Christian Community

Jared discussed the significance of the Book of Acts, emphasizing its teachings on communal and collective practices within the early Christian church. He highlighted giving according to one's ability and establishing deacons and elders within the church structure. He also underscored the importance of accepting all individuals, regardless of their background, into the church community. The discussion concluded with Jared expressing his hope to continue studying Acts and encouraging others to do the same.


In Christ, ❤️ love Jared W. Campbell




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