For the Love of Unity:
- Avoid offending people. (Acts 15:19-29)
1 Corinthians 10:32 - - Give no offense to Jews or to Greeks or to the church of God...
Quick Test: If you answer NO, then NO, don’t do it, don’t say it, don’t post it on Facebook!
- Is this respectful towards their opinion?
- Is this motivated by love?
- Will this bring peace and encouragement?
- Celebrate Salvation. (Acts 15:30-31)
- Be an Encourager. (Acts 15:32-35)
Romans 14:1 - - As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions.
Romans 14:15 - - For if your brother is grieved by what you eat, you are no longer walking in love. By what you eat, do not destroy the one for whom Christ died.
Romans 14:19 - - So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding.
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Small Group Questions (Whole Group):
Read Acts 15:19-35
If rules don’t save (Acts 15:1-18), why did the apostles give Gentiles these 4 rules?
What are ways we as a church can ensure the Gospel of Jesus Christ remains our focal point?
What are some ways Christians can be offensive with their freedom in Christ in our day? What would you say to a fellow believer who is offending someone with their freedom?
Are there any areas where you tend to offend people and don’t care? What changes do you need to make?