Act 15 offers an insight into how the early church dealt with making major decisions. Non-Jews were becoming Christians and now Jewish Christians were divided on whether these converts should be commanded to follow Jewish customs.
They prayed, discussed, consulted Scripture, and made a decision together. This example offers a helpful approach for leaders of any church (or other organization). Jesus has called us to pray, to dialogue in community with other believers, consult His Word, and make a decision. The result?
30 So the men were sent off and went down to Antioch, where they gathered the church together and delivered the letter. 31 The people read it and were glad for its encouraging message. 32 Judas and Silas, who themselves were prophets, said much to encourage and strengthen the believers. 33 After spending some time there, they were sent off by the believers with the blessing of peace to return to those who had sent them.
When we function his way, we can take confidence that our lives and decisions honor our Lord. May we be encouraged to follow their example.
Dillon Burroughs is the author or co-author of numerous books and is handwriting a copy of the New Testament in 2011 at HolyWritProject.com. Find out more about Dillon at Facebook.com/readdB or readdB.com