Dr. Oscar T. Moses
MHMBC – W.A.R. Bible Study
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
The Holy Spirit Navigating Conflict and Setting Standards for the Saints!
The Holy Spirit navigates conflict. Men came from Judea to Antioch and challenged the salvation of Gentile converts because they were not circumcised (after the manner of Moses). The word “manner” is translated in the Greek as “ethos” which is a custom or law (Lev. 12:1-3). These men felt that Paul and Barnabas should have circumcised the Gentile male converts after baptism for them to be saved. Paul and Barnabas were instructed to go back to the Mother Church in Jerusalem to confer with the apostles and elders on this matter. Some of the sect of the Pharisees who believed rose up, saying it was necessary for these Gentiles to be circumcised and keep the Law of Moses. These Pharisees were not only advocating circumcision but for keeping the entire Law of Moses.
- What did the Jews show up insisting of all new converts?
- Who resisted and why?
- Why were Paul and Barnabas sent back to the church at Jerusalem?
- What did they do on their way back?
- How did the Pharisees disagree with Paul and Barnabas?
- When the meeting was called among the leaders what did Peter talk about?
- What was the response of his listeners?
- What did Paul and Barnabas say?
- What did James say?
- What did the group agree to?
- What did the letter say?
- What was the response of the new converts?
- Why did Paul and Barnabas separate?
Group Discussion Questions
- Why is it so important to understand what God requires of Christians in the bible?
- How should Christians resolve conflict?
- How should the church respond to those who give false information?
- Who was right between Paul and Barnabas? Why?