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Published / updated: 19 August 2006 | Author: Dele Oke

Acts chapter 15 - questions for discussion

  1. Why was circumcision an issue?
    Acts 15:1-2; Leviticus 12:13
  2. What was wrong with the teaching on circumcision that some people were teaching?
    Acts 15:1-2

  3. What practical steps were taken by the church to sort out the disagreements over circumcision?
    Acts 15:2
  4. What does this teach us about solving disagreements - among ourselves, within the church or between leaders? Acts 15:5-35

  5. The Jewish culture helped contribute to the misunderstanding about circumcision (Exodus 4:18-29). How can our culture (and understanding of life) affect the way we interpret the Bible?
  6. How can we guard against ?reading our culture into the bible??
  7. The disagreement within the church was doctrinal (15:1), Barnabas and Paul?s falling out became very emotional (15:36-41). Why is it hard to settle disagreements when they become very emotional? What is the best way to deal with them?
  8. Share some of the things you have gained from this study?