by Daniel Rodgers

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An Unnecessary Yoke (6 of 26)
Series: The Acts of the Apostles
Volume II
Dan Rodgers
TEXT: Acts 15:1-41

INTRODUCTION: In our lesson last week, we talked about Paul's stoning at Lystra. We then turned to II Corinthians 12, where Paul goes into detail about his death and subsequent translation to heaven. When we read that passage, we are left with little doubt that Paul is referring to himself. What a trip that must have been. In
II Cor. 12:4, he said he "...was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter."

This evening's study picks up in chapter 15, with the discussion of legalism and the need for Gentile believers to be circumcised. I have three points:

I. A False Supposition
II. A Foolish Idea
III. A Forward Answer
IV. A Fiery Debate


A. That Circumcision was Necessary for
Salvation (vs. 1)
1. You will remember that circumcision was
given to Moses as a covenant sign between God and His people, Israel. In Genesis 17:12-14, we read, "And he that is eight days old shall be circumcised among you, every man child in your generations, he that is born in the house, or bought with money of any stranger, which is not of thy seed. [13] He that is born in thy house, and he that is bought with thy money, must needs be circumcised: and my covenant shall be in your flesh for an everlasting covenant. [14] And the uncircumcised man child whose flesh of his foreskin is not circumcised, that soul shall be cut off from his people; he hath broken my covenant."

a. So then, this was pretty serious stuff; but
was it now necessary for salvation? The Jews had been circumcised; so the thinking was that the gentiles must be circumcised, as well. This question raised quite a stir, which leads us to the next point...

B. That The Old Testament Law was
Relevant (vv. 2-6)

1. Because of the disagreement among the Jewish
believers, it wa ...

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