The Great Declaration of Salvation

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Acts 15:6-22


Question: When it comes to living as a Christian, how do you smell?

Five Points Concerning Today’s Message:

I. The Jerusalem Council Met to Discuss Gentile Salvation. – L- v.6,7a

“Much disputing” indicates no one was ignored.

II.  Peter’s Great Declaration. – L- v.7b-11

A. He had shared the gospel with Gentiles. –  L- v.7b-8 Read Acts 10:44-48

1) Cornelius and his house believed Peter.

2) Cornelius and his house received the Holy Spirit. – L- v.45

3) Cornelius and his house were baptized. - L- v.48;  L- Acts 15:8

B. Peter knew Gentile hearts were changed. – L- v.8,9

C. Peter downplays the yoke of the Law. – L- v.10

Point: The Jews had 613 commandments of the Law. -  L- Matthew 11:28-30

Matthew 23:4

Jesus said, “For they bind heavy burdens hard to bear, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.”

D. Peter reminds the council of God’s grace. - L- v.11

“Grace” is unmerited favor or getting something we don’t deserve.

Question: What was Peter saying about salvation?

Answer: 1) We are either saved by the Law which depends on our                                     worthiness.


Galatians 3:10,11

“For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse; for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who does not continue in all things which are written in the book of the law, to do them.”  But that no one is justified by the law in the sight of God is evident, for the just shall live by faith.”

                 2) We are saved by grace which depends on accepting Jesus’                               worthiness.

Ephesians 2:8,9

“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is a gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.”

III. Paul and Barnabas’ Great Declaration. – L- v.12

A. Barnabas shared before Paul. – L – Acts 11:22-24

B. Barnabas recruited Paul to help disciple. – L- Acts 11:25,26

IV: James’ Great Declaration. – L- v.13-21

A. James supports Peter’s declaration. – L- v.13,14

B.  James quotes scripture. - L- v.15-17a

C. God foreknew and destinedthese things. – L- v.17c-18

D. James final conclusion. – L- v.19-21

V. The Church Council Found Common Ground. – L- v.22


Four Points of Interest

1. There’s only one way to salvation.

John 14:6

Jesus said, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life.  No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

2. Gentiles find salvation the same way Jews do.

Romans 6:23

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

3. God’s grace provides the faith to be saved.

Ephesians 2:8,9

“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is a gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.”

4. God’s salvation is available to everyone. – L- v.17

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