- Verses 14-21. Here James, the leader of the Jerusalem church, the Lord’s brother, and probably President of the Council, sums up. What judgment does he give, and for what reasons?
Do you think this would satisfy both Jew and Gentile?
- Verses 22, 23. In what ways was the decision to be made known to the gentiles, and with what results?
From the whole debate, what principles can you draw out to guide you when there is a disagreement among fellow Christians:
(a) on essentials of the faith and
(b) about non-essentials and matters of individual conscience?