Acts 15: Freed from the Law & 10 Commandments

Acts 15:1-5

Certain men taught that it was necessary to be circumcised and keep the law of Moses.

Acts 15:1-5 - NKJV
1
And certain men came down from Judea and taught the brethren, "Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved."
2
Therefore, when Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and dispute with them, they determined that Paul and Barnabas and certain others of them should go up to Jerusalem, to the apostles and elders, about this question.
3
So, being sent on their way by the church, they passed through Phoenicia and Samaria, describing the conversion of the Gentiles; and they caused great joy to all the brethren.
4
And when they had come to Jerusalem, they were received by the church and the apostles and the elders; and they reported all things that God had done with them.
5
But some of the sect of the Pharisees who believed rose up, saying, "It is necessary to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the law of Moses."

  1. What did certain men teach the brethren, that they must do to be saved?  
    Acts 15:1 - NKJV
    And certain men came down from Judea and taught the brethren, "Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved."
  2. When Paul and Barnabas had dissension and disputed with them, where was it determined that Paul and Barnabus would go with this question?  
    Acts 15:2 - NKJV
    Therefore, when Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and dispute with them, they determined that Paul and Barnabas and certain others of them should go up to Jerusalem, to the apostles and elders, about this question.
  3. What brought great joy to the brethren in Phoenicia and Samaria?  
    Acts 15:3 - NKJV
    So, being sent on their way by the church, they passed through Phoenicia and Samaria, describing the conversion of the Gentiles; and they caused great joy to all the brethren.
  4. What did Paul and Barnabus report to the church in Jerusalem?  
    Acts 15:4 - NKJV
    And when they had come to Jerusalem, they were received by the church and the apostles and the elders; and they reported all things that God had done with them.
  5. What two things did some of the sect of the Pharisees say that the Gentiles must do to be saved?  
    Acts 15:5 - NKJV
    But some of the sect of the Pharisees who believed rose up, saying, "It is necessary to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the law of Moses."

Acts 15:6-11

Peter said, "Why do you test God by putting a yoke on the neck of the disciples which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear?"

Acts 15:6-11 - NKJV
6
Now the apostles and elders came together to consider this matter.
7
And when there had been much dispute, Peter rose up and said to them: "Men and brethren, you know that a good while ago God chose among us, that by my mouth the Gentiles should hear the word of the gospel and believe.
8
"So God, who knows the heart, acknowledged them by giving them the Holy Spirit, just as He did to us,
9
"and made no distinction between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.
10
"Now therefore, why do you test God by putting a yoke on the neck of the disciples which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear?
11
"But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved in the same manner as they."

  1. Who came together to consider this matter?  
    Acts 15:6 - NKJV
    Now the apostles and elders came together to consider this matter.
  2. After they had much dispute, what did Peter say?  
    Acts 15:7 - NKJV
    And when there had been much dispute, Peter rose up and said to them: "Men and brethren, you know that a good while ago God chose among us, that by my mouth the Gentiles should hear the word of the gospel and believe.
  3. How did God not show distinction between the Gentiles and the Jews?  
    Acts 15:8-9 - NKJV
    8
    "So God, who knows the heart, acknowledged them by giving them the Holy Spirit, just as He did to us,
    9
    "and made no distinction between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.
  4. What did Peter say that neither they, nor the fathers, were able to bear?  
    Acts 15:10 - NKJV
    "Now therefore, why do you test God by putting a yoke on the neck of the disciples which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear?
  5. How were they and the Gentiles saved?
    Acts 15:11 - NKJV
    "But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved in the same manner as they."

Acts 15:12-21 

The Gentiles are turned to God should abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood.

Acts 15:12-21 - NKJV
12
Then all the multitude kept silent and listened to Barnabas and Paul declaring how many miracles and wonders God had worked through them among the Gentiles.
13
And after they had become silent, James answered, saying, "Men and brethren, listen to me:
14
"Simon has declared how God at the first visited the Gentiles to take out of them a people for His name.
15
"And with this the words of the prophets agree, just as it is written:
16
'After this I will return And will rebuild the tabernacle of David, which has fallen down; I will rebuild its ruins, And I will set it up;
17
So that the rest of mankind may seek the LORD, Even all the Gentiles who are called by My name, Says the LORD who does all these things.'
18
"Known to God from eternity are all His works.
19
"Therefore I judge that we should not trouble those from among the Gentiles who are turning to God,
20
"but that we write to them to abstain from things polluted by idols, from sexual immorality, from things strangled, and from blood.
21
"For Moses has had throughout many generations those who preach him in every city, being read in the synagogues every Sabbath."

  1. What did Barnabas and Paul declare to the multitude?  
    Acts 15:12 - NKJV
    Then all the multitude kept silent and listened to Barnabas and Paul declaring how many miracles and wonders God had worked through them among the Gentiles.
  2. What did James say about Simons words?  
    Acts 15:13 - NKJV
    And after they had become silent, James answered, saying, "Men and brethren, listen to me:

  3. What four requiremnets did James declare for the Gentiles to keep?  
    Acts 15:14 - NKJV
    "Simon has declared how God at the first visited the Gentiles to take out of them a people for His name.

  4. Where did he say that Moses (The Law) was preached every Sabbath?  
    Acts 15:15 - NKJV
    "And with this the words of the prophets agree, just as it is written:

Acts 15:22-29

Certain who went out from us have troubled you with words, unsettling your souls, saying, You must be circumcised and keep the law; to whom we gave no such commandment.

Acts 15:22-29 - NKJV
22
Then it pleased the apostles and elders, with the whole church, to send chosen men of their own company to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas, namely, Judas who was also named Barsabas, and Silas, leading men among the brethren.
23
They wrote this letter by them: The apostles, the elders, and the brethren, To the brethren who are of the Gentiles in Antioch, Syria, and Cilicia: Greetings.
24
Since we have heard that some who went out from us have troubled you with words, unsettling your souls, saying, "You must be circumcised and keep the law"; to whom we gave no such commandment;
25
it seemed good to us, being assembled with one accord, to send chosen men to you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul,
26
men who have risked their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
27
We have therefore sent Judas and Silas, who will also report the same things by word of mouth.
28
For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things:
29
that you abstain from things offered to idols, from blood, from things strangled, and from sexual immorality. If you keep yourselves from these, you will do well. Farewell.

  1. Because of James decree, what were the apostles and elders pleased to do?  
    Acts 15:22 - NKJV
    Then it pleased the apostles and elders, with the whole church, to send chosen men of their own company to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas, namely, Judas who was also named Barsabas, and Silas, leading men among the brethren.
  2. Who did they send this letter to?  
    Acts 15:23 - NKJV
    They wrote this letter by them: The apostles, the elders, and the brethren, To the brethren who are of the Gentiles in Antioch, Syria, and Cilicia: Greetings.
  3. What troubling words had not been sent by James and the elders?  
    Acts 15:24 - NKJV
    Since we have heard that some who went out from us have troubled you with words, unsettling your souls, saying, "You must be circumcised and keep the law"; to whom we gave no such commandment;
  4. Who did they send this letter with?  
    Acts 15:25 - NKJV
    it seemed good to us, being assembled with one accord, to send chosen men to you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul,

  5. What did the letter say that Gentiles must do?  
    Acts 15:26 - NKJV
    men who have risked their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.