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Chasing Unity

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This week Pastor Dennis Allan talked through Acts 15:1-21 (NIV), a passage frequently referred to as “the Jerusalem Council.” It’s a story about differing factions within the new Jesus-movement believing they know best how to honor God and do life together. There’s a conservative, Jewish-Christian group that is demanding loyalty to Jewish customs and rituals for both Jew and Gentile. And, there are Gentile-Christians who want to follow Jesus and be part of the church, but not be required to become Jewish to do so. A significant argument occurs, a meeting of the Jerusalem and Antioch church leaders is scheduled, and together everyone seeks the Spirit’s guiding for how to move forward. And where does the Spirit lead? Toward unity, not uniformity.