"Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us…" -Ephesians 5:1-2
"For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. " - 1 Corinthians 1:18

Acts 15, the council at Jerusalem

As in recent weeks, our Pastor, Elder Jonathan Cook, continued his teaching from the Book of Acts. This time his sermon was focused on Chapter 15:1-17, with support from Leviticus 12:3, Galatians 1:6-10, 2:1-14 and 3:24-29, Luke 11:39-54, 1st Peter 5:7, and various other scriptures. His showed how some in the early church began teaching that the act of physical circumcision was a requirement for eternal salvation – – in essence, trying to force new gentile believers back under the very law from which the Jews and gentiles alike had been set free. Additionally Elder Cook also emphasized that it is important to view these scriptures along with the first few chapters of the Book of Galatians. Gods grace is totally a work of God and thus eternal salvation is as well. Man can contribute nothing of his own to Gods grace to obtain eternal life, nor can he be required to do so and it still be by Gods grace. Grace plus anything else is no longer grace and thus becomes a perversion of the true gospel. This is the very doctrine over which the Apostle Paul withstood the Apostle Peter. The early church was constantly under attack by Satan’s subtle but persistent efforts to use false teachers to distort the gospel of grace, and claim for themselves the glory that rightly belongs to God, and God alone, and that attack continues to this day. Elder Cook also strongly encouraged us all to read carefully Chapters 7 and 8 in the Book of Romans to fully understand the bondage of the law that we have been set free from, by the grace of God.

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