What is The Acts 15 Experience?
At a meeting, someone mentioned “the Acts 15 experience.” Everyone else seemed to comprehend the reference, so I chose to not interrupt by asking for an explanation.
Since then I’ve read Acts 15 and searched online for answers. (An online search provided only a handful of matches, which weren’t helpful.)
As I contemplate this, I’ve come up with some working ideas of what the Acts 15 experience might be:
1) To encouragement to seek consensus
2) An embrace of people from different ethnic groups and cultures
3) A warning to not place requirements on people that God didn’t intend
I wonder if all three might be correct understandings of what this phrase means. But if so, what is the composite message? What is a concise summary?
How about: to agree (consensus) to accept everyone (embrace all people) without loading them down with manmade expectations (requirements God didn’t intend).
Could this simply be a narrative for church unity? If so, we have a lot of work to do if we are to achieve its potential.
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Peter DeHaan writes about biblical spirituality, often with a postmodern slant. He seeks a fresh approach to faith and following God through the lens of scripture, without the baggage of made-up traditions and meaningless practices. Read more in his books, blog, and weekly email updates.