What is The Acts 15 Experience?

While at a meeting recently, 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. (Google provided only four matches for “the Acts 15 experience,” 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?

Could the Acts 15 experience simply be a narrative in church unity? If so, we have a lot of work to do if we are to achieve its potential.

What do you think the Acts 15 experience is?

What do you think? Please leave a comment!