What is The Acts 15 Experience?

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.

Read more about the book of Acts in Dear Theophilus, Acts: 40 Devotional Insights for Today’s Church now available in e-book, paperback, and hardcover.

Peter DeHaan writes about biblical spirituality. He seeks a fresh approach to faith and following God through the lens of scripture, without the baggage of manmade traditions and practices. Read more in his blog, books, and personal weekly email updates.

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