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The Council of Jersualem

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Lauren Radcliffe

on 14 May 2015

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Transcript of The Council of Jersualem

In verses 7-11, the apostle Peter spoke of his ministry with the Gentiles, focusing on the fact that the Holy Spirit was given to uncircumcised Gentiles in the same manner it was given to the apostles and Jewish believers on Pentecost. James, who had become a leader of the church in Jerusalem, agreed with Peter.
WHO or WHAT the person or event?
WHAT happened in the event or WHAT happened as a result of the actions of the person ?
The Jerusalem Council concluded to give four rules that Gentile Christians should live by, which were not rules they must follow in order to be saved, but were rules that were to build harmony between Jewish and Gentile Christians in the first century.

WHY might this person/event be significant for the church TODAY? will shift a little in the third time period.
WHEN did they live and their work/take place? or WHEN did the event occur?
The Council of Jerusalem occurred in about 50 CE.
By: Sarah Podetti, Lauren Radcliffe and Abaigh Brooks.
The Council OF Jerusalem
The decision of the Council was a vital event that marked the break between the Christianity and Jewish faith. The Christian faith would be subsequently represented and preached in a variety of traditions. However there are groups still teaching that Christians must obey the Old Testament Law, and declare observance of the Law is required for salvation.
The Council of Jerusalem was a conference in 50CE - a gathering of Apostles and Christian leaders in the Holy City - in which it was ruled that Gentile Christians no longer had to observe Jewish Law.

The Gentile Christians broke out of Jewish tradition, deciding to reach out to every human being - irrespective of their race, cultural background, or the language they spoke. The Break between Christianity and the Jewish faith.
Around the year 48 an issue arose in Antioch concerning the circumcision of non-Jew. Many early followers of Jesus believed that “Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved. It is necessary to circumcise them and to order them to keep the Law of Moses.”
The Jewish Christians who believed this taught that Gentiles had to observe the Mosaic Law and Jewish customs in order to be saved. Since this teaching was contradictory to the fact that salvation was achieved through grace and faith, the apostles and church leaders held the first Christian council to settle the issue.
The four rules the Jerusalem Council decided upon were: Gentile Christians should abstain from food polluted by idols, sexual immorality, the meat of strangled animals, and blood. These instructions were to promote peace within the early church. Circumcision was not required for Gentiles.
Thank You!
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