After Paul and Barnabas returned from their first travels, some came from Judea to Antioch and taught the brethren that to be saved one must be circumcised according to the custom of Moses. Paul and Barnabas disputed that and determined to go to Jerusalem to discuss it with the apostles and elders there. The brethren there respected the inspired message that Christians need not be circumcised and determined to send a letter to Gentiles telling them that they needed to observe God’s moral laws but they did not need to obey the Law of Moses. Paul and Barnabas returned to Antioch. Barnabas wanted to take John Mark and Paul resisted. So Barnabas went to Cyprus and Paul chose Silas to go with him back to Asia.
- Converted Pharisees from Jerusalem (15:1,5)
- Paul and Barnabas
- Peter and James
- John Mark
Went to Jerusalem
Subject of contention between Paul and Barnabas
Chosen to travel with Paul
- Syria and Cilicia
Where Jewish teachers came to require Christians to be circumcised
Where Paul and Barnabas went to talk to the apostles and elders
Where Paul and Silas went to continue spreading the gospel
The decision was based on the acts of God and upon Scripture, not from a vote of fallible men
Christians are not required to keep the laws and traditions of the Law of Moses.
We should not engage in idolatry, sexual immorality, or eating things strangled and blood.