In this episode of Witnessing Christ from the New Testament, Jon and Molly discuss Acts 10–15.
This podcast episode covers the following:
- Acts 10–15
- Peter’s vision
- The Church grows in Antioch
- Paul and Barnabas share the good news
- The Council of Jerusalem
Key concepts in this episode include:
- How living in the new covenant changed the Church
- “God is no respecter of persons.”
- Defining what a Christian is
- How adding to Jesus results in losing grace
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Share this conversation starter with your LDS friend:
Have you ever thought about a scenario where trying to do good could actually be bad? I was thinking recently about someone who is at risk of drowning. Sometimes the lifeguard actually has to knock the person unconscious because their well-intentioned efforts to “help” can actually sabotage the rescue.
That picture came to mind when I was reading about the Council at Jerusalem (Acts 15). Some said you had to do something (circumcision) to be saved. Peter clearly taught that we’re saved by grace (15:11). Some might say, “What’s the big deal if I just add more to that?”
I’m shocked at how it effectively says to Jesus, “You’re not enough,” and once again makes our eternity dependent on us. Paul, in Galatians, said that adding to Christ results in pushing him away and losing grace (5:4). It’s like the drowning swimmer pushing the lifeguard away to their own peril.
I love that picture of the lifeguard. We need a full and complete rescue, and that’s exactly what Jesus accomplished. I would never want to get in the way and ruin it by adding to it. Jesus is enough.