The new church is going through growing pains.  Everyone is excited and some become overzealous and began adding to the gospel message.  It confused the believers so a meeting was called by the Apostles, presbyters and in total agreement with the whole church they decided to choose representatives to be sent out by them to the outlying churches.  This would give continuity to the gospel message.

They sent out a letter with Paul and Barnabas to be read in the churches showing unity in the church and encouragement to the believers.  They did not add any burden on the people.  The only thing they stressed was not to eat meat offered to idols and to abstain from unlawful marriages.  The letter encouraged the believers.

Jesus said, “This is my commandment: love one another as I love you.  No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for his friends.”

Author: Karen Epp

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