Greetings to all. I’ve been away for a while, but am back to continue speaking about the lines of authority in the early church, which were clearly visible in the book of Acts. We’ve examined Acts 1 – 10 and I continue today in the same light.

Acts 11

Following Cornelius’ conversion, Peter experienced friction with the Jewish believers who taught that one needed to be circumcised to be saved. Peter’s testimony effectively silenced them on the issue

Acts 13

The prophets and teachers who were the elders in the Antioch church were used to confirm Paul’s ministry to the Gentiles as well as Barnabas’ call to this ministry. Paul knew already from the Lord about this ministry, but this example serves to let us know that the Lord will reveal and confirm ministry assignments of the believers when the elders in the body take the time out to seek Him. This helps to create order in the church and directs the leadership in the areas that the church as well as its individual members should follow. No confusion here!

Paul also stood out as a leader in the preaching of the word.

Acts 14

Paul and Barnabas stood out as overseers of the churches that they had helped to start by confirming and exhorting the brethren and also by ordaining elders to feed the flock (v 23)

Acts 15

Paul and Barnabas stood out among the elders by defending the truth of the gospel against the false teachers who came down from Jerusalem to Antioch. They went up to Jerusalem to gain a conclusion on the issue and Peter and James stood out to speak the wisdom of God on behalf of the gentiles. In this chapter, we see the linkages between the Gentile and Jewish churches. actually, there was one church, but many of the Jews did not have the grace to receive the gentiles as brethren in much the same way that churches can be divided along lines of color, race and political affiliations in some extreme cases.

More to come next time