One of the great issues in this conflict was circumcision. This was not a human institution (contrast Matt.
Read more at the source: Monday: Circumcision
From the beginning, the church at Antioch consisted of both (Hellenistic) Jews and uncircumcised Gentiles ( Acts 11:19-21 , Gal. 2:11-13 ) who apparently lived in peaceful fellowship with each other. That fellowship, however, was shattered by the arrival of a group of believers from Jerusalem. Read Acts 15:1-5 .
Read more at the source: Sunday: The Point at Issue
Further Study: “During the life of Christ on earth he had sought to lead the Jews out of their exclusiveness. The conversion of the centurion and of the Syrophenician woman, were instances of his direct work outside of the acknowledged people of Israel. The time had now come for active and continued work among the Gentiles, of whom whole communities received the gospel gladly, and glorified God for the light of an intelligent faith
Read more at the source: Friday: Further Study – Paul’s First Missionary Journey
The next place Paul and Barnabas visited was Lystra, an obscure village some eighteen miles (about 29 km) southwest of Iconium. Though they spent some time there ( Acts 14:6-7 , Acts 14:15 ) , Luke reports only one story and its developments: the healing of a lame man, probably a beggar, who suffered from that malady from birth.
Read more at the source: Thursday: Lystra and Derbe