Friday, 17th Week after Pentecost

Text: Acts 15:12-21

Prayer Pointers:

To make decisions grounded in the Word

To remember Paul’s admonition to “be at peace” with others

JAMES, THE LEADER of the Jerusalem Council, makes what we might call a “compromise” decision to help both Jewish Christians still living under the Law of Moses, and Gentile Christians who may be familiar with the rhythm of Jewish life but not living according to its dictates. These points of guidance—avoid ritually unclean food, impure sexual relations, and meat from animals that have not been properly butchered—would make it possible for Jewish believers to continue in fellowship with their Gentile brothers and sisters. We can understand Paul’s admonition to bear with one another (I Cor 8) as an expression or interpretation of the Council’s decision.

Notice, too, that James leads the Council in their decision with an examination of the situation which is then interpreted in light of the Scriptures and tradition. The decision (in this case to change practice) is guided by the Spirit and welcomed by the whole Church. This model of Christian community grappling with an important issue is good for us to understand as we grapple with our own challenging decisions in our day.

May your day be grace-filled ~ Pr. Dave Brooks


Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church

824 N. Buchanan Blvd. 

Durham, NC 27701

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Mission Statement: We are called to Welcome Everyone to Walk the Way of GRACE, and walk in that way in our individual lives, in our shared life in our various communities, in our common life with our neighbors, and even to the world at large as God sends us. The Way of Grace is to: GROW with Jesus, REJOICE in God, ANSWER with hope, CARE for the neighbor, and EMBRACE community.

Vision Statement: God has a plan FOR OUR LIVES, and so we teach how to walk in the path of Jesus Christ; FOR OUR NEIGHBORHOODS, and so we work to build healthy and strong communities; FOR OUR CITY, and so we share life with our neighbors in Walltown, Trinity Park, Duke, and the Triangle; and FOR OUR WORLD, and so we go with Good News.

Core Values: Because God loves us first, we value worship rooted in Scripture and Sacraments, service to all people, and being a welcoming community that loves and forgives one another.