Lesson 1 Setting aside privileges which weaken me or others..

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When the task is both arduous and potentially very long, it helps to have a team, but sometimes divisions arise in the ranks, as they did in this story from Acts 15. If you do not have wise leadership, the entire task could fragment and cause long-lasting harm and conflict. Compromising on how, but keeping true to the basic principles, is not always easy, but is always the correct path.

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  Setting aside privileges which weaken me or others.                :

  Setting aside privileges which weaken me or others.                 It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor anything whereby thy brother is offended, or made weak. Romans 14:21 Character Sketches, Vol. 2 IBLP, 1978, pages 178-189 Plus various Character Councils, & other websites Lesson 1

Who Am I?:

Who Am I? In Nature… Not active at night Gentle temperament, makes a good pet Likes access to water, but spends more time on land From Scripture… Part of an early church council Dealt with a growing, divisive controversy Clarified questionable activities

The Eastern Box Turtle:

The Eastern Box Turtle Normally, they have few enemies & pull tightly into the shell, staying clamped in for hours… They usually don’t bite when captured, just withdraw, sometimes for days…

A cold-blooded life:

A cold-blooded life

A 13 minute youtube which goes into further information@ protection, rehab, care, etc.:

A 13 minute youtube which goes into further information@ protection, rehab, care, etc. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sjhMpVNFu2A

What kind of privilege do YOU have???:

What kind of privilege do YOU have??? As a parent As a Christian As a spouse As a member of your particular community, family or church…

Arbiter of internal conflict:

Arbiter of internal conflict *Man has always had the need to add to the Word or tweak it just a little *1 st Cent. Christians were no different *Christian Jews vs. Christian Gentiles… was there a difference in God’s law about these groups?

the Bishop of Jerusalem:

the Bishop of Jerusalem James, the brother of the Lord Had grown up with Jesus, evidently Joseph’s first born Probably originally thought his elder brother had… Problems Sometime around Jesus’ crucifixion came to believe He was the promised Messiah Became the Wise & Respected Head of the Council

James’ thoughtful compromise was accepted by all:

James’ thoughtful compromise was accepted by all It relieved the Gentiles from having a difficult & man-made path to Jesus It respected faith as the foundation, & opened the church to the entire world Various groups could now sit together in peace, while respecting personal differences…

Setting aside privileges…:

Setting aside privileges… We must stay true to our convictions while making sure they rest on the Grace & Treasure of Jesus the Messiah, not just traditions & man-made expectations…

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