It seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us not to burden you with anything beyond the following requirements: You are to abstain from food sacrificed to idols, from blood, from the meat of strangled animals and from sexual immorality. You will do well to avoid these things. Farewell.
– Acts 15:28-29 (NIV)
by Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, GraceNYC.org
When faced with Gentiles coming to know Jesus Christ, the Jewish council in Jerusalem instructed the Gentile believers in Antioch with only a few things. These requirements are simple, yet very effective, for the Antioch believers grew into a powerful multi ethnic community that sent missionaries all over the world. How about us today? What self imposed requirements hinder our ability to empower leaders to go out and impact our world for Jesus?