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New context same mission

Acts

15:22-35

New context, same Mission

Final Reflections on Leadership, Church, + the Holy Spirit


New context same mission1

I. retracing our steps

Acts 15:22-35

looking

BACK

to move

FORWARD

New context, same Mission

Final

Reflections on

Leadership, Church, + the Holy Spirit


New context same mission2

II. new year, same SPIRIT

“Being Church is a PROCESS

that requires a UNITED EFFORT,

the leading of the HOLY SPIRIT,

has room for UNIQUE CALLINGS,

and needs healthy doses of HUMILITY.”

vs 22 “Then …”

vs 25 “… to us”

vs 28 “For …”

vs 34 “But …”

Acts 15:22-35

New context, same Mission

“it seemed good …”  x4 (ESV)

Greek: δοκέω= I think, it appears, it seems

dokeό

Final

Reflections on

Leadership, Church, + the Holy Spirit

δόγμα= an opinion

dogma

εὐδοκέω= I am resolved, well pleased,

eudokeόthink it good

δόξα= honor, renown, glory, splendor,

doxathe unspoken manifestation of God


New context same mission3

vs 22  “Then it seemed good … process

Acts 15:22-35

vs 25  “… it seemed good to us, united effort

vs 28  “For it has seemed good …” Holy Spirit

vs 34  “But it seemed good …” unique callings

New context, same Mission

humility

Final

Reflections on

Leadership, Church, + the Holy Spirit


New context same mission4

III. new church, same M.O.

vs 22  “Then it seemed good … process

to the apostles and the elders,

with the whole church”

Acts 15:22-35

= meeting together

New context, same Mission

vs 25  “… it seemed good to us, united effort

having come to one accord”

= prayer + fasting

vs 28  “For it has seemed good …” Holy Spirit

Final

Reflections on

Leadership, Church, + the Holy Spirit

to the Holy Spirit and to us”

= given to the Body

vs 34  “But it seemed good …” unique callings

to Silas”

= withincommunity


New context same mission5

vs 22  “Then it seemed good … process

to the apostles and the elders, (of) meeting

with the whole church” together

Acts 15:22-35

vs 25  “… it seemed good to us, united in effort

New context, same Mission

having come to one accord” (through) prayer + fasting

vs 28  “For it has seemed good …” led by Holy Spirit

to the Holy Spirit and to us” (who is) given to the Body

vs 34  “But it seemed good …” (some with) unique callings

to Silas” within (the) community

Final

Reflections on

Leadership, Church, + the Holy Spirit


New context same mission6

IV. new context, same MISSION

vs 22  “Then it seemed good

to the apostles and the elders, with the whole church

Acts 15:22-35

to choose … from among them and send them”

= we gather and go

New context, same Mission

vs 25  “… it seemed good to us,

having come to one accord,

… who have risked their lives for the sake of Jesus Christ”

= proven commitment

vs 28  “For it has seemed good

Final

Reflections on

Leadership, Church, + the Holy Spirit

to the Holy Spirit and to us …

to lay on you no greater burden …”

= we carry the burden of others

vs 34  “But it seemed good

to Silas …

to remain there.”

= convicted + committed presence


New context same mission7

vs 22  “Then it seemed good … process

to the apostles and the elders, (of) meeting

with the whole church” together

Acts 15:22-35

to choose … from among them to choose and send them” and to send

New context, same Mission

vs 25  “… it seemed good to us, united in effort

having come to one accord” (through) prayer + fasting

… who have risked their lives (with) proven

for the sake of Jesus Christ” commitment

vs 28  “For it has seemed good …” led by Holy Spirit

to the Holy Spirit and to us” (who is) given to the Body

Final

Reflections on

Leadership, Church, + the Holy Spirit

to lay on you carrying the burdens

no greater burden …” ofothers

vs 34  “But it seemed good …” (some with) unique callings

to Silas” within (the) community

to remain there.” to be Christ’s presence to others


New context same mission8

V. Church.Leadership.HolySpirit

vs 22  “Then it seemed good to the apostles and the elders, with the whole churchto choose … from among them and send them

vs 25  “… it seemed good to us, having come to one accord … who have risked their lives for the sake of Jesus Christ

vs 28  “For it has seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us to lay on you no greater burden …

Vs 34  “But it seemed good to Silas to remain there.”

HOW ?

Acts 15:22-35

New context, same Mission

church.leadership.holyspirit

Acts 15:22-35

Final

Reflections on

Leadership, Church, + the Holy Spirit

is a process of meeting together to choose and to send, united in effort through prayer and fasting , with proven commitment, led by the Holy Spirit, who is given to the Body,carrying the burdens of others; some with unique callings in the community, to be Christ’s presence to others.

mandate

method

GRACE

mission

HEAVY doses of humility !