Today's reading is from Acts 15
This is one of the most important chapters of Scripture in the entire Bible. The decision being made at this council held the potential to unleash Christianity into a force throughout the world, which it did, or it had the potential to kill the movement dead in its tracks. The decision as to whether the Gentiles would have to follow Jewish customs and Mosaic law was the issue being decided on. If they would have made the decision for the Gentiles to have to be circumcised, follow the food laws, and follow Jewish customs in order to become Christians, my guess is that the movement would not have made it very far; in fact, none of us would probably be having this discussion today.
Question: what issues today and decisions we are making as followers of Jesus could potentially be a stumbling block for other people to come into the faith? Are we creating unnecessary hoops for people to jump through or are we sharing liberally the grace that has been made available through Jesus? We have to be careful about how our decisions as people and churches can have many ripple effects.