Church Meetings and the Word of God
The apostles and the elders were gathered together to consider this matter. Acts 15:6
St. Luke’s record “The Acts of the Apostles” is not intended to be a prescription for the Church of every age, but does describe how God was at work in the Church at that time and place. One of the significant events that is recorded in chapter 15 is the Jerusalem Council. What took place at that point so early in the Church’s history still sets for us a pattern for how we make decisions.
Here are some of the things that are noted by St. Luke that occurred at the Council.
- Gather together to hear the Word of God.
- Engage in debate about matters where there is not clear agreement.
- Report on what God is doing through His Church.
- Make decisions guided by the Word of God.
Though we are far-removed from that convening of the Church, we continue to gather for those same type of functions. Our district convention at its most basic understanding is for the purpose of being united in the Word of God and having that frame all of the reports, debates and decisions that we make,
The description we find in Acts 15 can also provide guidance to couples and families, church boards and even a national convention. When we gather for reasons apart from having our work guided and framed by the Word of God, then we have resorted to the ways of the world. However, our prayer is that all of our decisions as individuals, families and the Church would be guided by the Word of God. Conventions are short-lived, but the Word of the Lord endures forever. May that emphasis always mark our conventions!
Prayer – Almighty and gracious God, we thank You that by Your Holy Spirit, You have once again blessed and guided those who assembled in Your name that all that was done was according to Your good and gracious will and for the sake of Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Fraternally in Christ,
President Lee Hagan