This month we return to our study in Acts at what many consider to be the very heart of the book, the Jerusalem Council in chapter 15. This ancient deliberation of the early church that navigated Jew-Gentile relations stands as a central event in redemptive history and is absolutely relevant for the church in every age. Ultimately Acts 15 is all about determining and confessing the very heart of the Gospel. In Acts we read of the church being built up with men and women from the nations joining the body of Christ, not through external rites or obedience to Moses’ law, but through faith in Jesus as the crucified and resurrected Messiah. This is the kind of news and reality that defines a people and has everything to do with how we relate to one another as people of the crucified and risen king!