And when there had been much dispute, Peter rose up and said to them: "Men and brethren, you know that a good while ago God chose among us, that by my mouth the Gentiles should hear the word of the gospel and believe.
Then all the multitude kept silent and listened to Barnabas and Paul declaring how many miracles and wonders God had worked through them among the Gentiles.
And after they had become silent, James answered, saying, "Men and brethren, listen to me:
"Therefore I judge that we should not trouble those from among the Gentiles who are turning to God,
But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd.
Then He said to His disciples, "The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few.
"Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest."
1) Equipping Saints … to Work
And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus' feet and heard His word.
But He answered and said, "It is written, 'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.' "
"When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is he who received seed by the wayside.
"But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty."
2) Edifying the Body of Christ
So now, brethren, I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.
And the Lord said, "Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat.
"But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren."
3) Knowledge based Unity
Luke 18:35-36 (ESV)
35As he drew near to Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging. 36 And hearing a crowd going by, he inquired what this meant.
Luke 18:37-38 (ESV)
37 They told him, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.” 38 And he cried out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
Luke 18:39 (ESV)
39 And those who were in front rebuked him, telling him to be silent. But he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”
Luke 18:40 (ESV)
40 And Jesus stopped and commanded him to be brought to him. And when he came near, he asked him,
Luke 18:41-42 (ESV)
41 “What do you want me to do for you?” He said, “Lord, let me recover my sight.” 42 And Jesus said to him, “Recover your sight; your faith has made you well.”
Luke 18:43 (ESV)
43 And immediately he recovered his sight and followed him, glorifying God. And all the people, when they saw it, gave praise to God.
2Timothy 2:20 (ESV)
Now in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver but also of wood and clay, some for honorable use, some for dishonorable.
2Timothy 2:21 (ESV)
Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work.
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