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Monday, June 02, 2008
In our last visit we looked at Acts, chapter 15. The focus of this chapter
was presented as decision-making.
This focus was amplified by pointing out that initially
there was a dispute or a debate that was raging. When they got together,
discussion was allowed. Then a few leaders with experience were asked to
describe what they had experienced in the trenches.
After this the one in charge exercised discernment by
showing how what was described corresponded to what had been said in the Word of
God. He was able, because of his discernment and sensitivity, to formulate
a decision and lead the participants to a decision.
Once that decision was made and actually put into
writing, they delivered the decision to the people who would be affected by it.
These steps – debate, discussion, description and
discernment - would help churches and other groups come to a point where they
could make decisions that would seem good to them as well as to the Holy Spirit.
Once a decision is made it needs to be delivered to all affected by it.
Allow for discussion, find individuals who can describe
from experience what they’ve gone through and what they feel God might be doing
in a given circumstance. Then be sure to pray that God would raise up a
leader who has the discernment to see what God says in His Word about what was
discussed and described so that a decision can be made that can be agreed upon
and delivered to others.
If you follow these guidelines I believe you will make
decisions that will please God and be able to further the cause of Christ.