The Apostles and Elders of the Church - Acts 15

Acts 15:1 And certain men which came down from Judaea  taught the brethren, and said, Except ye be circumcised  after the manner of Moses, ye cannot be saved. 

Acts 15:2  When therefore Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension  and disputation with them, they determined that Paul and  Barnabas, and certain other of them, should go up to  Jerusalem unto the apostles and elders about this question.  

Acts 15:3 And being brought on their way by the church, they  passed through Phenice and Samaria, declaring the  conversion of the Gentiles: and they caused great joy unto  all the brethren. 

Acts 15:4 And when they were come to  Jerusalem, they were received of the church, and of the  apostles and elders, and they declared all things that God  had done with them. 

Acts 15:5 But there rose up certain of the  sect of the Pharisees which believed, saying, That it was  needful to circumcise them, and to command them to keep  the law of Moses.  

Acts 15:6 And the apostles and elders came together for to  consider of this matter. 

Acts 15:7 And when there had been  much disputing, Peter rose up, and said unto them, Men  and brethren, ye know how that a good while ago God  made choice among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth  should hear the word of the gospel, and believe. 

Acts 15:8 And  God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving  them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us; 

Acts 15:9 And  put no difference between us and them, purifying their  hearts by faith. 

Acts 15:10 Now therefore why tempt ye God,  to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither  our fathers nor we were able to bear? 


Acts 15:11 But we  believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we  shall be saved, even as they.   

Acts 15:12 Then all the multitude kept silence, and gave  audience to Barnabas and Paul, declaring what miracles and  wonders God had wrought among the Gentiles by them.  

Acts 15:13 And after they had held their peace, James  answered, saying, Men and brethren, hearken unto me:  

Acts 15:14 Simeon hath declared how God at the first did visit  the Gentiles, to take out of them a people for his name.  

Acts 15:15 And to this agree the words of the prophets; as it is  written, 

Acts 15:16 After this I will return, and will build again  the tabernacle of David, which is fallen down; and I will  build again the ruins thereof, and I will set it up: 

Acts 15:17  That the residue of men might seek after the Lord, and all  the Gentiles, upon whom my name is called, saith the Lord,  who doeth all these things. 

Acts 15:18 Known unto God are all  his works from the beginning of the world. 

Acts 15:19  Wherefore my sentence is, that we trouble not them, which  from among the Gentiles are turned to God: 

Acts 15:20 But  that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of  idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled,  and from blood. 

Acts 15:21 For Moses of old time hath in  every city them that preach him, being read in the  synagogues every sabbath day. 

Acts 15:22 Then pleased it the  apostles and elders, with the whole church, to send chosen  men of their own company to Antioch with Paul and  Barnabas; namely, Judas surnamed 
Barsabas, and Silas,  chief men among the brethren: 

Acts 15:23 And they wrote  letters by them after this manner; The apostles and elders  and brethren send greeting unto the brethren which are of  the Gentiles in Antioch and Syria and Cilicia: 

Acts 15:24  Forasmuch as we have heard, that certain which went out  from us have troubled you with words, subverting your  souls, saying, Ye must be circumcised, and keep the law:  to whom we gave no such commandment: 

Acts 15:25 It  seemed good unto us, being assembled with one accord, to  send chosen men unto you with our beloved Barnabas and  Paul, 

Acts 15:26 Men that have hazarded their lives for the  name of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

Acts 15:27 We have sent  therefore Judas and Silas, who shall also tell you the same  things by mouth. 

Acts 15:28 For it seemed good to the Holy  Ghost, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than  these necessary things; 

Acts 15:29 That ye abstain from meats  offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled,  and from fornication: from which if ye keep yourselves, ye  shall do well. Fare ye well. 

Acts 15:30 So when they were  dismissed, they came to Antioch: and when they had  gathered the multitude together, they delivered the epistle:  

Acts 15:31 Which when they had read, they rejoiced for the  consolation. 

Acts 15:32 And Judas and Silas, being prophets  also themselves, exhorted the brethren with many words,  and confirmed them. 

Acts 15:33 And after they had tarried  there a space, they were let go in peace from the brethren  unto the apostles. 

Acts 15:34 Notwithstanding it pleased Silas  to abide there still. 

Acts 15:35 Paul also and Barnabas  continued in Antioch, teaching and preaching the word of  the Lord, with many others also.   

Acts 15:36 And some days after Paul said unto Barnabas, Let  us go again and visit our brethren in every city where we  have preached the word of the Lord, and see how they do.  

Acts 15:37 And Barnabas determined to take with them John,  whose surname was Mark. 

Acts 15:38 But Paul thought not  good to take him with them, who departed from them from  Pamphylia, and went not with them to the work. 

Acts 15:39  And the contention was so sharp between them, that they  departed asunder one from the other: and so Barnabas took  Mark, and sailed unto Cyprus; 

Acts 15:40 And Paul chose  Silas, and departed, being recommended by the brethren  unto the grace of God. 

Acts 15:41 And he went through Syria  and Cilicia, confirming the churches.  KJV