Discuss how Peter’s encounter with Cornelius (Acts 10), the council at Jerusalem (Acts 15) and Paul’s teaching in Galatians (especially in 2:15-16 and 6:14-15) provide a solution for Gentile believers to be fully accepted by God.

For this paper, discuss how Peter’s encounter with Cornelius (Acts 10), the council at Jerusalem (Acts 15) and Paul’s teaching in Galatians (especially in 2:15-16 and 6:14-15) provide a solution for Gentile believers to be fully accepted by God. Your essay should briefly review these passages and then answer the question: Why did the Jewish Christian leaders (and the apostle Paul) agree that the Gentiles should not be required to keep the Jewish law in order to be saved? How do you explain that certain restrictions and guidelines were given by James for the Gentiles (See especially Acts 15:19-21 and the study Bible notes on p. 1985). In your view, does the ruling of the Jerusalem council contradict Paul’s teaching about being saved by grace through faith? Why or why not?Include (either as part of your discussion or in a separate paragraph) some of your own reflections on this theme: how might these issues relate to contemporary concerns about outreach and full inclusion in the church of those who are from diverse backgrounds?

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