Paul could never stay in one place when there were open doors for preaching the Gospel to new people. He begins the second missionary journey encouraging many of the churches that he saw on the first journey. They needed the message that God wanted the gentiles as much as the Jews. After the Holy Spirit prevented him from going north and west in Asia Minor, Paul was led to begin preaching in Europe. On the way, he found new partners in Silas, Timothy, and Luke. He also began churches in places that we know like Philippi, Thessalonica, and Corinth. The gospel was moving forward with God’s power.
Gentiles (not) welcome - Acts 15: 1-21 - What does it take to be a Christian? It is not an idle question. The early church was divided on the place of Gentiles in what had been a Jewish church. They wrestled with how much of the Old Testament law was necessary for the gentiles and if they could be full-fledged members of the church even with such piety. We still wrestle with the question of belief and salvation. Every denomination uses a different criterion from baptism by the Holy Spirit to devotion to the pope. The text for today is the church’s attempt to solve the question of what makes a Christian.