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Should I stay or should I go now?

In this section, Paul is receiving advice from well meaning believers (21:4,12) that was directly opposite of what he thought the Lord was calling him to do (20:22; 21:13). What are the dangers associated with following the view of the majority? What are the dangers associated with ignoring the view of the majority?

Read 1 Corinthians 9:19-23 and Romans 14. How do the principles and priorities outlined in these two sections of Scripture help us understand Paul’s willingness to follow the advice of the leaders in Jerusalem? When is it appropriate to accommodate our behavior to the customs and traditions of a culture and when do we need to be uncompromising in our approach?

We often want simple solutions to the complex issues of life. For example: “Always follow the majority” or “Never follow the majority”; “Always take the hard way” or “Always take the easy way”. In Acts, we have seen Paul following the advice of others and ignoring it, avoiding conflict as well as moving toward it. What can we do to grow in wisdom and discernment as we face the complex decisions of life that don’t respond well to simple solutions and easy answers?

“A truly emancipated person is not in bondage to his emancipation!” ~F.F. Bruce
Do you agree with this quote? Why or why not?

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