Acts of the Apostles chapter 15 describes what has been called the “Council of Jerusalem.” Those first followers of Jesus had to make a big decision: was it necessary to be a Jew in order to be a follower of Jesus. There were strong feelings on both sides of the issue that prompted “no little discussion.” The process that the believers went through serves as a model for us on Christian decision making. First, they described the issues and what they were learning from experience. Next, they fitted what was happening into its proper religious and cultural context. Finally, they brought to bear the insights of Scripture which were pertinent to the decision. Then they were in a position to discern the will of God.