- A. The Nature of the Issue (15:1–5)
- B. The Jerusalem Council (15:6–29)
- C. Return to Antioch (15:30–35)
The outreach to Gentiles by the Antioch church did not set well with certain elements in Jerusalem. The first great conflict in the Christian community emerges over how Gentiles are to be included in God's new order of being. This results in the first Christian council in Jerusalem in a.d. 48.