"Acts 15 is also vital to our study of patterns of contextualization in the New Testament church. In the first place, it describes a decisive moment in the encounter between faith in Christ and culture within the life of the early church, which helps to give the task of incarnating the gospel a historical and theological basis. Second, it offers perhaps the fullest and most significant narrative in the New Testament of the process of doing contextual theology by the church. This makes Acts 15 worthy of our careful attention.”
Dean Flemming, Contextualization in the New Testament: Patterns for Theology and Mission (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2005), 43.