E-Free Church - Gaylord Campus
Divide and Conquer
We will study the life and ministry of the Apostle Paul. We will start when he was first mentioned in the book of Acts and follow him through his first missionary journey. Paul, the guy who was the terrorist becomes one of the greatest teachers in the history of the church.
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  • E-Free Church - Gaylord Campus
    1649 M-32, Gaylord, MI 49735, USA
    Sunday 5:00 AM

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The CONSOLATION at Antioch (v30-35)

The reading of the LETTER (v30-31)

Paul, Barnabas, Judas and Silas travel to Antioch and read the letter to the church from the Apostles and leaders in Jerusalem

The result was that the church at Antioch was very encouraged

The preaching of the LEADERS (v32-35)

Judas and Silas encouraged the church through their preaching and then Judas returned to Jerusalem Silas remained in Antioch

Paul and Barnabas continued to minister in Antioch
The CONFRONTATION at Antioch (v36-38) (v39-40)

The PLAN involved (v36)

After many days had passed Paul and Barnabas begin to plan their second missionary journey

The purpose of the trip would be to revisit the churches they started on their first journey to see how they were doing

The PROBLEM involved (v37-38)

Barnabas wanted to take John Mark but Paul was not in favor of taking Mark

JOHN MARK was Barnabas’ cousin (Colossians 4:12) and had deserted them in the midst of their first journey (Acts 13:13)

SHARP DISAGREEMENT - This conflict resulted in a sharp disagreement between Paul and Barnabas

The Greek tense shows that this was a persistent desire of Barnabas (v27) and Paul (v38) in communicating their side

“Sharp disagreement” is where we get our English word “paroxysm” describing a violent expression of an emotion

The PAIRING involved (v39-40)

Barnabas took Mark and sailed to the island of Cyprus (Barnabas’ hometown – Acts 4:36); This is the last time that Barnabas is mentioned in Scripture

Paul chose Silas who had remained in Antioch after coming from Jerusalem to go with him on this second journey after being commissioned by the church at Antioch
PRINCIPLES:

Conflict can arise even out of the most pure and visionary plans and among the most godly of spiritual leaders

Conflict may involve one issue but it still has multiple viewpoints and often each viewpoint has some level of validity

Barnabas Focus was on the MAN = Give Mark a second chance

Paul’s focus was on the MISSION = too important to take a risk

God can still use people who disagree with me even our division to result in His multiplication

LESSONS:

When in a disagreement, work hard to see the other person’s point of view

Zig Ziglar = “Seek first to understand, then to be understood”

When both sides have validity, seek a wise compromise

When the conflict persists, care enough to work it out rather than walk out

When conflict cannot be resolved, graciously agree to disagree without becoming disagreeable

Don’t’ allow conflict to shipwreck you spiritually! Remember that God can use even our conflicts and disagreements for His glory and to bring about His purpose

Paul would later see value in John Mark (Colossians 4:12)