Power 120. Acts Series. This evening, we are going to discuss the split which took place between Paul and Barnabas. Most people have taken the approach that this was a negative event. I look at it differently. That is why I titled this teaching: The Parting—What Really Happened.
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This evening, we are going to discuss the split which took place between Paul and Barnabas.
Acts 15:36 – After some time Paul said to Barnabas, "Let's go back and visit each city where we previously preached the word of the Lord, to see how the new believers are doing."
After all Paul and Barnabas had been through, it was natural that they go together again.
Just because it worked that way the last time, we cannot assume that it will work the next time.
Acts 13:13 – Paul and his companions then left Paphos by ship for Pamphylia, landing at the port town of Perga. There John Mark left them and returned to Jerusalem.
The issue, however, for us is that Barnabas wanted to give him a 2nd chance and Paul was not willing.
38 But Paul disagreed strongly, since John Mark had deserted them in Pamphylia and had not continued with them in their work. 39 Their disagreement was so sharp that they separated. Barnabas took John Mark with him and sailed for Cyprus.
Why was Paul so resistant to Mark coming along?
From a frontline missionary’s perspective, there may be another possibility.
What had happened right before Mark’s desertion?
Did you know that the # 1 reason missionaries leave the mission field is not being able to get along with other missionaries?
Many people look at all the Christian groups and denominations and make disparaging comments.
Can you see how their respective personalitiescontribute to their individual callings?
We are not all an eye are we?
In Romans 16, one of his last letters, we can see Paul’s love for people and the emphasis he placed on relationships.
It is also important to note that Luke does not give a commentary on this parting.
2 Timothy 4:11 – Only Luke is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, because he is helpful to me in my ministry.
This is the same Mark who had split the missionary team many years earlier.
Who is the only common denominator in Mark’s transformation?
What happened between 2 Timothy 4 and Acts 15?
40 Paul chose Silas, and as he left, the believers entrusted him to the Lord's gracious care.
Acts 15:22– Then the apostles and elders together with the whole church in Jerusalem chose delegates, and they sent them to Antioch of Syria with Paul and Barnabas to report on this decision. The men chosen were two of the church leaders—Judas (also called Barsabbas) and Silas.
Acts 15:32– Then Judas and Silas, both being prophets, spoke at length to the believers, encouraging and strengthening their faith.
Acts 16:38 – When the police reported this, the city officials were alarmed to learn that Paul and Silas were Roman citizens.
Put all those reasons together, and you can see why Silas was a great companion to Paul.
41 Then he traveled throughout Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the churches there.
Romans 15:20 – My ambition has always been to preach the Good News where the name of Christ has never been heard, rather than where a church has already been started by someone else.