From Contention to Comfort (Acts 15:36-41)

From Contention to Comfort Acts 15:36-41

Acts 15:36-41

I. The decision (Acts 15:36)

    A. The desire to visit the churches to ensure they were sticking to the faith (Galatians 1:6-7; 1 Corinthians 1:10-11; Philippians 4:2; Acts 2:42)
    B. It is good to visit with brethren

II. The division (Acts 15:37-39a)

    A. Barnabas wanted to take Mark (Acts 12:12; 1 Peter 5:13; Colossians 4:10)
    B. Paul disagreed because of Mark’s past performance (Acts 13:13)
    C. The sharp contention (Hebrews 10:24; 1 Corinthians 13:5)

III. The destinations (Acts 15:39b-41)

    A. Paul and Silas went through Syria and Cilicia (Acts 15:23)
    B. Barnabas and Mark started in Cyprus
    C. Mark later reconciled with Paul

      1. He was a “comfort” (Colossians 4:10-11)
      2. A “fellow laborer” (Philemon 24)
      3. “He is useful to me for ministry” (1 Timothy 4:9, 11)

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