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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)

The Jerusalem Council (Acts 15:1-35)

The Jerusalem Council

(Acts 15:1-35)

I. The dispute (Acts 15:1-5)

    A. Background (Galatians 2:11-13)
    B. Face-to-face discussions (Acts 15:1-5; Galatians 2:1-2, 14-16)

II. The defense (Acts 15:6-18)

    A. Peter (Acts 15:6-11; 10:34-35)
    B. Paul and Barnabas (Acts 15:12)
    C. James (Acts 15:13-18; Amos 9:11-12)

III. The declaration (Acts 15:19-35)

    A. Prohibitions against idol worship (Acts 15:19-21)
    B. Inspired by the Spirit (Acts 15:22-29)
    C. The purpose of the Law (Galatians 3:19, 23-29)
    D. The reaction to the letter (Acts 15:30-35)

Read the New Testament in a year, one chapter a day, five days a week

Day 39/260: Read Acts 15

Paul, along with his traveling companions, exemplified the spirit of the Great Commission. Jesus commanded, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:19-20).

Through teaching, one makes disciples for Jesus. Paul and his colleagues went all over doing this very thing, baptizing those who believed. His work did not end there, however. Paul wanted to check in on those who had been converted. He said, “Let us now go back and visit our brethren in every city where we have preached the word of the Lord, and see how they are doing.”

Our job in evangelism is not complete once a person comes up out of the water. Continual teaching is necessary. Those who decide to follow Jesus must make the commitment “to observe all things.”

Think about those that you have helped in their journey to Jesus. Have you checked on them lately? How are they doing?

Memory (Fill in the blanks)

Acts 16:33. And he took them the same hour of the night and _______________ their stripes. And immediately he and all his family were _______________.


Pray for those in whom you have planted the seed of the Word of God, and send them a note to let them know you have been thinking of them.