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Monday through Friday with People of Faith: Day 260/260: Mark

Read Acts 13:5, 13; 15:36-41; 2 Timothy 4:11


We don’t know what happened. Mark, called John in Acts 13, went with Paul and Barnabas on their first missionary journey initially, but something happened. Perhaps he was homesick, or maybe he was frightened by persecution, or it could be that he was simply overwhelmed by what he witnessed. So, he went home to Jerusalem.

Later, when it was time to go out again, Barnabas suggested giving Mark a second chance. Paul disagreed. “Then the contention became so sharp that they parted from one another” (Acts 15:39). The superstar team of Paul and Barnabas split up.

Does any of this sound familiar? You were gung-ho to do something, but it wasn’t quite what you expected, so you gave up. You quit. But then, after quitting, you regretted it and wanted to try again. Who supported you in your second effort? Who encouraged you and stood by you and stood up for you? Who stood against you?

Do you have strained relationships because of past poor judgment? How can you restore such relationships? It takes effort, and it takes time, and it takes patience. Don’t give up on the person who gave up on you. Maybe, like Paul, they will come to see you in a different light.

When Paul was nearing the end of his life, writing a letter to Timothy from prison, he told the young evangelist, “Get Mark and bring him with you, for he is useful to me for ministry” (2 Timothy 4:11).

The one who had “departed from them in Pamphylia, and had not gone with them to the work” (Acts 15:38) was now “useful to me for ministry.” Perhaps Paul witnessed Mark’s improved performance when he teamed up with Barnabas and went a different direction, or perhaps Paul simply had a moment of weakness himself in Acts 15. Whatever the case, his opinion of Mark changed over time, and he was willing to work with him again.

If you are willing to repent of your past sins and commit to serving God, you can be useful as well. It does not matter what you did yesterday. What matters is what you do today.

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.