Paul and Barnabas Separate


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Acts 15:36-41

Second Missionary Journey

36 After some days Paul said to Barnabas, “Let us return and visit the brethren in every city in which we proclaimed the word of the Lord, and see how they are.” 37 Barnabas wanted to take John, called Mark, along with them also. 38 But Paul kept insisting that they should not take him along who had deserted them [a]in Pamphylia and had not gone with them to the work. 39 And there occurred such a sharp disagreement that they separated from one another, and Barnabas took Mark with him and sailed away to Cyprus. 40 But Paul chose Silas and left, being committed by the brethren to the grace of the Lord. 41 And he was traveling through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the churches.


Discussion Questions

July 28th, 2019

1. Paul and Barnabas appear as mature, godly Christian leaders, yet they had a “sharp disagreement” (verse 39) over taking John Mark (who had deserted them on a previous mission trip—see Acts 13:13). WHAT DO YOU SEE AS A POSSIBLY GOOD THING RESULTING FROM THIS UNFORTUNATE INCIDENT? Compare verses 39 and 41; and see II Timothy 4:11.

2. Fast forward to our day—SHOULD CHRISTIAN LEADERS WHO FAIL BE RETURNED TO SERVICE—IF SO, WHEN? RETURNED TO LEADERSHIP—IF SO, WHEN? See Galatians 6:1-10 and I Timothy 5:19-22.

3. For your deeper thinking—HOW DO YOU DISTINGUISH BETWEEN IMMATURE DECISIONS/BEHAVIORS AND SINFUL ACTIONS? WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT?