“Paul and Barnabas Separate” [ Acts 15:36-41 ]
Today is Friday, October 20, 2017. Today, we will be looking at a pivotal point in the journey of two giants in the faith. A an idea is brought up and a disagreement ensues. The result that comes out of this disagreement is what we will walk through together. I hope you enjoy this time with the Word and the Lord . - Mike
(Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
_ I am sure everyone can answer ‘yes’ to this question, but have you ever had a disagreement with a friend that neither of you would budge on? How did that make you feel? How did you respond to your friend? Did you let your disagreement get in the way of your friendship? How did it end?
_ How is the Lord impacting someone you are walking with (to help grow in or discover Jesus)?
Take some time to thank and praise God for who He is, to pray for those you are walking with, for the needs you/group are facing, and for the Spirit to open your heart and eyes as you read the passage, which has been completely inspired by God.
DISCOVER [ Acts 15:36-41 ]
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn? (Use these questions below each portion of text to clarify the main point)
36 And after some days Paul said to Barnabas, “Let us return and visit the brothers in every city where we proclaimed the word of the Lord, and see how they are.” 37 Now Barnabas wanted to take with them John called Mark. 38 But Paul thought best not to take with them one who had withdrawn from them in Pamphylia and had not gone with them to the work. 39 And there arose a sharp disagreement, so that they separated from each other, Barnabas took Mark with him and sailed away to Cyprus, 40 but Paul chose Silas and departed, having been commended by the brothers to the grace of the Lord. 41 And he went through Syria and Cilicia strengthening the churches.
_ In vs. 31 What does Paul say to Barnabas? What were the cities Paul was referring to?
_ In vs. 37 What does Barnabas want? Who is John Mark?
_ In vs. 38 What is Paul’s reaction to Barnabas’s request? Why?
_ In vs. 39 What happened between Paul and Barnabas? Why do you think the author used the words “sharp disagreement”? What happened after the disagreement? Where does Barnabas go? Who goes with him?
_ In vs. 40-41 Where does Paul go? Who does he choose to accompany him? What gives Silas Paul’s approval to go?
_ How does this disagreement and split between two heavy hitters of the faith turn into an advancement for the Gospel? Does their relationship seem to have been impacted?
_ What does this passage teach us about Jesus?, Power?, His Spirit?, or our calling as believers?
+ HOW am I compelled to confess sin and how does the gospel compel me to respond with a simple step of action/obedience? (Here are some thoughts to discuss in break-outs)
_ Is there an area of your life that you are being invited to be a witness? If so, where and what is your next step this week?
_ If you have had a disagreement with a friend, is there any room for reconciliation and forgiveness? How can you come out of it in a positive light?
_ Is there an area in your life where God is using a negative situation and turned into a chance to spread the Gospel more?
_ Is there a place that you are lacking power or strength? Is Jesus calling you to ask for power from the Holy Spirit through intentional prayer?
+ WHO are you walking with to discover or grow in Jesus and what is your next step with them, how can we help?