Back at Antioch - Acts 15:30-41

                          Back at Antioch

Acts 15: 30-41

 

I.                The Church Encouraged (vs. 30-35)

a. Leaving Jerusalem where do Paul, Barnabas and company return to? _____________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________     b. Were only select people from the church at Antioch privy to what the apostles and elders determined the Gentile believers were to do? ________________________________________________________________

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c.  What was the church’s reaction to the contents of the letter? __________________________________

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d.  Among the men who traveled from Jerusalem were Silas and Judas…  what was special about these men? _______________________________________________________________________________      e. What is happening in verse 32 “...exhorted and strengthened the brethren with many words?” _______________________________________________________________________________

f.  Does everyone who traveled from Jerusalem return to Jerusalem? _______________________________

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II.              Disagreement Over John Mark (vs. 36-39)

a. Paul suggests a return to the places they had traveled on missionary journey #1…who does Barnabas want to take? _________________________________________________________________________________

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b. What grounds did Paul have for not wanting to take John Mark? __________________________________

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c. Was this a light disagreement? __________ How do we know? __________________________________

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d. What happened as a result of this disagreement? _____________________________________________

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e. How do we know this was not a permanent rift (see 2 Tim 4:11) ____________________________________

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III.            Paul and Silas (vs. 40-41)

a. Did the disagreement derail the return to the mission field? ______________________________________  _________________________________________________________________________________

b. Did the disagreement disrupt the church’s commitment to send ALL of these men to the mission field?  _________________________________________________________________________________

c. What was the emphasis for the beginning of this second trip? ____________________________________

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IV. Application:  How is this passage an example of how disagreement in the church can occur and what are the lessons that we can learn from this? __________________________________________________________

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