Pastor Wrinkles: House On Fire Pt. 33

The Word of God is a bridge that connects Earth with Heaven and Heaven with Earth.- Joseph Elon Lillie

The Word of God is a bridge that connects Earth with Heaven and Heaven with Earth.- Joseph Elon Lillie

Thank you to Debby and Robin who opened up spiritual conversations with me from our last class. God’s Word is powerful! When we take the time to consider it,  it always leaves us changed. If you missed out on any of our last sessions you can find them here          

Allrighty then! On to today’s discussion:

36 After some time Paul said to Barnabas, “Let’s go back and visit each city where we previously preached the word of the Lord, to see how the new believers are doing.” 37 Barnabas agreed and wanted to take along John Mark. 38 But Paul disagreed strongly, since John Mark had deserted them in Pamphylia and had not continued with them in their work.39 Their disagreement was so sharp that they separated. Barnabas took John Mark with him and sailed for Cyprus.40 Paul chose Silas, and as he left, the believers entrusted him to the Lord’s gracious care. Acts 15:36-40 NIV

Who was right in this conflict? Who was wrong? How would you have handled the conflict? What is there to learn here?


9 thoughts on “Pastor Wrinkles: House On Fire Pt. 33

  1. I believe neither of them were right meaning they both were wrong in the conflict. If Paul and Barnabas had stopped and prayed for the Lord’s guidance with this issue it probably would have been quite different. I mean Paul and Barnabas were followers of Jesus Christ they were supposed to be the examples of showing Christ’s love to the new believers on how to resolve a conflict with Christ’s love and not your emotions. Now I know that it is easier said than done when you feel (emphasis on feel) so strongly about something your emotions lead you sometimes. I really don’t know if I would have handled it any different than Barnabas because I think I would have given John Mark a second chance. On the upside if you think about it, now there were two teams going out to spread the gospel and encourage the new believers. The lesson to be learned here is to take time to pray and wait for God’s answer before you let yourself be led by your emotions. You really want to be spirit driven not soul driven. Boy, did that just sound like yesterday’s message or what?

      • I do think conflict can come from the Lord for our own good. The Lord uses what we learn in conflicts to help others we may encounter in the future with a similar conflict. I wholeheartedly believe everything happens for a reason and God knows the end to the beginning so he knows just what we need to grow closer to him. If that means a conflict then I’m sure if he introduces a conflict he will always provide a way out of it. He wants us to depend on him for all things and a lot of times when in a conflict it is our emotions that lead. He wants us to be led by him.

      • This is true I wonder though does God sometimes cause us to be conflicted with other people to show us we have to part ways with them so we can go in His direction? Do you think this conflict between Paul and Barnabus was a sign from God that He had separate ministries for them?

  2. Believers are sinners, and disagreements do arise between us. In matters concerning ministry, it is always better to find a resolution than to part ways. Paul and Barnabas could have handled this situation better, and it seems like they made up at some point (1 Cor 9:6).

    If I had to point a finger, I’d say that Paul was in the wrong. Maybe, he should have given John Mark another chance, since he wanted to go. The only way John Mark could get that second chance in this situation was for Barnabas to leave Paul.

    In 1 Cor 1:9, Paul appeals to the church that they be one and that they have no divisions among them. I think he learned a lesson from his disagreement with Barnabas, recognizing that believers are one in Christ.

    I think parting ways should be saved for when someone starts preaching or teaching a false doctrine regarding the Gospel.

    • Interesting take on this Robin. I had not thought of the fact that Paul’s teaching in Corinthians on division may have stemmed from this very experience. This is a good insight.
      We are always growing in our relationships with Christ and even Paul had his growth points. It makes us understand grace better to see it actually working out in someone’s life.
      I wonder. Do you think that God uses conflict. If so how?

      • I think God does use conflict. One way is relationships, as the Jerusalem Council resolved the questions regarding the Law and Gentile believers (as you explained last week).

        Our sinful nature is in conflict with God. It also causes conflict between believers. I think God uses conflict to change us as individuals – to help us grow and mature in Christ.

        In Romans 8:28, it says that all things work together for good for those who love God. I think that includes conflict. God can use it for good.

      • This is true Robin. Sometimes conflict helps us see the sin that still tries to reside in us. Our emontions and reactions in the midst of conflict show us areas we are doing well in and areas where we still need work. Do you think God allowed this particular conflict between Paul and Barnabus to show them it was time for them to end their mentor relationship so Paul could strike out on his own and Barnabus could move on to help someone else?

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