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Friendships broken and made Acts 15-16. Paul and Barnabas spend time in the Home Church It is likely that they were here several years. After hearing.

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1 Friendships broken and made Acts 15-16

2 Paul and Barnabas spend time in the Home Church It is likely that they were here several years. After hearing reports from Silas and Judas, Paul and Barnabas decide they need to revisit their churches. They have probably been contacting them through letters

3 Acts 15-16 Paul had written the letter to the Galatians. This is a different letter than his others He is very angry at the Pharisees for introducing ideas of circumcision He takes these people to task He states Gospel very clearly– Galatians 3:26-29 Galatians 2:16 also states the central truth of the Gospel

4 Acts 15-16 The breakup Paul and Barnabas have been friends almost a decade John Mark is a relative of Barnabas– his nephew John Mark had left the first mission trip very early Paul was deeply unforgiving of this betrayal Barnabas was more forgiving and saw something in this young man The two part ways– not amicably

5 Acts 15-16 Paul takes Silas, the one who was a prophet and who had encouraged the Church after the James Decision Barnabas and John Mark head out on their way, They go to Cyprus and then to Asia Paul goes a different direction Notice that the original plan had been to visit the churches of the first journey

6 Acts 15-16 The Gospel will spread farther than it would have otherwise. BUT Paul lost a dear friend. He missed a chance to see Mark grow He later had to admit he was wrong– and He later found Mark to be a good servant of God (Col. 4:10; II Tim 4:11) He was profitable to me says Paul

7 Acts 15-16 Paul lost a friend for a time and a chance to mentor a young man. Paul and Barnabas seem to make up later (I Corinthians 9:6; Col 4:10) although Paul lives past Barnabas’ time– we presume this based on Paul’s mention of Mark in 2 Timothy. Paul lost his best friend and the man responsible for his role in the Church

8 Acts 15-16 The Bible considers friendship to be a central component of human life– and the life of the church The Bible speaks of friendship in many places: Moses– the friend of God James 2:23 II Sam 15:37 Prov 18:24 Acts 27:3 Philos– friend, close associate The Bible uses the words for friends more than 60 times overall


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