Friday, October 21, 2016

Acts 15:2 (KJV) Lessons from Contention

Acts 15:2 (KJV)
When therefore Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and disputation with them, they determined that Paul and Barnabas, and certain other of them, should go up to Jerusalem unto the apostles and elders about this question.
This chapter begins and ends with contention and dissension within the ranks of the church. Those who troubled Antioch had come out from the church in Jerusalem. The final contention involved Mark, a young minister of the Word, and caused a permanent rift between Paul and Barnabas
  • Though a decision was agreed upon about the troublers, it did not prevent them from continued troubling. 
  • Though Paul And Mark were reconciled, no evidence is provided that the same took place between Paul and Barnabas
It is worth noting that Paul and Silas left with the church’s commendation but Barnabas and Mark left without it.
Lessons to be observed are:
Contention will happen.It doesn’t mean we have lost God’s blessing. Move on for God
Answers come through the multitude of counselors.We are usually too emotionally affected to see clearly to make good choices on our own.
Some disputes just won’t get settled.The sinfulness of man is active. Just count on it that you won’t resolve everything.
Always be prepared to forgive.Sometimes it’s years later when a resolution happens.
Make sure whatever side you come out on, you have the approval of your church.It’s not perfect but God yoked you with it on purpose. Don’t ever leave without that approval. If you can’t get it, cheerfully stay and serve where you are.

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Acts 15:2 (KJV) Lessons from Contention

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