April 2, 2017 – Acts: Conflict Happens and so can Resolution

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Preached by Rod Benner (00:59)

When people gather together, conflict happens.  Even a happy group of people with similar ideas will encounter conflict.  If we don’t respond to it with Godly wisdom, the conflict can quickly explode into a bigger mess.

The Apostle Paul and his missionary partner Barnabas agreed to go back to the churches they both started and check on the Christians.  This was a good plan and both we eager to go.  Barnabas also wanted to bring along with them another partner, John Mark.  Enter the conflict.

John Mark started with them on the first missionary journey but soon dropped out for unknown reasons.  Whatever the reasons were, Paul did not want to John Mark to come along with him and Barnabas.  Barnabas did.  So great was the disagreement between Paul and Barnabas, they parted ways.  The good idea of visiting churches was torn apart by a little disagreement between two godly, Spirit-filled men.

Know that conflict will happen and know how to respond to it.

Scripture Reference: Acts 15:36-41; Colossians 4:10; 2 Timothy 4:11

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