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Sermons from October 2017

Paul and Barnabas Split

In this section of Acts 15, we see Paul and Barnabas decide to split up and go different ways over sharp disagreement. What did this disagreement look like? Does it give us reason to break fellowship in light of disagreements? We can look at the character of Paul and Barnabas and the background of this split and what it means, and also what it means for us as believers. We learn that this split in ministry does not mean there was a break in fellowship, and that it doesn’t mean the disagreement was in anger or sin. God used this separation to double the ministry to the church as Mark followed Barnabas and Silas followed Paul. We can learn from this situation things like each believer not being meant for the same ministry, and that we should encourage others and support them in their ministry, so long as it is a biblical ministry.

An Important Question

In Acts 15, the leaders of the early church come together to discuss and address a question that arose within the church: as a Gentile, can you turn directly to Jesus as the savior of the world? Or, must you become a Jew first to turn to Jesus? In this section of scripture, we explore the points that were discussed on why there is no need for Gentiles to become Jews (and therefore require circumcision), and why we can turn directly to Christ in faith, and not relying on any works to earn us salvation.

The Boldness of the Apostle Paul

Today we take a look at Acts 14 and what it means to speak boldly as Paul and Barnabas did in Iconium. We see how Paul left a great example for us by courageously preaching the Word, despite being persecuted, and their commitment to the truth, like we see after Paul being stoned, yet returning to continue to speak the Word. When Paul spoke, he didn’t beat around the bush either as he boldly proclaimed the gospel and taught the truth.