Palmer St. Podcast: Acts 15:35 – 16:5

This week we transition into Paul’s second missionary trip.  It starts with a brief controversy with Barnabas over the need to bring along John Mark.  It ends with the ministry multiplied as Mark and Barnabas go one way while Paul and Silas go another.  Timothy is then shortly added to the team.  We’ll close with a few principles for multiplying ministry.

Audio: Acts15d-16a.mp3

Notes: Acts15d-16a.pdf

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2 thoughts on “Palmer St. Podcast: Acts 15:35 – 16:5

  1. Pastor Dave… [As always, thanks for doing your weekly podcasts here.]

    Given that ‘Joseph’ was so much an encourager of the apostles that they dubbed him ‘Barnabus’… and given that he took Paul under his wing when no one else would touch him… it is hard to imagine Paul would ever want to part ways. But as you pointed out, we’re all sinful. May we never interpret our sinfulness though, as a license to ‘just agree to disagree’, and then break fellowship as a result.

    Btw, what might be said of the fact that Paul and Barnabus were ‘commissioned’ by the Church… and then apparently de-commissioned themselves? And of course the implication to us might be, are WE faithful when the Church commissions us to a particular role or task? And where’s the accountability of the commissioners… to help keep Paul & Barnabus on-track and faithful to their commission?

    Any insights re the phrase in Acts 15:40 … “commended by the brothers to the grace of the Lord”?

  2. Thanks Neil,
    No doubt the church does have a role in the accountability of those it sends out as pastors, missionaries, etc. That role can be more difficult if the person sent plays a crucial leadership role in the church.

    At Horizon Central we are actually in the process of adopting bylaws that would allow us to de-commission an ordained or licensed pastor or a commissioned servant (missionary or other person serving in a ministry role) if they remove themself from our sphere of accountability. That doesn’t mean the person is no longer gifted or called to ministry, just that they are no longer accountable to us. This could also be used in the event of some huge, unforeseen, future difference in doctrine or practice.

    Now as to Paul and Barnabas, I’m hesitant to say they were very wrong with anything they did. They seem to be such overall positive examples in Scripture. If the contention was too “sharp” (v.39) then perhaps they were wrong there, but we owe much to the results of their decisions: Mark’s growth through Barnabas, advance of the church in Asia Minor and Europe through Paul.

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