Barnabas and His Contention

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"And some days after Paul said unto Barnabas, Let us go again and visit our brethren in every city where we have preached the word of the Lord, and see how they do. And Barnabas determined to take with them John, whose surname was Mark. But Paul thought not good to take him with them, who departed from them from Pamphylia, and went not with them to the work. And the contention was so sharp between them, that they departed asunder one from the other: and so Barnabas took Mark, and sailed unto Cyprus; And Paul chose Silas, and departed, being recommended by the brethren unto the grace of God. And he went through Syria and Cilicia, confirming the churches." Acts 15:36-41

Acts 15:36 Desire of Paul
Acts 15:37 Determination of Barnabas
Acts 15:38 Dispute over Mark
Acts 15:39 Departure to Cyprus
Acts 15:40 Decision of the Brethren
Acts 15:41 Direction for the Mission

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Thanks brother. Never realised the decision of the brethren before this. What are your thoughts on this? Does that indicate that Paul made the right decision? Would that mean Barnabas didn't?

July 15, 2013 at 11:36 AM

I am of the opinion that Paul made the right decision. Notice in this chapter Judas and Silas moved with the authority from the assembly at Jerusalem. It was not recorded that Barnabas and Mark left with the commendation from Antioch. Hence, with some certainty, I concluded that Paul was right, though I believe he could have dealt with Barnabas and Mark in a better spirit.

July 18, 2013 at 4:02 PM

Thanks for the clarification brother. Much appreciated. :)

July 19, 2013 at 10:47 AM

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