THERE ARE CONFLICTS IN MINISTRY
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“And we know all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”
Q: What is God calling you to do for Him?
Three Points on Conflict:
I. The Cause of Honest Conflict
A. Honest conflicts arise from genuine concern. – L - v.36,37
Question: What was Barnabas’ and Paul’s cause of conflict?
Answer: Division over John Mark.
B. Honest conflicts arise over genuine differences. – L- v.37, 38
1. Barnabas felt the mission would be best accomplished with John Mark’s help.
2. Paul could trust John Mark. - L- v.38; L- Acts 13:13
“Barnabas” means encouragement. - L - Matthew 26:42
“Search me, O God, and know my heart. Try me and know my anxieties, and see if there is any wicked way in me. And lead me in the way everlasting.”
II. The Sad Result of Honest Conflict. – L- v.39,40
A. There was sharp contention. - L – Acts 9:26-28
B. There was the loss of each other.– L- v.39b-40
Fact: John Mark did redeem himself and Paul acknowledged it.
II Timothy 4:11
Paul writes from prison, “Only Luke is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, for he is useful to me for ministry.”
Lesson: When a believer realizes he was wrong, he needs to admit it and try to correct it.
II Timothy 2:2
Paul writes, “And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.”
III. God Turns Honest Conflict into Good. – L- v.39-41
A. A deserter was reclaimed: John Mark
B. Paul trained a great minister: Silas
C. God doubled the evangelistic teams – L- v.39b,40
Four Points of Interest
1. Ministry will bring honest conflict. - L- v.37,38
2. When you fail in ministry, some people will not give you another chance. – L- v.38
3. If God wants you in ministry, He’ll give you another chance – L- v.39
4. Sometimes change in ministry is good. - L- v.40