36 And after some days Paul said to Barnabas, “Let us return and visit the brothers in every city where we proclaimed the word of the Lord, and see how they are.” 37 Now Barnabas wanted to take with them John called Mark. 38 But Paul thought best not to take with them one who had withdrawn from them in Pamphylia and had not gone with them to the work. 39 And there arose a sharp disagreement, so that they separated from each other. Barnabas took Mark with him and sailed away to Cyprus, 40 but Paul chose Silas and departed, having been commended by the brothers to the grace of the Lord. 41 And he went through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the churches.
A failure to be of one mind, which should be avoided whenever possible within the church, the family and other areas of everyday life. Christians are urged to maintain the unity of the church and avoid damaging division.
As we “Discover the Church” it is evident that Disagreements can occur.
We learn from Paul and Barnabas that Disagreements do not have to become the basis for division.
Let’s begin by talking about “Disagreement within the Church...
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And they came to Capernaum. And when he was in the house he asked them, “What were you discussing on the way?” But they kept silent, for on the way they had argued with one another about who was the greatest.
Or is it only Barnabas and I who have no right to refrain from working for a living?
And after some days Paul said to Barnabas, “Let us return and visit the brothers in every city where we proclaimed the word of the Lord, and see how they are.” Now Barnabas wanted to take with them John called Mark. But Paul thought best not to take with them one who had withdrawn from them in Pamphylia and had not gone with them to the work. And there arose a sharp disagreement, so that they separated from each other. Barnabas took Mark with him and sailed away to Cyprus, but Paul chose Silas and departed, having been commended by the brothers to the grace of the Lord.
Luke alone is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, for he is very useful to me for ministry.
For it has been reported to me by Chloe’s people that there is quarreling among you, my brothers. What I mean is that each one of you says, “I follow Paul,” or “I follow Apollos,” or “I follow Cephas,” or “I follow Christ.”
for you are still of the flesh. For while there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not of the flesh and behaving only in a human way? For when one says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos,” are you not being merely human?
For I fear that perhaps when I come I may find you not as I wish, and that you may find me not as you wish—that perhaps there may be quarreling, jealousy, anger, hostility, slander, gossip, conceit, and disorder.
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Whether our disagreements are based on personality or doctrine we are encouraged to pursue unity and not destructive division.
Disagreements are common in the Church as they are common in the family...
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A foolish son is ruin to his father, and a wife’s quarreling is a continual dripping of rain.
It is better to live in a desert land than with a quarrelsome and fretful woman.
Family relationships can become estranged and unpleasant. That is why Godly wisdom is needed when dealing with disagreements.
It is better to live in a corner of the housetop than in a house shared with a quarrelsome wife.
The background to this statement is Dt 19:15, which demands that conviction can only take place on the testimony of two or three agreed witnesses.
A continual dripping on a rainy day and a quarrelsome wife are alike;
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We need to follow righteous teaching from scripture when dealing with disagreements because we are ill equipped to deal with sin on our own.
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Whoever loves transgression loves strife; he who makes his door high seeks destruction.
Nahash’s suggestion to the men of Jabesh Gilead; Ben-Hadad’s demands on Ahab
Sin is at the root of our disagreements but the Lord gives us ways to resolve them.
Abraham and Lot resolve their disagreement over land and livestock; Isaac settles a disagreement about the water supply; Solomon resolves a disagreement between two prostitutes.
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Moses realised that he was unable to deal with all the people’s disputes alone.
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