Our text is Acts 15:36-41.
Paul’s second missionary journey also started in Antioch. Paul and Barnabas had been ministering there after delivering the Jerusalem Council’s letter to the church. And after some days, Paul decides it would be a good idea to revisit the churches established on the first missionary journey. Barnabas wanted to take John Mark with them on the journey, but Paul rejected the proposal because he considered John Mark a deserter. And as a result of competing views Paul and Barnabas have a sharp disagreement. Therefore, Paul takes Silas and they head for Syria and Cilicia; and Barnabas and John Mark sail for Cyprus. For some time, the conflict remains unresolved, but we know from other passages in the New Testament eventually there was reconciliation.
Children’s Message: Pastor Chad Sadorf has been including a series of Children’s Messages. These messages will parallel the sermons from Acts to help guide the children through the concepts that are taught by Pastor Adams. Today’s message is provided as a video; this link appears just after the Gloria Patri in the service (where it would normally occur in our church service). Click on these links for a children’s bulletin and printable coloring page to accompany this message: Children’s Bulletin and Encouragement coloring page.
Service for Family Worship:
Call to Worship: Psalm 47:1-4
1 Clap your hands, all peoples!
Shout to God with loud songs of joy!
2 For the Lord, the Most High, is to be feared,
a great king over all the earth.
3 He subdued peoples under us,
and nations under our feet.
4 He chose our heritage for us,
the pride of Jacob whom he loves. (ESV)
Almighty God, what a privilege it is to bow in your presence as your people, and by your grace to glimpse and proclaim your infinite worth.
We thank you so much for your mercy and grace, and for the reality of your presence that we know and enjoy through Holy Spirit.
Father. this morning, would you come and guide and direct our worship even as little children are led as they learn how to walk, so that our worship will be pleasing in your sight.Glorify yourself in us and through us today! Amen.
Based on Psalm 148, this hymn calls us to praise and adoration, as we join our hearts with all of creation and with all those around the world who praise the name of the Lord. Each part, each person, is independent and yet a part of the whole of God’s called out people. The hymn swells with the growing tide of comprehensive worship!
Corporate Scripture Reading: Exodus 20:3
3 “You shall have no other gods before me. (ESV)
Gracious Father, your Son died and was raised up in power. Now enable us to die to our sin in repentance. Thank you that we have risen to new life in Christ and that you have promised to sanctify us by your grace and through your Spirit.
We confess to you Lord,
although you should guide us, we inform ourselves;
although you should rule us, we control ourselves;
though you should fulfill us, we console ourselves.
We often think your truth too high,
your will too hard,
your power too remote,
and your love too conditional.
But they are not!
And without them, we are of all people most miserable.
Now heal our confused minds with your word,
heal our divided wills with your law,
heal our troubled consciences with your love,
heal our anxious hearts with your presence,
all for the sake of your Son,
who loved us and gave himself for us. Amen.
Assurance of Pardon: : based on Ephesians 2:4-6
But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved you, even when you were dead in your sins, made you alive together with Christ and raised you up with Him, and seated you with Him in the heavenly places.
If you are trusting in the Lord Jesus Christ your sins are forgiven.
Affirmation of Faith:
The Westminster Larger Catechism
Q. What are the sins forbidden in the first commandment?
A. The sins forbidden in the first commandment, are, atheism, in denying or not having a God; idolatry, in having or worshiping more gods than one, or any with or instead of the true God; the not having and avouching him for God, and our God; the omission or neglect of anything due to him, required in this commandment; ignorance, forgetfulness, misapprehensions, false opinions, unworthy and wicked thoughts of him; bold and curious searching into his secrets; all profaneness, hatred of God; self-love, self-seeking, and all other inordinate and immoderate setting of our mind, will, or affections upon other things, and taking them off from him in whole or in part; vain credulity, unbelief, heresy, misbelief, distrust, despair, incorrigibleness, and insensibleness under judgments, hardness of heart, pride, presumption, carnal security, tempting of God; using unlawful means, and trusting in lawful means; carnal delights and joys; corrupt, blind, and indiscreet zeal; lukewarmness, and deadness in the things of God; estranging ourselves, and apostatizing from God; praying, or giving any religious worship, to saints, angels, or any other creatures; all compacts and consulting with the devil, and hearkening to his suggestions; making men the lords of our faith and conscience; slighting and despising God and his commands; resisting and grieving of his Spirit, discontent and impatience at his dispensations, charging him foolishly for the evils he inflicts on us; and ascribing the praise of any good we either are, have, or can do, to fortune, idols, ourselves, or any other creature.
Are You a “Barnabas”? (Click here to link to the video of the Children’s Message)
(You may want to take a moment to pray with your child or children for your family, your church family, our country and world.)
Offertory: Proverbs 3:9-10
9 Honor the Lord with your wealth
And with the firstfruits of all your produce;
10 then your barns will be filled with plenty,
And your vats will be bursting with wine.
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In the month of August, our focus will be Psalm 1. In introducing this psalm, Charles Spurgeon wrote, “This Psalm may be regarded as THE PREFACE PSALM, having in it a notification of the contents of the entire Book. It is the psalmists’ desire to teach us the way to blessedness, and to warn us of the sure destruction of sinners. This, then, is the matter of the first Psalm, which may be looked upon, in some respects, as the text upon which the whole of the Psalms make up a divine sermon. May the Lord cleanse our hearts and our ways, that we may escape the doom of the ungodly, and enjoy the blessedness of the righteous!” from The Treasury of David, by Charles Spurgeon, www.spurgeon.org/treasury/treasury.htm.
Pastoral Prayer: (Click here for the Pastoral Prayer)
Sermon: Dealing with Conflict
I. The conflict
II. The circumstances
III. The outcome
As a small girl, Cecil Frances Alexander wrote poetry in her school’s journal. In 1850, she married Rev. William Alexander, who later became the Anglican chief bishop of Ireland. She showed her concern for disadvantaged people by traveling many miles each day to visit the sick and the poor, providing food, warm clothes, and medical supplies. She and her sister also founded a school for the deaf. She wrote hymns based on the Apostles’ Creed, baptism, the Lord’s Supper, the Ten Commandments, and prayer. She often wrote in simple language for children, composing nearly 400 hymns and poems in all, including the hymns in our Trinity Hymnal: “All Things Bright and Beautiful,” “Once in Royal David’s City,” “There is a Green Hill Far Away”.
Benediction (Click here to hear this week’s benediction)
Questions for Further Discussion
- What did Paul suggest they do in 15:36? Why would this work be needed?
- Whom did Barnabas want to take – 15:37?
- What did Paul think about this and why – 15:38? Where can we read about this event?
- How did the situation develop, and how was it resolved – 15:39?
- How did Paul later view Mark? Did Paul or Barnabas sin here? What lessons can we learn about solving conflict between brethren?
Are You a “Barnabas”?
What does it mean to encourage others? Do you inspire, cheer, support, and boost other people’s spirits? Do you want to lift the hearts of people to a happier place? Then you likely are an encourager! Encouragers lift you up when you are down and help you see things in a better and brighter way.
In the Bible in Acts 15:31 and 32 we read these words:
31 And when they had read it, they rejoiced because of its encouragement. 32 And Judas and Silas, who were themselves prophets, encouraged and strengthened the brothers with many words.
Judas and Silas were encouragers. They told the people the decision of the COUNCIL, what they were to believe about being saved from their sins by Jesus and how they should live their lives.
Judas and Silas also had a travelling companion, a man by the name of Barnabas. His name means “son of encouragement” – Barnabas is known in the Bible as THE BIGGEST ENCOURAGER!
In 1 Thessalonians 5:11 we read – Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.
God wants us to encourage one another. To inspire and cheer and support and boost the hearts of others!