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When Division Become Multiplication

Bauer Evans, on May 24, 2020. Part of the Acts series

Main Point: As long as Christ is in heaven, He will work to redeem what is broken and open doors of ministry He alone can give.

Part 1: Key Idea:

Conflict is an inevitable part of our lives, but relational rifts are always redeemable in Christ.

Application questions:

1. Am I the sort of person that tends to
make conflict bigger or tends to make
reconciliation more likely?

2. What still remains for me to do in
order to live peaceably with those
who disagree with me?

Part 2: Key Idea:

In times of uncertainty, doors of gospel ministry may suddenly open that Christ alone can give.

Application question:

1. What opportunities in ministry has
Christ ‘suddenly’ opened for you
during the pandemic?

2. How may Christ be leading you to
pray, care and share in view of these

Acts 15:36-16:10

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37 Now Barnabas wanted to take with them John called Mark. 38 But Paul thought best not to take with them one who had withdrawn from them in Pamphylia and had not gone with them to the work. 39 And there arose a sharp disagreement, so that they separated from each other.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.

16:1 Paul came also to Derbe and to Lystra. A disciple was there, named Timothy, the son of a Jewish woman who was a believer, but his father was a Greek. He was well spoken of by the brothers at Lystra and Iconium. Paul wanted Timothy to accompany him, and he took him and circumcised him because of the Jews who were in those places, for they all knew that his father was a Greek. As they went on their way through the cities, they delivered to them for observance the decisions that had been reached by the apostles and elders who were in Jerusalem. So the churches were strengthened in the faith, and they increased in numbers daily.

And they went through the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia. And when they had come up to Mysia, they attempted to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them. So, passing by Mysia, they went down to Troas. And a vision appeared to Paul in the night: a man of Macedonia was standing there, urging him and saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” 10 And when Paul had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go on into Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them. (ESV)

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