Sermon Based Group Homework
For the message on March 20, 2022
Passage: Acts 15:36-41
In part 6 of our Resilient series, we find Paul and Barnabas in sharp disagreement over whether to take Mark with them on their next missionary journey. Cole helped us learn some key lessons from this uncomfortable situation.
GETTING TO KNOW YOU
When conflict arises, do you run to the fight or run away and hide? Which is a better approach?
LET’S GO DEEPER
1. Read Acts 15:36-41 together. What was the issue between Paul and Barnabas and how did they choose to resolve it?
2. Provide some reasons why Paul could have been right about not taking Mark (see Acts 13:13).
3. Provide some reasons why Barnabas could have been right about taking Mark.
4. Would you have taken Mark or replaced him if you were in Paul’s shoes (or sandals)?
5. Describe the relationship between Paul and Mark later in their lives by reading Colossians 4:10 and 2 Timothy 4:11. What do you think happened to change their relationship?
6. In the end, which decision proved to be the right one, Paul’s or Barnabas’? Why?
7. As Cole said in his message, conflicts are inevitable in any relationship. Paul and Barnabas, however, didn’t allow the disagreement to keep them from doing what was essential. Now two separate groups set out to carry the good news to the world instead of one. How has God used conflict in your life to achieve His greater purposes?
8. What lessons can you learn from Cole’s message and this discussion about how to deal with conflict in a healthy and productive way?
TAKE IT HOME
1. What is your biggest takeaway from this sermon and study?
2. Do you have any prayer requests for your group?