After some time, Paul and Barnabas decided to return to Galatia to see how the churches they planted were going. However, a conflict arose over whether it was right to take John Mark on the journey. As a result, the two men separated in their work for the Lord. Disagreements in ministry are unavoidable because each person has subjective evaluations over the most effective approach. This dispute shows us that even spiritual maturity is not a vaccine against disagreement and conflict. In this sermon we learn that believers must work hard to preserve unity and continue to serve the Lord despite conflict with others.
A Sound Suggestion (v. 36)
A Sharp Disagreement (vv. 37-39a)
A Surprising Outcome (vv. 39b-41)