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Acts 15 Church Split

Paul and Barnabas remained in Antioch. There they and many others taught and preached the word of the Lord.

Some time later Paul spoke to Barnabas. “Let’s go back to all the towns where we preached the word of the Lord,” he said. “Let’s visit the believers and see how they are doing.” Barnabas wanted to take John Mark with them. But Paul didn’t think it was wise to take him. Mark had deserted them in Pamphylia. He hadn’t continued with them in their work. Barnabas and Paul strongly disagreed with each other. So they went their separate ways. Barnabas took Mark and sailed for Cyprus. But Paul chose Silas. The believers asked the Lord to give his grace to Paul and Silas as they went.Paul traveled through Syria and Cilicia. He gave strength to the churches there (vv. 35-41).

Interesting that church members have been fighting and parting ways since the very beginning!

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Who Wrote 2 Thessalonians?

Paul, Timothy, and Silas (1:1).

Making Connections

Paul is always making new friends and allies.

In verses 1-8, he meets Priscilla and Aquila, collaborates with Silas and Timothy, and converts synagogue leaders Titius Justus and Crispus.

Escape to Berea

In verses 10-15, we read about Paul and Silas’ escape from Thessalonica.

They have better success in Berea, at least until their enemies from Thessalonica follow them into town and stir up trouble.

Outline of Paul & Silas’s Travels in Acts 17

1) Thessalonica
2) Berea
3) Athens
To an Unknown God

Making Things Right

In verses 29-34, Paul and Silas baptize the family of the jailer.

In verses 35-40, Paul takes the system to task.   When he informs the officers that he and Silas were punished without a trial, even though they’re Roman citizens, the leaders are anxious to release them quietly.

This reminds me of discussions we’ve seen during the war on terror concerning the rights of non-American captives.  Are they entitled to the same rights as citizens?  If not, where do we draw the line?  And how does international law fit into this discussion.

It seems that there was no concept of universal rights at the time described in this passage.

Jail Break

In verses 25-28, we read about Paul and Silas’s jail time.

They’re singing like crazy people when an earthquake sets the whole jail free.

The jailer assumes his prisoners have escaped, so he prepares to kill himself before his supervisors do.

What I wonder most is why the other prisoners don’t escape.

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