Paul and Barnabas Share their Ministry with Supporters

The closer to sharing a person comes, the closer to God he gets. Sharing has nothing to do with wealth . . . Sharing has nothing to do with health . . . Sharing has everything to do with attitude! (Jerry Falwell). … More

Sharing

Was Paul dead? We are not told. At least he was unconscious and apparently gave every evidence of being dead. Some Bible scholars suggest that this could have been the experience Paul described in II Corinthians 12:1-4, and that he actually went to heaven during this period of time. We read that because of the prayers of his friends, his recovery was rapid, and the next day Paul was back at work. The apostles decided to retrace their steps through the provinces of Pisidia, Pamphylia, and Perga, visiting the churches recently established (v. 21). They encouraged the people to continue in the faith, reminding them that we must suffer many hardships before entering the Kingdom of God (v. 22). Paul was an evangelist, but he was also a pastor and a teacher. The missionaries not only edified the believers, but organized them, as they appointed elders for each church (v. 23).

Barnabas and Paul traveled back through Pisidia to Pamphylia and preached the gospel in the town of Perga before going on to Attalia (vv. 24-25). There are some organizations that say, “You have to belong to us or you are not even saved. Call everyone the same name I call them, and then I will accept you into my fellowship.” I personally do not believe there is any basis in Scripture for what we have come to call “second-degree separation.”  Yes, we are to be separate from the world and those who have a false view of Christ, but we are not to separate from Christians.

This chapter ends the first missionary journey, which lasted between one and two years. Thus the story unfolded, showing the decisions, the difficulties, and the dangers of pioneer work on the mission field, and how to deal with them all. Paul and Barnabas had traveled more than 700 miles by land, and over 500 miles by sea. Finally they shared with their “sending church” concerning the work that God had done (vv. 26-28). They had been gone for over a year, and it must have been exciting for them, and for the church, when they arrived back home.

Application

I want to always rejoice in a person’s salvation, whether they believe just like I do or not. If they are truly born again, we are going to be in Heaven together forever!

Acts 14:21-28 (English Standard Version)

When they had preached the gospel to that city and had made many disciples, they returned to Lystra and to Iconium and to Antioch, strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith, and saying that through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God. And when they had appointed elders for them in every church, with prayer and fasting they committed them to the Lord in whom they had believed. Then they passed through Pisidia and came to Pamphylia. And when they had spoken the word in Perga, they went down to Attalia, and from there they sailed to Antioch, where they had been commended to the grace of God for the work that they had fulfilled. And when they arrived and gathered the church together, they declared all that God had done with them, and how he had opened a door of faith to the Gentiles. And they remained no little time with the disciples.

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