All for the Sake of the Gospel - Part 1 (1 of 2)
October 16, 2005
INTRODUCTION: Peter, Philip, Stephen, and now Paul are recorded as preaching their first sermons, and now the longest recorded sermon of Paul. Paul and Barnabas began their first missionary journey on Barnabas' home island, and next they moved to Paul's home region, Asia Minor. They left the Island of Cyprus and sailed 200 miles north to the port of Perga, and then traveled another 100 miles north to Pisidian Antioch. This last 100 miles was difficult and dangerous. It is believed that 2 Cor. 11:26 refers to this travel.
2 Corinthians 11:26, "I have been constantly on the move. I have been in danger from rivers, in danger from bandits, in danger from my own countrymen, in danger from Gentiles; in danger in the city, in danger in the country, in danger at sea; and in danger from false brothers."
Picking up on our text Acts 13:13, "and John departing from them, returned to Jerusalem." John Mark quit; didn't enjoy Paul's leadership like that of his encouraging Barnabas. Fear of the difficult journey ahead; peril everywhere, coastline infested with pirates, steep mountains and full of wild beasts and lawless men. The going would be tough. Sometimes people who volunteer in a burst of zeal change their minds as soon as the pressure of other things id felt and abandon their commitment.
NOTE THE IMPACT:
Acts 15:36-40, "Some time later Paul said to Barnabas, 'Let us go back and visit the brothers in all the towns where we preached the word of the Lord and see how they are doing.' Barnabas wanted to take John, also called Mark, with them, but Paul did not think it wise to take him, because he had deserted them in Pamphylia and had not continued with them in the work. They had such a sharp disagreement that they parted company. Barnabas took Mark and sailed for Cyprus, but Paul chose Silas and left, commended by the brothers to the grace of the Lord."
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