From Resolutions to Restoration
INTRODUCTON: The major focus of this passage is on a young man by the name of John Mark. In Acts 12:12, we are introduced to John Mark and quickly realize that he comes from a wonderful Christian family.
Acts 12:12, ''So, when he had considered this, he came to the house of Mary, the mother of John whose surname was Mark, where many were gathered together praying.''
In Acts 13:5, we see him joining Paul and Barnabas on their first missionary journey, and then in Acts 13:13, he departs. Whatever Mark's reason for leaving, Paul did not think it was adequate or excusable.
In the context of this passage, along with the support of our New Testament, there is a clear indication that our dear Lord Jesus is in the Restoration Ministry. He is definitely the God of a second chance!
I. THE COMMISSION OF DISCIPLESHIP. 36
A. LOVE DISPLAYED HIS COMPASSION. 36a
Acts 15:36a, ''Then after some days Paul said to Barnabas, ''Let us now go back and visit our brethren in every city where we have preached the word of the Lord...''
''The church at Antioch was not a parking lot, but a launching pad.'' W.W. Wiersbe
The Apostle Paul had a passion to get the gospel out.
Romans 15:20, ''And so I have made it my aim to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build on another man's foundation.''
1 Corinthians 9:16, ''For if I preach the gospel, I have nothing to boast of, for necessity is laid upon me; yes, woe is me if I do not preach the gospel!''
He was faithful to the Great Commission.
Matthew 28:19, ''Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.''
B. LEADERSHIP DISPLAYED HIS MATURITY. 36b
''and see how they are doing'' - he saw his responsibility as not only proclaiming the saving gospel, but also establishing churches and maturing the new converts in their faith. The ultimate ...
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