God's Call and Commission
March 5, 2006
INTRODUCTION: Acts 15 serves as the chapter that magnifies the greatness of our salvation in Christ alone, through faith alone. Paul, Barnabas, Peter, and James served as spokesmen for this great conference. Almost immediately after helping the first century church resolve the issue of how one enters into a relationship with God through Jesus Christ, there seems to be a great dissolve of relationships. Paul and Barnabas have a sharp disagreement concerning John Mark's future missionary activity and decide to part ways. Later, Barnabas leaves with John Mark while Paul teams up with Silas.
Chapter 16 begins with Paul and Silas heading out on the second missionary journey, but his time, instead of heading east to west, they start in the west, and one of the cities happens to be one of the most dangerous and, at the same time, the most significant.
As a result of their visit to Antioch before leaving, the church is really helped:
1. CELEBRATION. 31
"they rejoiced" – the confirmation that salvation was indeed by grace alone lifted a tremendous burden of worry from their shoulders.
2. CONSOLATION. 31
"its encouragement" – no longer needed to fear that their salvation was not genuine. Legalism produces fear, guilt, and pride – while grace alone brings comfort and hope.
3. CONFIRMATION. 32
Acts 15:32, "Now Judas and Silas, themselves being prophets also, exhorted and strengthened the brethren with many words."
It is the "word of His grace that is able to build up believers." (Acts 20:32)
I. TIMOTHY'S CONVERSION. 16:1
A. PEOPLE'S CONFUSION. Acts 14:11ff
"The gods have come down to us in the likeness of men!" They thought Paul and Barnabas were Zeus and Hermes
Acts 14:14-15, "But when the apostles Barnabas and Paul heard this, they tore their clothes and ran in among the multitude, crying out and saying, 'Men, why are you doing these thing ...
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