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Summary: Following God is not always easy, sometimes we have to wait awhile before we see prayers answered.

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Philippians

#1 - In Delays and Detours

The story of Paul coming to Philippi really is the story of 2 arguments and a change of plans.

We find the story behind the letter of Philippians starts, not in Acts 16, where Paul goes to Philippi, but in Acts 15:

[Tell the story]

> Conflict over the Gentiles

The Jersualem Council - the argument about new Greek converts; Paul & Barnabas are asked to deliver that decision back to the believers in the area around that Greek church planting center, Antioch.

The apostles and elders, your brothers, To the Gentile believers in Antioch, Syria and Cilicia:

Greetings.

24 We have heard that some went out from us without our authorization and disturbed you, troubling your minds by what they said. 25 So we all agreed to choose some men and send them to you with our dear friends Barnabas and Paul— 26 men who have risked their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. 27 Therefore we are sending Judas and Silas to confirm by word of mouth what we are writing. 28 It seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us not to burden you with anything beyond the following requirements: 29 You are to abstain from food sacrificed to idols, from blood, from the meat of strangled animals and from sexual immorality. You will do well to avoid these things.

Farewell.

30 So the men were sent off and went down to Antioch, where they gathered the church together and delivered the letter. 31 The people read it and were glad for its encouraging message. 32 Judas and Silas, who themselves were prophets, said much to encourage and strengthen the believers. 33 After spending some time there, they were sent off by the believers with the blessing of peace to return to those who had sent them. [34] [d] 35 But Paul and Barnabas remained in Antioch, where they and many others taught and preached the word of the Lord.

The Division with Barnabas -

Over John Mark

36 Some time later Paul said to Barnabas, “Let us go back and visit the believers in all the towns where we preached the word of the Lord and see how they are doing.” 37 Barnabas wanted to take John, also called Mark, with them, 38 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. 39 They had such a sharp disagreement that they parted company. Barnabas took Mark and sailed for Cyprus, 40 but Paul chose Silas and left, commended by the believers to the grace of the Lord. 41 He went through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the churches.

Who was right? yes. :)

Paul was probably right at the time about John Mark not being ready for what was next. This journey actually ends up being much more dangerous than the last one. A lot of the major things like being stoned, beaten, etc... that's on this journey!


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