Message Notes 3.28.21 | We All Have Different Personalities | Acts 15:36-41

(Acts 15:36–41 ESV)

And after some days Paul said to Barnabas, β€œLet us return and visit the brothers in every city where we proclaimed the word of the Lord, and see how they are.” Now Barnabas wanted to take with them John called Mark. But Paul thought best not to take with them one who had withdrawn from them in Pamphylia and had not gone with them to the work. And there arose a sharp disagreement, so that they separated from each other. Barnabas took Mark with him and sailed away to Cyprus, but Paul chose Silas and departed, having been commended by the brothers to the grace of the Lord. And he went through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the churches.

I. Personality and methodology differences exist even among godly Christ believers.

A. Between those with the same theology.

B. Between those committed to the cause of Christ.

C. Between those who have served together for a long time.

D. Resolution may require outside help.

(Philippians 4:2–3 ESV)

I entreat Euodia and I entreat Syntyche to agree in the Lord. Yes, I ask you also, true companion, help these women, who have labored side by side with me in the gospel together with Clement and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life.

 

II. We must ask, what is the real cause of difficulty?

1) Is it theological?

2) It is a biblical principle?

3) Is God trying to develop godly character in me?

4) Is this a preference, a sin, a violation of conscience, or a wisdom issue?

5) Is God trying to teach me about the body of Christ?

III. Judge your pride and anger and get to the heart of the genuine issue in a spirit of love and humility.

IV. If we can’t work it out, we still serve even though separately.

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