Barnabas Saul and John Mark
Read and meditate – Acts 11:27 through Acts 13:13
Barnabas and Saul had been sent to Jerusalem with the offering from the Antioch church to help the disciples, meanwhile Herod had begun harassing the church, putting to death James the brother of John (of the original inner circle of 3 of Jesus disciples), afterward he arrested Peter intending to to the same. Prayer continues continually for Peter at the house of the mother of John Mark.
Enter into this story beginning with the prophet Agabus and his prophecy.
Travel with Barnabas and Saul, experience the church in Jerusalem as James is killed, then Peter is arrested.
Enter the prayer meeting going on at John Mark’s mother’s house.
Enter the cell where Peter slept and walk with Peter into freedom.
When did Saul and Barnabas arrive in Jerusalem?
When did the depart?
What was the last event that occurred before they left?
What is the most impacting event to you?
What do you think impacted Saul and Barnabas the deepest?
Read again Acts 12:25 through Acts 13:13
Who accompanies Barnabas and Saul back to Antioch?
What do we next see the church doing?
When Saul and Barnabas are sent out, who accompanies them?
What is his capacity?
In verse 13 what happens? Where does John Mark go?
Read: Acts 15:36-41
Paul and Barnabas were again in Jerusalem seeking a conclusion to the dispute over circumcision of the Gentiles. After this was decided they returned to Antioch and John Mark goes with them to Antioch.
What did Paul suggest they do?
Who did Barnabas want to bring with them?
What was Paul’s reaction? What happened next?
Did Barnabas do the right thing?
Did his encouragement gift cloud his judgement or did it allow him to see what Paul could or would not see?
Epilogue of John Mark
Read: 2 Timothy 4:9-16; Colossians 4:7-15
Did Mark and Paul work together later?
What did Paul say of Mark?
What surprise disclosure do we see?