Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Paul and Barnabas Sunday School Lesson - Paul and Barnabas Have a Fight

Use this Paul and Barnabas Sunday School lesson to talk about differences people might have with each other.

Needed: Bibles

Lesson: (Note: Always allow students enough time to think about and to give their answers to the questions before clarifying the teaching.)

Have you ever had a fight with one of your friends? (Invite them to share their stories. The teacher should also share a story.)

Can two people have a fight and both of them be right? (Simply listen to their answers at this point.)

Can two people who both love God have a fight about something? (Again, simply listen to their answers.)

(Have a student read Acts 15:36, or read it yourself.)
What did Paul want to do? (He wanted to go back to all the churches they had started to see how the people were doing.)

(Have students take turns reading Acts 15:37-38, or read it yourself.)

What problem did Paul and Barnabas have? (Barnabas wanted to take John Mark on the journey with them, but Paul did not.)

Why didn’t Paul want to take John-Mark with them? (When Paul and Barnabas were starting the churches before, John Mark left them and went home. Paul thought that he would just leave them again if they took him.)

Why do you think Barnabas wanted to take John Mark with them? (Barnabas wanted to give John Mark a second chance. He thought maybe John Mark would do better this time.)

(Have students take turns reading Acts 15:39-41, or read it yourself.)

Did Paul and Barnabas talk about it and finally come to an agreement? (No. They disagreed with each other and got angry and left, both going their separate ways.)

Does anyone know what John Mark did later in his life? (John Mark wrote the first story of Jesus’ life, the book of the Bible we call “Mark”.)

Even though Paul and Barnabas had a disagreement, do you think both of them could still do good work for God? (Yes.)

Even though they disagreed, God continued to use both of them to start new, Christian churches.

Do you think it’s okay for you to have a disagreement with someone sometimes? (Yes.)

We can disagree with people, but we have to remember to keep our tempers under control and not hit or call names or anything like that. We just have to understand people will not always agree with us and make the same decisions we do. God can still love and be friends with and use both people to do His work.

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