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“She who is in Babylon, elect together with you, greets you; and so does Mark my son.”

 

THE LIFE OF MARK, Part II

 

and so does

When Paul and Barnabas finished their relief ministry to the saints, they returned to Antioch (another 300-mile trip to the north).

Ac 12:25  “And Barnabas and Saul returned from Jerusalem when they had fulfilled their ministry, and they also took with them John whose surname was Mark.”

We learn from Colossians that John Mark’s mother was the sister to Barnabas. Thus, John Mark was the nephew of Barnabas. Barnabas invited John Mark to go with them on a missionary enterprise for they could use him in the ministry at Antioch. Mark then accompanied his Uncle Barnabas and also Paul to Antioch.

The Holy Spirit now calls Barnabas and Paul to a missionary expedition further into the Roman Empire. The local church at Antioch sent them out on this mission (Ac 13:1-4). They took John Mark with them.

Ac 13:5  “And when they arrived in Salamis, they preached the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews. They also had John [Mark] as their assistant.”

John Mark was their “assistant.” He did the odd chores. He set up the P.A. system, drove the car and organized their meetings. He did the legwork.

PRINCIPLE:

The work of God needs people to do the legwork.

APPLICATION:

The work of God needs people to do the legwork. Every ministry needs this kind of person. Thank God for each of them. These are the people who do much for the kingdom of God. However, we hear very little about them. They work behind the scenes. If it were not for them, very little kingdom work would get done.

(The life of Mark — to be continued)

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