Sermon on Sunday, January 25, 2015 by Pastor Thomas Tate
THE ENCOURAGEMENT OF BARNABAS
MICAH’S PRAYER – THE MAKING OF A GODLY MAN
- Lord I pray that you would develop him in his heart, mind, body, soul and spirit. Setting him apart to serve you and bring glory to your name in all of his ways and all of his days. Father I pray that you would bless him in his knowledge of you and give him the strength, stature and wisdom of Solomon I pray that you would give him the faithfulness of Abraham and the humility of Moses. I also pray Father that you would bless him with the righteousness of Job and the eagerness of Isaiah. I pray that you would give him the heart after you like David and the ears of Samuel that are so attentive to Your voice. I pray Lord that You would give him the propheticness of Jeremiah and Ezekiel, the zeal of Paul and the boldness of Peter. I also pray God that you would bless him with the gift of encouragement like Barnabas
Encouragers Have One Heart With Other Believers
- And the congregation of those who believed were of one heart and soul; and not one of them claimed that anything belonging to him was his own, but all things were common property to them. And with great power the apostles were giving testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and abundant grace was upon them all. For there was not a needy person among them, all who were owners of land or houses would sell them and bring the proceeds of the sales and lay them at the apostles’ feet, and they would be distributed to each as any had need. Now Joseph, a Levite of Cyprian birth, who was also called Barnabas by the apostles (which translated means Son of Encouragement), and who owned a tract of land, sold it and brought the money and laid it at the apostles’ feet.
- Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
- But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually just as He wills. For even as the body is one and yet has many members, and all the members of the body, though they are many, are one body, so also is Christ… But now God has placed the members, each one of them, in the body, just as He desired. If they were all one member, where would the body be? But now there are many members, but one body.
Encouragers Stand Up For Others
- When he came to Jerusalem, he was trying to associate with the disciples; but they were all afraid of him, not believing that he was a disciple. But Barnabas took hold of him and brought him to the apostles and described to them how he had seen the Lord on the road, and that He had talked to him, and how at Damascus he had spoken out boldly in the name of Jesus.
- A friend loves at all times, And a brother is born for adversity.
Encouragers Disciple Younger Christians
- And he left for Tarsus to look for Saul; and when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. And for an entire year they met with the church and taught considerable numbers; and the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch.
- And Barnabas and Saul returned from Jerusalem when they had fulfilled their mission, taking along with them John, who was also called Mark
- When they reached Salamis, they began to proclaim the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews; and they also had John as their helper.
Encouragers Strengthen Others In The Lord
- And the hand of the Lord was with them, and a large number who believed turned to the Lord. The news about them reached the ears of the church at Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas off to Antioch. Then when he arrived and witnessed the grace of God, he rejoiced and began to encourage them all with resolute heart to remain true to the Lord; for he was a good man, and full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And considerable numbers were brought to the Lord.
- Now David became aware that Saul had come out to seek his life while David was in the wilderness of Ziph at Horesh. And Jonathan, Saul’s son, arose and went to David at Horesh, and encouraged him in God. Thus he said to him, “Do not be afraid, because the hand of Saul my father will not find you, and you will be king over Israel and I will be next to you; and Saul my father knows that also.” So the two of them made a covenant before the Lord; and David stayed at Horesh while Jonathan went to his house.
Encouragers Share The Gospel
- While they were ministering to the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” Then, when they had fasted and prayed and laid their hands on them, they sent them away. So, being sent out by the Holy Spirit, they went down to Seleucia and from there they sailed to When they reached Salamis, they began to proclaim the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews; and they also had John as their helper.
Encouragers Are Often Weak As Accountability Partners
- But when Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned. For prior to the coming of certain men from James, he used to eat with the Gentiles; but when they came, he began to withdraw and hold himself aloof, fearing the party of the circumcision. The rest of the Jews joined him in hypocrisy, with the result that even Barnabas was carried away by their hypocrisy.
Encouragers See The Potential In Others Despite Their Mistakes
- After some days Paul said to Barnabas, “Let us return and visit the brethren in every city in which we proclaimed the word of the Lord, and see how they are.” Barnabas wanted to take John, called Mark, along with them also. But Paul kept insisting that they should not take him along who had deserted them in Pamphylia and had not gone with them to the work. And there occurred such a sharp disagreement that they separated from one another, and Barnabas took Mark with him and sailed away to Cyprus.
- Only Luke is with me. Pick up Mark and bring him with you, for he is useful to me for service.
- Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear. Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.
Sermon-based Bible Study Questions
MICAH’S PRAYER – THE MAKING OF A GODLY MAN
THE ENCOURAGEMENT OF BARNABAS
1. Who is an encourager in your life? When was the last time you were encouraged and how did it make you feel?
2. Read Ephesians 4:1-3. What are some of the attributes of an encourager? What does tolerance mean to you? What is most important to an encourager to preserve? Why is unity so important to a church?
3. Read Acts 9:26-27. Why were the other disciples afraid of Paul? What did Barnabas (the encourager) do? When was a time that you stood up for someone else? When was a time someone stood up for you and how did it make you feel?
4. Read Acts 11:25-26. What was so important that Barnabas went looking for Saul (Paul) to go do? Why do encouragers make such great disciplers? Why do new believer need someone to disciple them? Why do you think there are so few in the churches that are willing to disciple others?
5. Read Acts 13:2-5. Why do you think that sharing the Gospel would be so important to an encourager? When was the last time that you shared the Gospel with someone?
6. Read Galatians 2:11-13. What happened in these verses and why do you think that Paul pointed out that even Barnabas was guilty? Why do encouragers make poor accountability partners?
8. What was the result of Barnabas’ work with Mark as seen in 2 Timothy 4:11? Who has seen your potential when others didn’t? Describe what happened and how you felt?