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June 6, 2015 - Choosing To Be a Barnabas - Acts 9:26-30

posted Jun 16, 2015, 1:54 PM by Grant Garber
  • Barnabas, a highly respected member of the church, interceded for Paul.
  • Barnabas wasn’t “the star”.  He conducted most of his life in the wings, helping someone else find the spotlight.
“encouragement”  =  “paraklesis”  =  “called to come alongside”
  • The Holy Spirit’s ministry is also often referred to as our “paraklesis”.  The Spirit takes us and encourages us in the right places for life.
  • The question today is:  Are we being a Barnabas?
  • There will be no Pauls in the next generation if there are not Barnabas's in our generation.
  • Clearly the American church is no longer the star and it may be that the time has come for us to be Barnabas to the 90% of Christianity that lives elsewhere.
  • The great irony of choosing to be a Barnabas is that you think you are doing this to be a giver, but as all givers know; they always receive more than they offer. 
  • It isn’t stressful to be an encourager.  And this is why the American church has to now become Barnabas to the international church.  For too long we have become irritable and grumpy about our many theological debates.  For the sake of our souls, it is time to be Barnabas.
Pastor Jim Spon | Acts 9:26-30