( Log Out /  Rather — as the Goodspeed translation says it, “[He] encouraged them all to be resolute and steadfast in their devotion to the Lord.” The Living Bible paraphrase says, “[Barnabas] encouraged the believers to stay close to the Lord, whatever the cost.” Barnabas rejoiced to see the grace of God at work in the far north city of Antioch, and he did all he could to inspire the people with strength and confidence. How many people came to the knowledge of God's way of life, not only through Barnabas' preaching, but also (and maybe even more importantly) through his example and encouragement? When Paul was first converted Christians were afraid of him. Barnabas was a faithful friend, a committed encourager, a forgiving brother, and one who gave generously to help the poor. Years later, that woman became critically ill. However, he lost nerve when the lady opened the door — and so instead, asked only for a glass of water. Privacy Policy  Terms of Use. Later they sailed on to Turkey, where they explained to anyone would listen that Jesus was God and that, because of Jesus, God can live in people by his Holy Spirit. But Jeremiah, who was also of a priestly family, was a property owner (according to Jeremiah 32:7-14). He even received his first A in math. In this decision St. Barnabas actually was once again being the encourager doing what he did before for St. Paul being a sponsor and mentor for a promising servant of the Lord. Some years later Barnabas was sent to a place called Antioch in Syria to see how God was blessing not just Jews but any who called on the name of Jesus. By Harold S. MartinA Bible Helps Booklet No. You will always be a dummy. I wonder what you like best about this story? Saul began contending for the faith among Greek-speaking Jews (verse 29), but it wasn’t long until the brethren shipped him home to Tarsus (verse 30), where he remained for seven or eight years — until he was brought back to Antioch to help with the work of the church there. He was a people person. Because thousands of visitors were in Jerusalem at the time, there was need for material help in caring for the multitudes of people. Help us to find ways in which we can say and do encouraging things for others today. So what if you were a bloody tyrant in the past, and you hurt and killed innocent people? So much so that one day, Mark himself became a great leader and even a writer. Barnabas never held a man’s past against him. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Early in the history of the church, he went to Antioch to check on the growth of the Christians there, and then on to Tarsus. Saul and Barnabas set sail for Cyprus because Barnabas longed to tell the people back home all that had happened to him. In the period which followed the events of chapter 11, the church in Antioch was led by the Spirit to commission Barnabas and Saul to carry the message of the Gospel into the farther reaches of the Empire. Paul also was convinced that Mark became a mature disciple of Jesus, and wrote to Timothy, encouraging him to come visit him in prison — and then he said (in essence), “Bring Mark with you because he is useful for ministry” (see 2 Timothy 4:11). 416. Barnabas took Mark back to Cyprus. The man behind the scenes, who never wrote a word of the New Testament, was a key factor in much of the New Testament writings because of his encouragement. Barnabas was so fully consecrated to the Lord that he rejoiced to see anyone (even Gentiles) accepting Christ as their Savior. We are lifting up and praying for our Barnabas family (campers, missionaries, staff, Med Team) during this time. You can read about him in Acts 4:32-37; Acts 11: 9-30 and 12:25; and Acts 13 -15. He lived up to his name by leading a life that gave back to others time and time again. He had to repeat geometry in his senior year and it looked like he was going to fail again. We tend to scold and criticize the weaknesses of children, but the approach of encouragement motivates children to go beyond their weakness and be over comers. They were not to cling to sports, or to get thrilled with entertainment. Being Barnabas, The Great Encourager. He had an unshakable confidence in God. They knew what he had done to the church not too long before — breathing out threats of murder against new believers. Some refused to listen. We need to face this reality: Not everyone has this kind of personality. Jesus wrote none of the New Testament either, but he was the one who inspired it. If you have a specific prayer request, you can send it to [email protected] and we will continue to lift you up in prayer! [27] But Barnabas took him, and brought him to the apostles, and declared to them how he had seen the Lord in the way, and that he had spoken to him, and how he had preached boldly at Damascus in the name of Jesus. Sadly, a serious disagreement came between Barnabas and Paul over whether young John Mark would accompany them on this trip. Paul never planned to evangelise Malta. “Something that teacher said that morning literally changed my life. He recognized her face, and went back to the consultation room, determined to do his very best to save her life. Interested in broadcasting Discover the Word on your radio station. He could have had all the glory of this great work, but verse 25 says that he went to Tarsus to look for Paul. Barnabas truly deserves the highest commendation for his generous Christian spirit, and for his contribution toward the ongoing life and ministry of the early church. Words are powerful tools of influence. He had only one coin left that day, and he was hungry. The given name of Barnabas was “Joseph” (Acts 4:36). Paul thought that was not a good idea (verse 38), since Mark had gone along with them on the first missionary journey, and then gave up and quit when they came to the rugged mountain regions on the southern coast of Turkey. American King James Version×) along with the humility needed to be ordained to such an office. This idea is a performance piece for an act of worship or a reflection on welcome, love and forgiveness. She was sure it would take the rest of her life to pay it all. We are told that he was a Levite from the island of Cyprus (verse 37). Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. He was a genius. When Barnabas is introduced to us in the book of Acts, we see him selling some land to help provide for fellow Christian believers (Acts 4:36-37 Acts 4:36-37 [36] And Joses, who by the apostles was surnamed Barnabas, (which is, being interpreted, The son of consolation,) a Levite, and of the country of Cyprus, This is not what his mother called him, but this is the name he got from the leaders of the Christian faith because of the kind of guy he was.

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