We all need someone to believe in us. Barnabas was a man of God. He was not an apostle, but he was actively involved in the Early Church. He went on a mission trip to Antioch and saw the amazing things God was doing there. He told many people about Jesus, and then connected Saul of Tarsus. Barnabas invited Saul to join in God’s work of loving others and growing God’s Church. God used Barnabas, Saul, and the Church to impact the world for Christ. And, God wants to use each of us today. Will you invest your life into someone else for the glory of God?
The apostles and the brothers throughout Judea heard that the Gentiles also had received the Word of God. Acts 11:1
1. God loves all people
The apostles and the believers throughout Judea heard that the Gentiles also had received the Word of God. Acts 11:1
- The vision God gave to Peter.
- The call God gave to Saul.
- The passion God gave to Barnabas.
- The purpose God has given to each of us.
2. God’s desire is for people to know Jesus
Some of them, however, men from Cyprus and Cyrene, went to Antioch and began to speak to Greeks also, telling them the good news about the Lord Jesus. Acts 11:20
- People told others about Jesus.
- Barnabas connected Saul to be a part of what God was doing.
- Connecting others to Jesus starts at home.
- Will you connect others to Jesus?
3. Do people see your life and call you a “Christian?”
The disciples were called Christians first at Antioch. Acts 11:26b
- Christian means “little Christ.”
- The people were called “Christians” by outsiders.
- Barnabas, Saul, and the Church lived out their faith.
- Does your life look like Jesus?
4. Make your life purpose to invest in others.
The disciples, as each one was able, decided to provide help for the brothers and sisters living in Judea. This they did, sending their gift to the elders by Barnabas and Saul. Acts 11:29-30
- Barnabas going
- The Church growing
- Everyone giving
- Christians live out their purpose and work together to love others.
News of this reached the church in Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas to Antioch. When he arrived and saw what the grace of God had done, he was glad and encouraged them all to remain true to the Lord with all their hearts. He was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and faith, and a great number of people were brought to the Lord. Acts 11:22-24