I must admit I have always enjoyed repeating the name of Barnabas. Why, I do not know, it just has a special touch to it. More than that here is a person early in the New Testament church that stands heads and shoulders above many. Someone had replied that Barnabas is the kind of member the church needs. Why is this statement true? One must read the previous verses in Acts 4:36-37 and Acts 9:26-28 that make reference to Barnabas. It is said that “he had a stewardship rather than an ownership view of property”. Think about that statement. He was also called by the Apostles as “The Son of Consolation”. Please read these few short verses in Acts chapters 4, 9 and 11 to get the “Bio of Barnabas”. Acts 11:24 may be the verse that would cap his life as defined by his fellow believers, “he was a good man”. Notice the characteristics of a good man.
• We know that Barnabas was a good man because of what he saw. “When he…had seen the grace of God”. But how can one see the grace of God? Barnabas saw God’s grace through the changed lives of these new Christians. It means that Barnabas saw souls saved and lives changed. Here they “were first called Christians.”
• We know that Barnabas was a good man because of what he felt. What were his innermost reactions when he saw the grace of God? —Verse 23 tells us—“he was glad”. He certainly felt a thrill when he saw what God was doing in their midst. Notice that he was rejoicing although he was only seeing what God had done through others. Can we do that also?
• We know that Barnabas was a good man because of what he said. Speech is a good barometer of character, and our tongues certainly have a great power for good or evil—look up James 3:1-11. In verse 23 of Acts 11, we are told that Barnabas “exhorted them all, that with purpose of heart they would cleave unto the Lord”. No doubt Barnabas meant to encourage the new converts, to urge them to be “out and out”, steadfast believers and to help them to “look unto the Savior” in order to stay close to Him. Barnabas had the ability to draw people unto himself however he pointed them to the Lord Jesus.
• We know that Barnabas was a good man because of what he did. There is something very wonderful indicated in verses 25-26. Barnabas sent for Paul, “the better man”, the abler man, the more gifted man. This was a mark of true humility and spiritual insight. He did not say, “I will keep this work in my own hands.” He desired for God’s work to reach a greater height.
• We know that Barnabas was a good man because of what he was. The real test is not what we see, feel, say or do, but what we are; and verse 26 tells us that Barnabas lived a whole year among the Christians at Antioch, which suggest that his life was consistent. He practiced what he preached. How greatly our churches need members of the caliber of Barnabas. But what was the secret of his life of goodness? Was he inherently good in himself? No, the secret is in verse 24—“he was full of the Holy Ghost and of faith”.
We want to be a Barnabas but we have the tendency to emphasis our failures.
Failure is not necessary; Failure is always possible; Failure need never be final
Teens, please plan on joining us as we head up to Liberty Baptist Church’s youth rally on Saturday (9/20). We’ll meet at 10:30 in the lower parking lot. The cost is $5 for the rally and bring extra money for dinner on the way home. For questions or more information, please contact Youth Pastor Kirk Harrell (461-5561 Ext 136 or email email@example.com)
Support for the Bus Days outreach will continue on Saturday (9/20) at 9:30 am at the Welcome Center. All Adult Sunday School classes and ministries have been assigned a bus captain to assist in reaching new bus riders during the bus days. Even if you don’t have Sunday School class, please plan on joining the bus captains at the Welcome Center to head out to their assigned bus route areas. For questions or more information, please contact Pastor Scott Northcutt (461-5561 Ext 137 or email firstname.lastname@example.org)
Please plan on joining us this Thursday (9/11) at Missionary Dr. Wayne Sehmish will be preaching!
The Lighthouse Bible Institute’s Sunday classes will commence this Sunday (9/7) at 4:00 pm. Please see our web site for class schedule and location. For questions or more information, please contact Brother Prock (461-5561 Ext 115 or email email@example.com)
Last week, we were looking at Stephen one of those chosen by the Apostles in the early days of the New Testament church. Today, we need to look at another one of those chosen at the same time to assist the Apostles in the ministry of the growing church. Evidently after these men had served in the capacity they were chosen for they then moved to other challenges that the Holy Spirit had selected them to fulfill. Of course, we learned from Acts chapter six that Stephen after addressing those called, ”the people and the elders and the scribes…” was stoned to death and became the first New Testament martyr.
We now come to chapter eight of Acts and one named Phillip also chosen to serve with Stephen was sent on a special ministry to the city of Samaria (remember God’s admonition to the church in the Great Commission Samaria was on the list). Acts 8:8 sums up his ministry in the city of Samaria, “And there was great joy in that city”. Why? he preached Christ to them. But immediately after this great revival God hastened him off to the desert to minister to only one man. We must read again this exciting story of New Testament evangelism in Acts 8:26-40. Time and space will not permit us to discuss all the exciting happenings in this special salvation experience. I shall use the word “OPEN” to alert us of the exciting things that transpire in these few verses. The person in the story is, “A man of Ethiopia, an eunuch of great authority under Candice queen…” This is the OPEN ROAD Phillip traveled.
• Then we have the OPEN BOOK IN VERSE 28 OR THE BOOK Of ISAIAH.
• Verse 31 indicates to us that there was an OPEN MIND. He said, “I need someone to guide me.”
• Verse 35 tells us, “Then Phillip OPENED HIS MOUTH”. Here we have Phillip explaining to the Ethiopian that this was Jesus.
• Now we have an OPEN HEART as he stated in verse 37, “I Believe”.
• Verse 38 relates to us that there was OPEN WATER because he now wanted to be baptized.
• Verse 39 say that immediately, Phillip was caught away and the Eunuch saw him no more. Now we have the OPEN HEAVEN.
Please plan on joining us on Sunday (8/31) evening for our Annual Old Fashioned Sunday service. Dress up or down and spend some fun time with the whole family. Stay after the evening service for Food (Pizza; Chicken; Root Beer Floats), Fun (Leadership Dunk Tank; Balloon Jumpers for the kids) and good, old-fashioned Fellowship.
Teens, please plan on joining us on Friday (8/29) at 6:30 pm in the Main Auditorium for a special Youth Rally. Our special speaker will be Pastor Charlie Clark (Solid Rock Baptist Church, Berlin NJ). For questions or more information, please contact Youth Pastor Kirk Harrell (461-5561 Ext 136 or email firstname.lastname@example.org)
Please be in prayer for the Lighthouse Christian Academy’s Revival meetings this Monday through Friday (8/25-8/29). Our special speaker will be Pastor Charlie Clark III (Solid Rock Baptist Church, Berlin NJ). Everyone is welcome to join us in the Lower Auditorium at 8:40 am.
Also, there will be a special Parent’s Session with Pastor Clark on Tuesday (8/26) at 7 pm in the Lower Auditorium
For questions or more information, please contact the LCA Principal Art Champagne (461-5561 Ext 131 or email email@example.com)
I trust that you are taking a fresh look at the “road map” for the New Testament local church found for us in the 5th book of the New Testament called Acts. This is our ninth study. We must be reminded occasionally that the Lord has not left us in the dark as to the church and our responsibility toward it.
We come now to a chapter that has drawn much attention in our study of the local church. This chapter gives us insight as to the type of persecution that was found in the early church. There were problems within the body and the last verses of this chapter indicate to us that there was persecution from without. We must be reminded that the building of the church is the work of the Lord Jesus Christ as we are told that He is the builder of the church. He has told us that “He will build the church”. The Holy Spirit is the administrator of the church and He is working through yielded Christians as He did in this passage. We must also remember that here we have the beginnings of the church and its establishment and we are perhaps working on the flip side. Many believe that we are approaching the coming of Christ for His church. Are there lesson we should learn about the work of the church in this passage before us?
• God’s plan for His Church/work is multiplication. We note that this word is used rather often in the early chapters of Acts. If nothing else it means “greatly increasing”. From Pentecost on there were great in gatherings of precious souls. Acts 2:42, “And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.”
• Multiplication many times brings murmuring as indicated in this passage. It was a conflict between the Greek-speaking Jews and the Jerusalem Jews. The problem was quickly settled however it was the murmuring that was the problem. The widows were being neglected.
• Christian leaders must fearlessly guard His work for His glory. In this happening a quick adjustment following a wise decision prompted a good outcome. Those of us who have been involved in God’s work realize that misunderstandings do occur but God wants to help us.
• God’s workers must stay at their appointed task. Notice in verse 4 the leadership recognized their calling and the work God had appointed them to fulfill. This is a powerful lesson that is being taught to the young early church but a lesson that is to be followed.
• Care must be taken in appointing leaders. Thank God He has given to us a very great example of our task of leadership and spiritual discernment from this passage in Acts 6. Here we have God’s standard for leaders to be selected and serve. The basis for their leadership was spiritual. The first two names do appear in a very important place in the early church.
• Perhaps Romans 12:10 might be the verse to share at this time, “Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another. The names of these 7 chosen seem to have Greek names. Remember it was the Grecians that had the complaint. Maybe there is a lesson here in that the Holy Spirit used those of the same grouping to help settle the problem.
• When we as God’s servants act wisely under His direction His work will prosper. Verse seven, how can we say it, it is a very sweet verse. Read again verse seven and see how much the Holy Spirit has packed into this verse. What a great outcome.
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