Throughout history, the Church has been influenced by unsung heroes – unnamed men and women who were significant in fulfilling the purposes of God. In Acts 11:21-30, we meet Barnabas, one such individual. Barnabas played a key role in Paul's ministry by offering compassion, exhortation, and encouragement to others, ever on the lookout for the evidence of God's grace. The Church today continues to need faithful, Spirit-filled individuals who will invest their time and effort to extend warmth, kindness, compassion and encouragement – men and women who will dare to be a Barnabas!
26The kings of the earth set themselves,
and the rulers were gathered together,
against the Lord and against his Anointed’5—
27for truly in this city there were gathered together against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, 28to do whatever your hand and your plan had predestined to take place. 29And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant to your servants6 to continue to speak your word with all boldness, 30while you stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” 31And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness.
32Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common. 33And with great power the apostles were giving their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. 34There was not a needy person among them, for as many as were owners of lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold 35and laid it at the apostles' feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need. 36Thus Joseph, who was also called by the apostles Barnabas (which means son of encouragement), a Levite, a native of Cyprus, 37sold a field that belonged to him and brought the money and laid it at the apostles' feet.
19Now those who were scattered because of the persecution that arose over Stephen traveled as far as Phoenicia and Cyprus and Antioch, speaking the word to no one except Jews. 20But there were some of them, men of Cyprus and Cyrene, who on coming to Antioch spoke to the Hellenists3 also, preaching the Lord Jesus. 21And the hand of the Lord was with them, and a great number who believed turned to the Lord. 22The report of this came to the ears of the church in Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas to Antioch. 23When he came and saw the grace of God, he was glad, and he exhorted them all to remain faithful to the Lord with steadfast purpose, 24for he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And a great many people were added to the Lord.
We live in a world that is preoccupied with personality, and the influence of high-profile celebrities has a significant impact on the way people think and live. In contrast to this cult of human personality, the Bible is filled with examples of how God delights in using ordinary people in extraordinary ways.
These studies recount the lives of biblical characters that were used by God much like a clay pot in the hands of its maker. Some will be familiar and others will be new found friends. Through them we’ll discover the characteristics which mark useful people and see the potential of an "ordinary" person who is taken up and used by God for His eternal purposes -- like a jar of clay.
|Son of Encouragement||Acts 4:26-37 Acts 11:19-24|
|Good News in a Bad News World||2 Kings 5:1-14|
|Five Words on Daniel||Daniel 6|
|Down in the Valley||1 Kings 19:1-18|
|Climbing On Track||Joshua 14:6-15|
|Used Of God||Acts 9:10-20|
|That's What Friends Are||Philippians 2:19-30|
|A Call to Service||1 Corinthians 16:5-12|
We live in a world that is preoccupied with personality and the influence of high-profile celebrities has a significant impact on the way people think and live. In contrast to this the bible is filled with examples of how God delights in using ordinary people in extraordinary ways.
These studies recount the lives of biblical characters that were used by God much like a clay pot in the hands of its maker. Some will be familiar and others will be new-found friends. Through them we’ll discover the characteristics which mark useful people and see the potential of an "ordinary" person who is taken up and used by God for His eternal purposes - like a jar of clay.
Topics: Gideon, Paul, Blind Man, Leaving a Legacy, David, Daniel
|Gideon: Seeing God's Strength||Judges 6:1-40|
|Gideon: God's Choice||Judges 7:1-25|
|Stay the Course||Daniel 6:1-22|
|The Cry of a Fallen Leader||Psalms 51:1-19|
|What Is Your Legacy?||2 Timothy 4:1-8|
|Testimony of a Preacher||1 Corinthians 2:1-5|
|An Encounter with Christ||Luke 18:35-43|
|Can God Use Me?||2 Corinthians 4:7|