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Barnabas. First mentioned in Acts 4:32-37 Joseph was a Levite from Cyprus Apostles nicknamed him Barnabas “ son of encouragement ” He gave because of his care for other brethren His example was encouraging Macedonians’ example was encouraging 2 Cor. 8:1-5. Barnabas.

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Barnabas

Barnabas

  • First mentioned in Acts 4:32-37

  • Joseph was a Levite from Cyprus

  • Apostles nicknamed him Barnabas

  • “son of encouragement”

  • He gave because of his care for other brethren

  • His example was encouraging

  • Macedonians’ example was encouraging 2 Cor. 8:1-5


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Barnabas

  • Next mentioned in Acts 9:27

  • Saul persecuted the church but then became a disciple in Damascus 9:1-25

  • He desired to be with saints in Jerusalem v.26

  • They were afraid of him v.26

  • Barnabas spoke up for him v.27

  • He gave proof of Saul’s conversion v.27

  • Barnabas understood importance of fellowship

  • The result was peace and growthv.31


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Barnabas

  • Sent to Antioch by the apostles Acts 11:19-26

  • Cornelius was first Gentile convert 10:1-11:18

  • Antioch was the first integrated church v.19-20

  • Socially delicate situation required peacemaker

  • A good man Luke 18:19

  • Full of the Holy Spirit Eph. 5:18-19, Col. 3:16

  • Full of faithEph. 3:16-19

  • He looked for Paul and used him v.25-26

  • Rejoiced in God’s grace v.23

  • Continue with purpose of heart v.23


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Barnabas

  • Sent by Antioch to Judea Acts 11:27-30, 12:25

  • A famine was prophesied v.28

  • Disciples decided to do something about it v.29

  • Sent fellowship by trusted messengers v.30; Acts 15:26

  • Sent to elders of each church in Judea v.30; 1 Peter 5:1-4

  • Returned to (not from) Jerusalem 12:25


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Barnabas

  • Sent by Holy Spirit to Cyprus, Pamphylia, Pisidia, LycaoniaActs 13:1-14:28

  • Fasted and prayed first v.2

  • Then called by the Spirit v.2

  • The church obediently sent them v.3

  • Saul becomes Paul; more prominent v.9

  • Persecuted but persistent; rejoicedv.44-52

  • Refused to be honored for God’s power 14:8-18

  • Encouraged new converts v.23-25

  • Encouraged Antioch by reports v.28


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Barnabas

  • Stood for truth; stood for Gentiles Acts 15:1-35

  • Did not compromise v.2

  • Resolved problem by going to its source (Jerusalem) v.1-2; 24

  • Gave proof of God’s approval v.12

  • Trusted to take Jerusalem letter to Gentiles v.26-27

  • Encouraged church with truth v.30-31

  • However, application was inconsistent with professionGalatians 2:1-13


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Barnabas

  • Dispute with Paul Acts 15:36-40

  • Over John Mark the quitterv.38; 13:13

  • Over John Mark the cousinColossians 4:10

  • Good brethren can have different opinions

  • Do not have to remain together 1 Cor. 9:6

  • Instead of two (Paul and Barnabas) or three (Paul, Barnabas and Mark), four men (Paul and Silas and Barnabas and Mark) worked

  • Barnabas was right about Mark 2 Tim. 4:11

  • Or Barnabas made Mark useful


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Barnabas

  • Known by the apostles as an encourager

  • A generous giver

  • A fellowship-minded Christian

  • God called him good

  • Taught many others

  • Serve God with purpose of heart

  • Rejoiced though persecuted

  • Defended the truth though he didn’t perfectly apply it

  • Saw the best in people


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