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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
  • 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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