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Son of Encouragement
Son of Encouragement
I. The Scriptures tell us of an interesting man
name was Joseph and he was from the
B. No one remembers him by his true name, everyone calls him by his nickname.
C. "Bar” = Son of, and "Nubas” = Encouragement. Or as we know him, Barnabas
II. Barnabas was a name, much deserving of his nickname
first read of his selling his personal property to aid poor Christians in
And Joses, who was also named Barnabas by the apostles (which is translated Son of Encouragement), a Levite of the country of Cyprus, having land, sold and brought the money and laid at the apostles’ feet.
was Barnabas who introduced Paul to the Christians in
word came that people were believing in Christ in
Then news of these things came to the
ears of the church in
Then Barnabas departed for
D. When God requested two men to be sent out to preach the gospel, it was Paul and Barnabas who were picked to go - Acts 13:2
E. When Paul didn’t want to take John Mark on their second trip because John Mark quit on them during the first trip, Barnabas insisted taking him along -- to the point of going separately - Acts 15:37-40
III. Would people say that of us?
A. Are the people you come in contact with day-to-day so uplifted that you could be called the son or daughter of encouragement?
B. Rom. 12:3-8 - Not everyone has the same talents. Some people are better at encouraging people than others. Notice it is a gift from God! We may not be excellent at each of these things, but we should be able show capabilities in each.
C. Encouragement is one of the duties of preachers - Tit. 2:14-15
D. I Thess. 5:9-11 - We should encourage (comfort) and edify each other
E. Further, Paul encourages us to encourage the timid and help the weak - I Thess. 5:14
IV. There are many things in this world that can cause people to be discouraged
A. Sometimes things turn out to be harder than we first imagined
1. Num. 21:4 - The Israelites were discouraged by their journey -
a. I can imagine they thought they would just waltz into the promise land
b. Not only was it hard work, but just getting there was very difficult
had this same problem with the rebuilding of the walls of
3. It doesn’t help when you see other people, who don’t care having an easy time - Ps. 73:2-3
B. It is also discouraging when the things we hope for doesn’t come as soon as we would like - Pr. 13:12
C. Christians need to counter this discouragement.
1. It is not a one time act, but a daily task - Heb. 3:12-13
2. We need to think how we may encourage each other - Heb. 10:23-25
A. I Pet. 3:8 - Live in harmony, be sympathetic, love, be compassionate.
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