Your daily speech and conduct matters. How you act and speak plays a large role in one of two things: (1) Leading someone to Jesus and their embracing God’s grace through salvation, or (2) Hampering someone’s openness to Jesus and the gospel message. Those who are lost can be very touched by the way that you care.
I. ACTS 4.32-33 – THE ATMOSPHERE OF THE EARLY CHURCH:
- 4.32a – Spiritual unity. Of one heart and soul.
- Acts 4.32b – Genuine sharing.
- Acts 4.33a – Strong Preaching.
- Acts 4.33b – God’s grace (a.k.a. favor) was on them.
II. ACTS 4.34-37 – WHAT THIS PRODUCED:
- Acts 4.34-35 – A generic description.
- Acts 4.36-37 – A specific description. A living example.
- Barnabas believed he held all things in trust from God.
- He was happy to do this. Total sincerity. Pure motives.
III. WHY IS BARNABAS’ EXAMPLE SO POWERFUL?
- Acts 4.36 – Barnabas’ name means Son of Encouragement. His real name was Joseph.
- Acts 4.37 – He had an open heart.
- Acts 9.26-27 – He was loyal to others. Love doesn’t abandon those one loves.
- He had a spirit of humility.
- Acts 11.30; 12.25; 13.1; 13.7 – Barnabas listed first.
- Now, compare Acts 13.13, Barnabas will become a # 2. How does he react?
- He was an encourager during times of failure.
- Acts 15.35-41 – with his cousin John Mark. (Colossians 4.10)
- Acts 15.38 NASU: Paul kept insisting that they should not take him. This means Barnabas kept insisting that they should take him.
- Why are we still talking about Barnabas today? Why does he play such a prominent role in the record of the early church?
- Motives matter.
- “There are some people who brighten a room when they enter it. There are others who brighten the room when they leave it.”
- Our evangelistic work doesn’t have to be thought of in terms of a program, it is just the natural result of a changed life that sincerely expresses itself in ways just like Jesus.