How To Be An Encouraging Friend of Faith

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Barnabas : The MVP of Church Members

Acts 4: 36-27
“For instance, there was Joseph the apostles nicknamed him Barnabas, the
encourager He sold a field he owned and brought the money to the apostles for
distribution to those in need.”

Acts 9:23-27
“After a while the Jewish leaders determined to kill Paul.  But Paul heard of their plan, that they were watching the gates of the city. So during the night some of his converts let him down in a basket through an opening in the city wall! Upon arrival in Jerusalem he tried to meet with the believers, but they were all afraid of him. Then Barnabas brought him to the apostles and told them how Paul had been saved”

Acts 13:1-3
“Among the prophets and teachers of the church at Antioch were Barnabas and Symeon.  Dedicate Barnabas and Paul for a special job I have for them.”

Acts 11:23-26
“When the church at Jerusalem heard what had happened, they sent Barnabas to help all the new converts in Antioch. With joy, Barnabas encouraged the believers to stay close to the Lord, whatever the cost.”

How To Be An Encouraging Church Member

1. By over the top generosity
God calls each of us to a life of sacrifice and generosity.
We are to be rivers not reservoirs
We are to be spiritual contributors not spiritual consumers

2. By being personally involved with others
God has called us all to belong to a community
You will never be all God wants you to be without the right people around you
When you have the right people, gathered for the right reasons, God shows up and does the right things.
God has equipped all of us with special abilities

3. By serving with others as God intended you to serve.
God has equipped all of us with special abilities
Serve outside the church to reach the lost
Serve in the church to build up the body