So then those who were scattered because of the persecution that occurred in connection with Stephen made their way to Phoenicia and Cyprus and Antioch, speaking the word to no one except to Jews alone. But there were some of them, men of Cyprus and Cyrene, who came to Antioch and began speaking to the Greeks also, preaching the Lord Jesus. And the hand of the Lord was with them, and a large number who believed turned to the Lord. The news about them reached the ears of the church at Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas off to Antioch. Then when he arrived and witnessed the grace of God, he rejoiced and began to encourage them all with resolute heart to remain true to the Lord; for he was a good man, and full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And considerable numbers were brought to the Lord. And he left for Tarsus to look for Saul; and when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. And for an entire year they met with the church and taught considerable numbers; and the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch. Now at this time some prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch. One of them named Agabus stood up and began to indicate by the Spirit that there would certainly be a great famine all over the world. And this took place in the reign of Claudius. And in the proportion that any of the disciples had means, each of them determined to send a contribution for the relief of the brethren living in Judea. And this they did, sending it in charge of Barnabas and Saul to the elders.
Now Joseph, a Levite of Cyprian birth, who was also called Barnabas by the apostles (which translated means Son of Encouragement), and who owned a tract of land, sold it and brought the money and laid it at the apostles’ feet.
God’s method is always men. We look for better institutions. God looks for better men.
I. BARNABAS HAD GENUINE VISION.
Vision is defined as “the ability to see what others cannot see.”
He saw God at work in the MIDST of racial and cultural controversy.
II. BARNABAS MEANS SON OF ENCOURAGEMENT.
WE BELONG ONE TO ANOTHER IN THE BODY OF CHRIST.
The appearance of being committed without actually paying the price of being committed.
III. Barnabas Ministered Encouragement To Great Men, And In The Process, Became A Great Man Himself.
We all have to find our place in the body.
HE SAW THAT EVEN BIG SINNERS LIKE PAUL COULD BECOME BIG SAINTS.
SOME PEOPLE SPEND YEARS LOOKING FOR THEIR PLACE AND IT’S RIGHT IN FRONT OF THEM.
EVERY ONE NEEDS TO BE UNDER AN AUTHORITY SO THAT HE OR SHE MAY SUBJECT THEM SELVES TOO.