This Sunday I’m starting a new sermon series called “Bold Faith: Biographies.” I’ve been preaching through the book of Acts periodically in 2015 and will continue to do so for the rest of the year. This series will take us through five weeks and through several chapters of Acts. We’ll be looking at believers who exhibited bold faith as they sought to honor Jesus as they put their faith in Him.
Tomorrow we will be learning more about the person named Barnabas. Barnabas’ name means, “son of encouragement.” His life was marked by putting others before himself as he was an encourager to the other believers.
For Sunday: Read the main text of this week’s sermon (Acts 4:32-37)
Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common. 33 And with great power the apostles were giving their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. 34 There was not a needy person among them, for as many as were owners of lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold 35 and laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need. 36 Thus Joseph, who was also called by the apostles Barnabas (which means son of encouragement), a Levite, a native of Cyprus, 37 sold a field that belonged to him and brought the money and laid it at the apostles’ feet.
Ask the Lord to show you how you can place your faith in Jesus boldly through encouraging others. Encouragement is not just simply being nice or pleasant. It is the act of exhorting and loving others for their good and God’s glory. It’s far too easy to be a sinful critic. But to be a loving encourager means sometimes doing things that are not easy or natural. It takes bold faith.