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January 14, 2022 7:00 am
We can all use a little encouragement today.
Listen close Adrian Rogers every Peanuts comic strips where she's talking to Charlie Brown Charlie Brown pictures on the cruise ship in different ways. Some people put the deck chairs so they can see where they go so they base this one other people. The bacteria so they can see where they have bad face this one.
Some people put their pictures this way so they can see where they are to Charlie Brown basin I can get mine unfolded Charlie Brown's in this world and they need to be encourage, I will give you today five way that you can be an encouragement welcome to love found truth of the gospel.
Practical and humorous messages of Adrian Rogers of the book of acts tells the story of a man called Barnabas, which translates to son of consolation Barnabas is gift for encouragement was a notable contribution to the early church, an example for each of us to follow.
If you have your Bible turn out of the book of ask chapter 4 will begin in verse 36 is Adrian Rogers reveals five ways you can encourage others if I could just model and molded church member.
I church member of my dreams. What would you like well he would be like the man that would generate about the day a man named Barnabas was a man who had a gift and his gift was the gift in judgment. He was an encourager.
The Bible calls them here some consolation look at it. Verse 36 and Joseph's goodbye. The apostles was surnamed Barnabas when it says by the apostles. He was surnamed Barnabas. That means that's a name that his parents did not give him but the apostles looked at him and said look, look how he encourages other people where you give him the nickname Barnabas which is by interpretation, the son of consolation now, Lord, consolation is what we don't use very much today, but it actually means encouragement. So here is Bonnie who is the son of encouragement. He was a Levite and of the country of Cyprus, having land was sold and brought the money and laid at the apostles feet.
Now the word encouragement of consolation is the Greek word, we get the word Paraclete toasts are the word of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is called the comfort tour. He is called the Paraclete, the Greek word Paraclete toasts. It's the same. So here's a man who is doing for the people what the Holy Spirit does for the child of God who comes inside us alongside us to encourage us to give us comfort to give us hope to give us help to get us on our way and I've come to live long enough to see that there is not a mother's child in this world that does not need any encouragement you know that is true. I love to be encouraged. I need encouragement. I'm so grateful for people who encourage me not to. I don't like to be around discouraging people I sometimes we have to comes with the territory.
The fleas come with a doll like me around discouraging people. Some people I know are like a drink of water to a drowning man.
I mean, they just their discouragements. Now, here was a man. Thank God, who could lift your spirit know why discouragements of bad discouragement opens the door for all other kinds of sins and they somebody said discouragement is a dark room where the negatives of failure are developed be doing the Bible. The Bible calls God the God of all encouragement. Let me reverse before we get into a text, Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the father of mercies and God of all comfort is the same word is the same word that is used here for consolation and Lord comfort. The word consolation actually means in encouragement. God is the God of encouragement. That means that God is corner the market on encouragement. He's the God of all that God is the God of all encouragement. The devil is the sinister minister. This encouragement discouragement comes from the devil levitating discouragement is a major cause of failure build glass was a pro football player.
I watched him when he played for Baylor University build glass, a mighty man of God as a prison ministry build glass was preaching the 1000 inmates. He said I will ask a question how many of you those of you were here in prison. How many of you had a father who told you one of these days you're going to end up in prison. Almost every one of them lifted his name. Think about one of these days you are going to end up in prison and that's exactly what they did.
Discouragement is such a cause of failure. I love people who believe it can be done. I will be surrounded by people who believe it can be done in the football Hall of Fame is a man Bobby Lane. The picture's head body.
I never lost a football game just ran out of time, highlight that I believe that we need to encourage one another.
There is a Scripture. First Thessalonians chapter 5 verse 14. Now we exhort you, brethren warned them that unruly comport the feeble minded support the week. Be patient toward all men. I would take phrase out of that comfort the feebleminded we save a person whose people my way.
Think of someone who's senile you think of somebody who is mentally handicapped.
That's not the word here means the word here. Feebleminded actually means someone with a small soul. Somebody who is small soul to be somebody who is discouraged and what he is saying here is encourage the disparate command from Almighty God, and are so many people who need to be encourage some in your own family every peanuts in the comic strips.
Lucy is talking to Charlie Brown. She's a Charlie Brown. People put the deck chairs on the cruise ship in different ways. Some people put the deck chairs so they can see where they go so they face this with other people put their daycare so they can see where they have been in the face of this, what some people put their deck chairs this way so they can see where they are to a Charlie Brown piece and I can't get mine unfolded Charlie Brown's in this world and they need to be encourage, I will give you today five way that you can be an encourager and if you will take these five ways and do these five things you will be a precious friend. The church member of my green five ways that you can be a Barnabas. Five ways that you can encourage people in your family in your neighborhood in your school on your team and where ever you go and were going to find those five things things that Barnabas did, I would take from the book of acts five places where Barnabas encouraged other people already ready for these five things and I want you to put them in the first person point number one. I will encourage others by practicing stewardship. I will encourage others by practicing stewardship now are to read verses 36 and 37 Blessed read it again and Joseph's by the apostles with surname Barnabas, which is being interpreted, the sum of consolation that is of encouragement, a Levite of the country of Cyprus, having land, sold it and brought the money and laid it at the apostles feet.
Now there was a man who had much to give.
There was persecution in Jerusalem and there was poverty in Jerusalem and there was a need Barnabas who was an encourager so I need and he moved in to meet that need.
Now Barnabas knew there was a difference and I want to listen this carefully. There's a difference between ownership and stewardship. Now many of us just made your own ownership, but what we really doing is just managing the affairs of God. We don't really own anything and by the way talking about that. I went out tomorrow. I need some money. I forgot to get a money I really need hundred dollars Wally yet hundred bucks do we sent his current hundred dollars I get. Thanks, Osgood had church members like Melissa. Where was I bought this on the mood and the I know I like doing anything else until I explained that I is mine. I gave to them for the service. I say why when I forgive it back just getting back to me, that which is already mine is not right. I gave it to him I had ever right password back right. What do you have a God is not already first given you doesn't have any right to ask for if he placed it in your hands. When I received was a man whom God is given much and he saw me and he moved in. Now I went to men's prayer breakfast some years ago, the man, a businessman got a businessman named Stanley Pam a said many wonderful things but he said one thing that I whipped out my pen and I wrote it down in a hurry. Let's not forget it. I will put it in your mind right now. What's in the template in my mind. He said this and listen to it is what you so that multiplies, not what you keep in the barn is what you so that multiplies, not what you keep in the bar. If Barnabas had this money we would not be talking about him.
On this particular part right now we say pastor I just I am not rich I have nothing to sell and therefore this doesn't apply to me.
Oh yes it does apply to you all the money to give you can give love you can give help you can give time you can give wisdom. I was real weird accept three verse six we read about some other apostles may not rich like Barnabas was read there in acts chapter 3 verse six there was a man lying at the gate who needed help.
What did Peter and John say to him, silver and gold have I done, but such as I have my own to the God like an SUV.
What you don't have you and get what you doing love, time, help prayer ministry to see an encourager is a person who understands that he or she is a student that which God has placed in the hands what ever it may be.
We have a ministry here biblical car care. We have a group of men who are mechanics who set up shop and the widows in our church. You don't know much about getting their automobiles assessed the oil changed in all these things can bring their automobiles there and these men get their hands greasy stick to hidden beneath the hoods of those automobiles in the name of Jesus to minister to these widows, such as I have give I to the best so many people in our world today that need to be in courage and so the Bible says in Galatians chapter 6 and verse two bear one another's burdens friend just say I will be an encourager by practicing stewardship.
What ever I have when I see a need. I'm going to move him to meet that need, and you will encourage somebody I know there's a neighbor next to you the need some help. I know as a person in your skill that need some help. I know as a friend in need some help. Why don't you and the name of Jesus move alongside that person is a such as I have give I unto the if you do you be acting like Barnabas bears the second principle I will encourage others not only by practicing stewardship but I will encourage others by extending friendship measuring book of acts. Fast forward to chapter 9.
Look, if you will, in verse 22, but Saul increased the more strength and confounded the Jews which dwelt at Damascus, proving that this is very Christ. You understand the soul had been an enemy of the church and now he is a friend. He's been saving. He's preaching Jesus and after many days were fulfilled.
The Jews took counsel to kill him, but that lying awake was known of Saul and they watch the gates day and night to Kelly a citizen as he comes out we going to killing the disciples took him by night, that his soul and let him down by the wall in a basket and others have been the mighty Pharisee. This man was so much zeal to destroy the church of Christ in here is a man with so much authority. Now I see him humbling himself sitting in a basket and furtively being let down over wallet nighttime and when Saul was come to Jerusalem. He is saved to join himself to the disciples but they were all afraid of him on the score that why shall it be afraid of him even having been killed, thrown into prison and everything else and now he's between these people who want to killing. On the one hand and his own brothers and sisters in Christ, but not afraid of him and the Bible says and they were all afraid of him and believe not. He was a disciple, but now look in verse 27 Barnabas I missed all that but Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles and declared to them how he had seen the Lord in the way and that he had spoken to him and how he had preached boldly at Damascus, in the name of Jesus. Thank God for Barnabas about what was Barnabas doing now Barnabas is extending friendship. He is encouraging Paul by extending love and friendship. Paul needed somebody to love him. He's lost all of his old friends and his new friends are suspicious of him surgeon between Chuck Colson of Watergate thing called a hatchet man gave his heart to Christ. Nobody would trust all is just a political call is foxhole religion very was is warmer present now in disgrace's balls, but there were some friends that put their arms around Chuck Colson early and I was one of the many Maryland and encouraged him in the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank God that I love gumption and have the ability and the opportunity to do that here is Barnabas who finds a new believer and makes a friend out of somebody said a friend a true friend is somebody comes in when everybody else goes out you know what is wrong when many children don't learn how to befriend the new believer, we think were having fellowship with many of our churches are sacred societies for snubbing centers. We need to practice friendship and we need to take these new believers and encourager. Barnabas said you have to be afraid of Saul. He's been saying welcome him. Now I can seal Simon Peter reaching out and giving to Paul a big bear hug and welcome brother friend. That's what the church of the Lord Jesus Christ needs today.
We need some Barnabas is always included by Manning Barnabas is what he wrote. Now the God of patience and consolation.
Most tips about the God of patience and encouragement grant you to be like-minded one toward another. According to Christ Jesus, that she may with one mind, and with one mouth glorify God, even the fall of our Lord Jesus Christ. Wherefore, receive ye one another as Christ also received us to the door God. Paul knew what it was to be received. He knew what it was to be encourage, so you have more than money to get you can give friendship what interest God, God give me a new member in the church that I might encourage our newborn Christian newborn babies need love John Stossel ABC thing you watching on television. I did a documentarian that only sees 2020 and he talked about how psychiatrists are giving psycho therapy to newborn babies are to babies that are not yet year old and some of these babies are older than a year old with a being given psychotherapy and these babies who are hurt or harmed emotionally. Babies could never, for whatever reason, receive eye contact not been touched and not been hug, who not been kissed not been held close and that these babies were developing at a very early age.
Psychological problems and that statistic proof to show that those babies don't receive this love in their first year of life grow to be cold and indifferent and some of them brutal and so actually giving psychotherapy little babies that here's the kicker, and the whole thing that programs of this that it is virtually him possible to spoil a baby. The first year of his or her life.
You can get one too much left.
You can spoil kids but it is virtually impossible to spoil a baby.
The first year of his life. All of the law of all of the attention all of the hugging all of the kissing all the conflict you want to do just do it and I want to say.
Correspondingly, it is virtually impossible to spoil a newborn Christian M they need to be law they need to be included.
May God give us a check. Sis you want to be a Barnabas friend then you practice stewardship and it goes beyond money.
You want to be a Barnabas then you practice friendship. You want to Barnabas. Here's the third thing I want to say about yourself.
I will encourage others by building partnership by building partnerships, stewardship, friendship, map partnership.
Look, if you will, in acts chapter 11 beginning in verse 20 in reading about four verses here now. What is happened in the early church is a revival has broken out in Antioch, and God is just doing incredible things in Antioch now watch verse 20 and some of them were men of Cyprus and Cyrene, which when they were come to Antioch spake unto the Grecians preaching the Lord Jesus was with them and a great number believed and turned to the Lord in tidings of those things came onto the ears of the church which was at Jerusalem know what and they sent for us, that he should go as far as Antioch when he came had seen the grace of God and was glad and exhorted them all that with purpose of heart. They should cleave unto the Lord for he was a good man and following goes and faith and much people was added to the Lord well was happened is this revival had broken out of Daniel, the headquarters of the Christian Church of that big time was in Jerusalem and the word of God was going out from Jerusalem beginning Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria. The uttermost parts of the earth and so they find out who these people in Antioch want to label me. Are they right or the Orthodox is this occult is this a breakaway movement. We need to send somebody down there to investigate to see if there really should we send you think they chose they chose Barney to Bonnie and check that bunch out. We held Barnabas goes down there and he says he saw the grace of God about that how you see the grace of God. What color is what size is and how much does it weigh friend I tell you when you get in the service where God is present. You see the grace of God I will have to measure up a latte.
It is there. You could tell when God is on the congregation.
He walked and then said good night. God is all over this place. He saw the grace of God, and he went back and he reported that these are brothers and sisters and we need to get with them. It was not a divider wall building the bridge built. Caesar built walls of bridges, by the way, but it was a man who got people yelling.
He encouraged others by building partnerships and coming up on Monday will hear part two of this important and encouraging message in the meantime maybe you have a prayer request that you'd like to share that love worth finding. It's one of our great honors to come alongside you, and pray with you and for you if you can go to our website LWF.org/radio and scroll down to find our prayer wall you find the option they are to either submit a prayer request or pray for others. This resource is one of our favorite ways to keep the ministry in the community praying continually for one another's needs F you like a copy of today's message.
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