The Ministry of Encouragement
A quick character study of Barnabas
Terry Powell | posted 4/09/2012
Four stories in Acts feature Barnabas. While his birth name was Joseph, the apostles started calling him Barnabas, which means "Son of Encouragement." What a compliment: they changed his name to match his behavior!
Read the four passages that feature Barnabas, keeping the context in mind: Acts 4:32-37, Acts 9:22-30, Acts 11:19-26, and Acts 15:36-41. Use the following questions to discuss Barnabas' ministry and impact.
- What character traits described Barnabas? (Look for what is stated as well as implied by what he said or did.)
- Why are these particular traits prerequisites for the ministry of encouragement?
- Who did he encourage in these passages? (Cite individuals and groups.)
- What did he say or do to encourage people?
- What were the ultimate results of his encouragement of those individuals or groups? (Think ahead to what those churches or individuals accomplished.)
- What principles about the ministry of encouragement can you glean from these passages?
- When you see or hear the word "encourager," who comes to mind? Why?
- Which of Barnabas' methods of encouragement are most applicable to relationships within our group?
|Topics:||Bible study, Curriculum, Discussion starters, Encouragement|
|Date Added:||April 09, 2012|