Stories, thoughts and reflections on the Bible from the WSFC Staff.
Let’s keep looking at Barnabas. I really dig this guy and have had a blast writing to you each week about an aspect of his life as found in the Book of Acts. I just returned from a journey in the Footsteps of Paul – including his missionary stops in Athens, Corinth, Ephesus, and Rome. I can say with a great level of certainly that there wouldn’t have been an Apostle Paul without a Barnabas!
In chapter 13 of the Acts of the Apostles (should be called Acts of the Holy Spirit though), we come to the church of Antioch. One of the primary teachers there was Barnabas. Another one was an upstart leader named Saul. We also know him as Paul. Barnabas and Saul did some tag team ministry in Antioch. Barnabas was sent there by the church in Jerusalem – we read of this in Acts 11:22. This life-giving, sacrificial church sent one of their best leaders to Antioch. When Barnabas got to Antioch he “saw the grace of God, he was glad, and he exhorted them all to remain faithful to the Lord with steadfast purpose” (vs. 23). It goes on to describe Barnabas as “a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith” (vs. 24). The result of Barnabas’ ministry in Antioch was that “a great many people were added to the Lord.”
It was there that people were first called…wait for it…Christians.
So much spiritual growth was happening that Barnabas sent for Saul to come help him. They were able to a great deal together.
Everybody needs a wingman (that’s a quote from Top Gun, in case you missed it).
Barnabas and Saul. The dynamic duo.
Not only did they do the work of the Lord together in Antioch, but they were also SENT OUT TOGETHER from Antioch to minister in other areas. Acts 13:2 says, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work for which I have called them. then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off. So, being sent out by the Holy Spirit, they went….”
Sent out together.
This makes me think of the church we are planting in Dallas, Oregon under the leadership of Darrin & Stacy Hausler. At West Salem Foursquare we are like the Jerusalem church – the sending church – giving our best to see the work of the Lord flourish in an other area.
In the coming months we will be laying our hands upon them and their core planting team and sending them out together. What a joy-filled time that will be!