Prophetic Encouragement – fulfilling your destiny in God

Yesterday I preached a remixed version of a sermon i have preached before on Barnabas. I found myself getting all Pentecostal! So if you want the orderly version and a set of notes for this talk, read the old version. If on the other hand, you want to hear what happened when I found myself preaching in The Perfecting Church, a growing, lively church in New Jersey you can listen to the new version here.Here are a couple of key phrases from the talk:In God's kingdom fulfilling your destiny … [Read more...]

Conclusion of the Barnabas serialization

One aspect that we haven’t talked much about is this: Barnabas may well have single-handedly prevented a damaging split in the early church between Antioch and Jerusalem. If you go back and read it, you will see that he was the ‘go-between’ for Peter and Paul-between Antioch and Jerusalem. It wasn’t always easy in that relationship but Barnabas had a foot in both camps. He was a blessing and was described as the ‘chief-mediator’ between those two great centers of the early church by one com … [Read more...]

Barnabas Part Five – Mistakes turned round for good

Barnabas is an encouragement to us in another way: Like so many heroes of the Bible, he wasn’t perfect. Don’t you find that encouraging? God is in the business of using servants who are not perfect, people who blow it, people who make mistakes. Maybe you’re sitting here this morning and you’ve mentally disqualified yourself from being used by God because of mistakes you’ve made in the past, sins you’ve committed in the past. I want to say to you, “There’s another chance for you!” We see in Galati … [Read more...]

Barnabas Part Four– Receiving prophetic encouragement that propels

The Gift of Encouragement from Jubilee Church on Vimeo.In Acts 13 Barnabas himself was encouraged by others. Remember the purpose of prophecy is encouragement. Remember when we say encouragement, we’re not just talking about a warm fuzzy feeling. We’re talking about sometimes being thrust out, our passage begins "and in the church of Antioch, there were prophets and teachers." (Barnabas is at the lead of this list, he seems to be the church leader there.) “Barnabas, Simeon, who was called Nig … [Read more...]

Barnabas Part Three – Encouraging a baby church and an emerging leader

Very soon, Barnabas’ encouragement finds another outlet, another opportunity. We see, in Acts 11, that Barnabas begins to encourage a baby church. A few people don’t wait for the apostles to send them or tell them what to do, they run because of persecution and when they arrive in Antioch they begin to share the Gospel. They don’t wait for headquarters to instruct them, they get on with it. Then, in verse 22 the apostles hear of what’s been happening, people are becoming Christians and a church i … [Read more...]

Barnabas: The Prophetic Gift of Encouragement Part Two

 Downloads: HiDef.  LowDef , DVD Quality or AudioHere is the continuation of an edited transcript of the above sermon which began yesterday:Who did Barnabas Encourage?First of all, and it may seem like a slightly funny place to start, he encouraged his leaders. Have you ever thought about that, that leaders need encouragement too? I know one or two of you are sitting here this morning thinking: “I want to be a leader?” Are you so sure? Leadership can be a real challenge. … [Read more...]

Barnabas: The Prophetic Gift of Encouragement Part One

I have not forgotten my series on Feelings and Faith and will be returning to it shortly. But in the meantime, I want to share with you a sermon I preached over the summer. Video is available to watch online here or you can download both video and audio.  But thanks to the work of Kristen Keating I can share an edited transcript with you over the next few days sermon is one that meant a lot to me, and to a number of listeners. It addresses a very i … [Read more...]