Barnabas - Lutheran Hour Ministries

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Welcome to the ROC!
Lutheran Hour Ministries’
Regional Outreach Conference
Dr. Reed Lessing
Associate Professor
Concordia Seminary—St. Louis
Acts 11:25
“Then Barnabas went to
Tarsus to look for Saul.”
People Mashers
The church has her share of
PEOPLE MASHERS
Not only Judas, Ananias and Sapphira
“The circumcised believers criticized Peter
and said, ‘You went into the house of
uncircumcised men and ate with them?’”
(Acts 11:3)
People Mashers
The church has her share of
PEOPLE MASHERS
Not only Judas, Ananias and Sapphira
“Some men came down from Judea to
Antioch and were teaching the brothers:
‘Unless you are circumcised according to
the custom taught by Moses, you cannot
be saved.’” (Acts 15:1)
People Manipulators
The church has her share of
PEOPLE MANIPULATORS
“When Simon saw that the Spirit was given
at the laying on of the apostles’ hands, he
offered them money and said, ‘Give me also
this ability so that everyone on whom I lay
my hands may receive the Holy Spirit.’”
(Acts 8:18-19)
Acts 4:36-37
“Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus, whom the
apostles called Barnabas (which means
Son of Encouragement = huios
parakleseos), sold a field he owned and
brought the money and put it at the
apostles’ feet.”
Parakleseos
Para = “beside” + Kaleo = “to call”
1 John 2:1 – Jesus is the Paraclete
John 14:16; 15:26; 16:7 – Jesus calls the
Holy Spirit the Paraclete
Acts 11:24
“He was a good man full
of the Holy Spirit.”
Acts 11:25
“Then Barnabas went to
Tarsus to look for Saul.”
Acts 4:36-37
“Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus, whom the
apostles called Barnabas (which means
Son of Encouragement = huios
parakleseos), sold a field he owned and
brought the money and put it at the
apostles’ feet.”
Becoming a Son/Daughter of
Parakleseos
“Everything that was written in the
past was written to teach us, so that
through endurance and the
encouragement (parakleseos) of
Scriptures, we might have hope.”
(Rom. 15:4)
Becoming a Son/Daughter of
Parakleseos
Don't tell it like it is, tell it how it will be.
Biblical examples include:
 Abram/ Abraham
 Jacob/Israel
 Simon/Peter
 Segullah
Becoming a Son/Daughter of
Parakleseos
Be honest and open about our lives!
“We have spoken frankly to you, we have
opened wide our hearts.” (2 Cor. 6:11)
“We were delighted to share with you, not
only the gospel of God but our own lives as
well.” (1 Thess. 2:8)
Becoming a Son/Daughter of
Parakleseos
Be positive!
“The wise in heart are called discerning,
and pleasant words promote instruction.”
(Prov. 16:21)
“Let your conversation be always full of
grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may
know how to answer everyone.” (Col. 4:5-6)
Acts 11:25
“Then Barnabas went to
Tarsus to look for Saul.”
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