2018-09-08 - Saul and Barnabas
Acts 11:25-26. (NIV)--Then Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul, and when he found him, he brought him to Antioch. So for a whole year Barnabas and Saul met with the church and taught great numbers of people. The disciples were called Christians first at Antioch.
Paul is considered one of the greatest of the Apostles. After his conversion, Paul spread the Gospel to the Gentiles and wrote numerous epistles which are now included in our Bibles. Paul travelled widely in his efforts to convey the Good News. As mentioned last time, Barnabas was instrumental in the church accepting and trusting Saul, who was to be renamed the Apostle Paul.
Later, Barnabas was sent on an evangelism mission to Antioch. When Barnabas saw the spiritual needs of the people of Antioch, he sought out Paul to help them. Barnabas brought Paul to Antioch to help teach these new believers. They spent a year together in Antioch, preaching and teaching. It was in Antioch that these early believers were called Christians, a word that we still use today, 2000 years later.
Barnabas brought unsaved people to his teacher and leader, Paul. Whom can we bring to church with us?
Richard Moser, Jr
All scripture references from NIV (New International Version) unless otherwise noted