Barnabas lived at the same time as Jesus and during the life of the early Christian Church he became instrumental in the spreading of the Christian gospel throughout the Mediterranean. His name means ‘the encourager’ and was given to him by other people. There are more references about Barnabas in the New Testament than some of the original Apostles of Jesus, just look: Acts 4:36, Acts 9:27, Acts 11:22-25, Acts 11:27-30, Acts 13:2, Acts 14:12, Acts 15:1, Acts 15:22-31, Acts 15:36-39, 1 Corinthians 9:6, Galatians 2:1, Galatians 2:13.
We do not have a single word recorded that Barnabas said but his actions obviously spoke louder than his words and that is why he was called ‘the encourager’. Like Barnabas we want to encourage you, support you, and we believe we have a message we want to share with you, it is Good News which opens up a whole new way of life.
May you be encouraged and in turn, be encouragers.
If you have any further questions please e-mail them to me.
Rev. Derek Chandler