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Barnabas

Matt Williams

July 30, 2016 • Acts 4:32-37, 9:26-31, 14:1-11

“God raises up some people, and puts them in key roles where you may never know who they are. But, they play such a significant role in supporting, encouraging, and caring for other people.”-Matt Williams Influence is the culminating result of building character in the first part of life and subsequently gaining credibility. Barnabas,an example of this progression, spent his life influencing in the background. As a testament to the character growth he had experienced in Christ early in his life, he sold a field he owned and brought the money to the apostles, he logged some serious time with a former persecutor of Christians and years following and suffering alongside Paul on his missional journey. Because of this, he developed credibility among the apostles. His opinion was trusted, and he was sought after for encouragement, guidance, and discernment. As he continued to encourage in the shadow of those in the spotlight, his influence on the first church and its impact deepened.

Series Introduction

Summer Series 2016 • June 12, 2016

Grief. Restoration. Leadership. Forgiveness—these are a few topics we see emerge as people in the New Testament encounter Jesus and His Gospel. What can we learn about these same issues as we study these passages together? We hope you will join us for this summer series as we take an in-depth look at several New Testament characters.

Nicodemus

Bill White • June 11, 2016

Nicodemus, a respected Pharisee leader, sought Jesus in the darkness of the night. There the rules and knowledge that Nicodemus had built his life upon were shattered. From his story we learn that nothing is more blinding than knowledge and that Jesus is not an add-on to the life we already have or desire to live. Rather, Jesus wants to remake and transform us to the core of who we are. This is what He does for Nicodemus. When we later meet him, he is wrapping the body of Jesus with spices in broad daylight with the understanding that Jesus is not looking to fix our problems, but rather deliver us from what we know and from the judgment we deserve.

Jairus

Chris Curtis • June 18, 2016

Jairus’ story tells not only of faith that counteracts fear, but of a Savior, who commands it. When Jairus, a respected leader of the synagogue, falls at the Rabbi’s feet in a desperate plea to save his feverous daughter, Jesus turns to address another concern of a nameless woman in agony. Through the healing of this unclean, isolated, and untouched woman, we are introduced to a Jesus who is not constrained by time, status, position, condition, what we’ve done, or our level of need. When Jairus is told that his daughter is dead, Jesus uses the situation to grow Jairus in his faith. He tells him, “do not be afraid, have faith.” In bringing Jairus’ daughter back to life, we are reminded that He is also a Jesus who is not constrained by death; and, who sometimes uses His healing hands to orchestrate restoration in our circumstances and our faith.