Three MUST HAVE Relationships in Your Life (pt. 1 of 3) | Provocative Christian Living
God works through each of the relationships in our lives. He uses a Paul to guide us. He uses a Timothy to help us mature. And He uses a Barnabas to. The seemingly tragic separation of Paul and Barnabas is well known to He was not able, however, to apply the same truth to his relationship with John Acts 9: 26; Colossians ; Acts ; Acts ; Acts ; 2 Timothy ;. But Barnabas remembered. Because of Barnabas' influence, the Antioch church found a place for Paul and helped him develop trusted relationships and a.
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Fellowship is sharing our common lives together in order to exhibit what the Body of Christ is all about. It is about breathing the same air, facing the same challenges, exalting in the same joys and living life, together. First, what about Paul? Here is the big question. Who are you pouring your life into so that they become more like Christ? Who are you guiding into Christian maturity so they can use their life and gifts in service to God and others?
That is what Paul did with Timothy.
Most people shrink back from this thinking that they are not worthy enough, smart enough, or holy enough to lead someone else in following Christ. None of us are. Yet Jesus expects us to do just that. Actually Jesus is the one who makes it possible for us to do that as He lives through us. We are ALL called to make disciples. We are all called to lead someone else closer to Jesus.
The Separation of Paul and Barnabas : Christian Courier
If you are a parent then you are called by God to disciple your children so they become more like Jesus and serve Him in whatever they do. If you know someone who is not a Christian, you are called to be Paul to them by living out your Christian faith in such a way that they want to also follow Jesus. No one is exempt from this. If you have been following Jesus for two weeks and you meet someone who has been following Him for two days, guess what.
You are twelve days further down the road than they are and you can and should be a Paul who helps them navigate their next twelve days. Of course you should still be growing in your relationship to Christ so in theory you are always twelve days ahead. The call to make disciples is for all followers of Jesus.
So in a sense we are all called to be Paul to someone else.
But that also brings up the question of who you are looking to as that Paul in your life. Who is your role model? Who is the person who is following Jesus in a way that you think you should? Who could help you go to the next level in your relationship with Jesus? You see, in addition to being a Paul to someone else, you need a Paul or two in your own life.
He was my first Paul. During my Senior year in High School, Scott would meet with me and a handful of other guys once a week before school. Along the way, however, John Mark decided to return to his home in Jerusalem Acts The reason for his departure is not specified in the sacred text.
Later on, when a second campaign was planned, Barnabas proposed taking Mark as a helper, but Paul resisted the idea. They could not reach an agreement, and so they split up. As far as the sacred record indicates, these two remarkable men never saw one another again.Paul's Love for Timothy (2 Timothy 1:3-5)
The serious Bible student cannot read this episode and not be moved. Nevertheless, there are some vital principles that one may learn from the dispute that developed between these Christian brothers. The rupture involved a personal dispute based upon a judgment call. To their credit, neither Paul nor Barnabas let the conflict distract them from their respective efforts of spreading the gospel. Making application to Christians today, there will always be times when good brethren will disagree in matters of opinion.
The important thing is to keep focused on doing the will of Christ. That is what Paul and Barnabas both did. As a result, perhaps even more work was accomplished for the Lord because of the manner in which their disagreement was handled. Was it Paul, or Barnabas? One simply does not know.
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Some, rather confidently, argue that Paul was just too stubborn to give in.