Barnabas Showed Compassion

Those who teach children should read study #69 for children.

Jesus commanded us to love others, to forgive enemies, and to cooperate with a joyful spirit.

Prayer: “Heavenly Father, we need you to enable us to forgive others, including our enemies, as you have forgiven us.”

1.     Prepare with God’s Word, to serve others with humility and compassion.

Find in Acts 4:34-47 what Barnabas did when there were needy believers in the congregation.

Find in Acts 49:24-27 what Barnabas did when people feared Saul (who later was called Paul).

Find in Acts 11:20-30 …

·         What Barnabas did when despised Hellenists (Greeks) became Christians.

·         What Barnabas did when the Hellenist Christians needed a better teacher.

Find in Acts 15:1-4 what Paul and Barnabas did when Jewish Christians wanted Gentile Christians to adopt Jewish customs.

Find in John 13:34 & 35 what Jesus commanded all of his followers to do.

Find in Matthew 20:1-16 what our attitude should be toward new believers, even though we have worked harder for Christ and suffered more for Him than have they.

Find in 1 Corinthians chapter 13 …

·         Of what value are our gifts if we do not practice them in love?

·         What are the things that love is?

·         What are the things that love is not?

·         What things does love do?

·         What things does love not do?

Find in Luke 23:33 & 34 and Acts 7:58-60 what both Jesus and Stephen prayed, that shows believers what to do about their enemies.

Find in Romans 14:1-5 how believers should regard others who have different opinions about how to serve the Lord Jesus.

 

 

2.     Plan with your co-workers things to do during the week.

Name believers who may be unforgiving or bitter towards those who have wronged them. Go visit those believers and pray with them to forgive their offenders.

Discuss in advance how you will gently counsel believers who say things like this:

·         “So-and-so helped someone else to get a good job, but he has never done anything like that for me.”

·         “So-and-so’s offended me with his teaching years ago, and I will never go back to that congregation.”

·         “I do not like the way So-and-so leads the group, letting ignorant people say silly things.”

·         “I do not want to be around those new-comers with their strange accent and shabby clothing.”

Obtain and read together the “One-Another Commands” of the New Testament in Paul-Timothy Leader Training study number C5e, or use the summary at the end of this study.

3.     Plan with your co-workers the upcoming worship time.

Choose activities that fit the occasion.

Recount or act out some or all of the events of Barnabas’ life, from part 1.

Ask questions based on what you found in part 1.

Have the children present to the adults the drama, poem and questions they have practiced.

Review the one-another commands of the New Testament, and let the believers discuss how they can practice them.

To introduce the Lord’s Table, read or tell the story from John 6:1-14 about how Jesus miraculously provided food for hungry people. Explain how he still provides spiritual food and drink for us believers.

If there is time, have someone read this poem or another one of your choosing.

The Evil One declares his scorn,

Deep gloom will soon make its impression!

I lust to see men grow forlorn

and wallow deep in sad depression!”

Sweet melodies to demon's ears

are men's sad moans and painful sighs.

Hell's Joker smiles to see their tears,

and laughs when their enjoyment dies.

Learn together by memory 1 John 13:14.

Form small groups to confess failures one to another, to pray for enemies, and to encourage one another.

The New Testament 'One-Another' Commands

1. Love

Love one another: John 13:34-35; 5:12 & 17; Romans 12:10; 1 Thessalonians 4:9; 1 John 3:11,14 & 23; 4:7, 11 & 12; 2 John 1:5; 1 Peter 1:22

Love one another to fulfil the law: Romans 13:8

Increase our love one for another: 2 Thessalonians 1:3

Abound in love for another: 1 Thessalonians 3:12

Love each other deeply, to cover a multitude of sins: 1 Peter 4:8

2. Fellowship and reconciliation

Have fellowship one with another: 1 John 1:7

Forgive one another: Ephesians 3:13; 4:32; Colossians 3:13

Greet one another with a holy kiss (an embrace in some cultures): Romans 16:16; 1 Corinthians 16:20; 2 Corinthians 13:12; 1 Peter 5:14

Wait for one another to break bread: 1 Corinthians 11:33 

Bear one another’s sufferings: 1 Corinthians 12:260

3. Serve

Serve one another with the gifts each person has received: 1 Peter 4:10

Serve one another in love: Galatians 5:13

Be kind to each other: 1 Thessalonians 5:15

Care for one another: 1 Corinthians 12:25

Bear the burdens one for another: Galatians 6:2

Wash one another’s feet as a sign of humbly serving: John 13:14

Work with one another: 1 Corinthians 3:9; 2 Corinthians 6:1

4. Teach

Teach one another: Colossians 3:16

Instruct one another: Romans 5:14

5. Encourage

Encourage one another: Colossians 3:16; Hebrews 10:25

Exhort one another: Hebrews 3:13

Speak the truth to one another: Ephesians 4:25

Lay down our lives one for another: 1 John 3:16

Spur one another to love and good deeds: Hebrews 10:24

6. Pray, confess and edify

Pray for one another: James 5:16

Confess our sins one to another: James 5:16

Edify (strengthen, build up) one another: 1 Thessalonians 4:18 & 5:1 & 11

Edify one another, each one with a hymn, a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or its interpretation: 1 Corinthians 14:26

Glorify God together: Romans 15:6

7. Build unity with humility

Honour one another: Romans 12:10

Be of one mind one with another: 2 Corinthians 13:11; Romans 12:16; 15:5

Do not criticize one another: Romans 14:13

Do not speak bad one of another: James 4:11; 5:9

Submit to one another: Ephesians 5:21

Be clothed with humility toward one another: 1 Peter 5:5

8. Live in harmony

Have patience one with another: Ephesians 4:2

Live in peace one with another: Matthew 9:50

Receive one another with hospitality: Romans 15:7; 1 Peter. 4:9

 

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