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Barnabas Church

Matt Richards

Acts 9:26,27 When Saul arrived in Jerusalem, he tried to meet with the believers, but they were all afraid of him. They did not believe he had truly become a believer! Then Barnabas brought him to the apostles and told them how Saul had seen the Lord on the way to Damascus and how the Lord had spoken to Saul. He also told them that Saul had preached boldly in the name of Jesus in Damascus.

---- Love Barnabas, known as: 'Son of Encouragement.' Saul was a terrorist and had ordered the arrest and killing of Christians. He gets Radically Saved, totally transformed; but the disciples don't trust him and stay well clear. Barnabas (son of encouragement) takes Saul (now called Paul) in. Not only does he take him in and on, he introduces him to the other apostles and recommends him for ministry. You know i used to want to be one of the 'Sons of thunder' (thought it would be a great name for a motorcycle club.) But the older I get the more I want to be a 'Son of Encouragement' instead. Many years ago prophet Cindy Jacob's said while prophecying over me that i would:" find the Nick Cruz's of this world". What an amazing word that i truly desire to be fulfilled more and more in my life. What she was really saying was, i was gonna be a Barnabas. In fact i want Radical to be a Barnabas church. What do i mean by that. A place where those who have outrageous, criminal, Nick cruz type pasts, radically Saved can be welcomed, trusted and then introduced to the wider body. Oh for a Barnabas people who take risks on people and father a generation of future Pauls. Prayer:

Father Thank You that the Gospel has the power to transform lives. Help me Holy Spirit to see people like Jesus does. Help me to find the Nick Cruz's and release them into their calling, purpose and destiny in Jesus name amen.

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