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barnabas: God’s way is my way

Age: High School, College

INTRODUCTION

Barnabas is the perfect  example of witnessing—He did more than travel from church to church, playing administrator. The Bible says he was a good man, full of faith, full of the Holy Spirit. Witnessing is living and breathing God’s love. Witnessing is using everything we have for God’s glory.  So, in order to be a “real” witness, I need to begin with the basics and ask myself these questions: What do I have that I can use to live and breath God’s love? What are the special buttons and functions that God has created me with? How am I gifted? And how can  I boldly use these gifts to live a life of faith?

CONSIDER

  • Taking inventory of your special gifts and talents by asking others and yourself what your strengths are, and deliberately trying to use some of those skills everyday.
  • Creating a business card  or poster that offers “free” services of your special skills to those in you community, church or work place.
  • Keeping track of your faith walk by starting a two-column journal: column #1—date and description of incident; column #2—date and outcome of  having put incident in God’s hand
  • Starting a yearly indoor/outdoor herb garden that reflects your relationship with God—Plant a new herb for every major trial you overcome by trusting in God 100%
  • Reading through the Gospels and Acts, using a Life-Application Bible.
  • Setting aside a specific time (about 10 minutes) everyday to go to God in prayer and submission, and asking Him to reveal His will and use you as He sees fit.
  • Decorating a quiet corner or room in your house that friends and family can use to relax, reflect, and reconnect with God—Fill it with photo albums, devotionals, poetry, music, potpourri, soft cushions, and knick-knacks.
  • Watching the movie Dead Poet’s Society—In the movie, the teacher urges his student to “seize the day.” What does this mean for you as a Christian?

CONNECT

1 Peter 4:10, 11; Daniel 2:19-30; Ephesians 4:11, 12

Counsels on Stewardship, chap. 24 and 70; The Faith I Live By, chap. 6;Evangelism, chap. 5;

Arthur F Miller, Jr., Why You Can’t Be Anything You Want to Be, chaps. 2 & 7; Donna Partow, Becoming a Vessel God Can Use; Video by Gateway Films/Vision Video—Not Without Hope.

 

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