Advent Devotionals

Barnabas: Son of Encouragement

Steve Hoadley

Pastor Steve Hoadley presented, “Barnabas: Son of Encouragement,” during which he pointed out that the Holy Spirit filled Barnabas and was active in his life, allowing him to be the encourager he was. As Steve explained, Barnabas’ real name was Joseph, but his personality to encourage others was so strong that he was known by the name “Barnabas,” which means “Son of Encouragement.” In fact, it was Barnabas who befriended and actually served as a mentor to Paul the Apostle who ended up being used by the Holy Spirit to write most of the New Testament. He also accompanied Paul as a missionary, relieved the fears of those who were reluctant to accept the man who was once Saul, a Christian persecutor, and encouraged John Mark after Paul rejected him as a fellow missionary; the same John Mark that went on to be used by the Holy Spirit to write one of the four Gospels. Pastor Hoadley finished by challenging the men to be involved in the lives of other mean who need mentoring during their Christian walk; and to be encouragers as exemplified by Barnabas.