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Encouragement Over Criticism

Mark Stuenzi
September 6, 2020

There’s no shortage of criticism and negativity in the world today. And in such a time of uncertainty and fear, it’s no wonder. But the story of Barnabas from the book of Acts shows us there is a better way.

The name “Barnabas” means “son of encouragement” and it was the nickname given to an early church leader named Joseph. Joseph was so well known for his encouragement, that his friends decided to call him that instead of his real name. Barnabas was the kind of person who would come alongside the downtrodden and support the underdog. In fact, his commitment to being this kind of person changed the course of Christianity, and in turn the history of the world. Without his support, the Apostle Paul might never have gained acceptance by the early church. And without Paul, our Christian faith would look very different.

In this final message in our series, Dark Horses, we are taking a look at the power of encouragement and how we can be a blessing to those around us simply by choosing to encourage rather than criticize.

Discussion Questions

  1. Describe a time when someone encouraged you, and how that felt.
  2. Why do we often find it easier to be basement people than balcony people?
  3. Is there someone in your life who may need some encouragement right now? How can you give them the encouragement they need?

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