16 Dec Barnabas Factors: Eight Essential Practices for every Christian
There is a book call Barnabas Factors: Eight Essential Practices of Church Planting Team Members, by author and professor J. D. Payne, that describes how Barnabas should be considered as a model for contemporary church planting team members. Each chapter of this work addresses a particular “Barnabas Factor, ” a healthy aspect of Barnabas’ life that assisted in Kingdom expansion.
While I was looking over the eight practices that his book contains that some listed on their blog it got me thinking that really these should be part of every Christians life. So I have taken Payne’s list and add a definition to each practices we all should be doing.
The eight practices include:
1. Walks with the Lord:
- Text: Gen 6:9 These are the generations of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his generation. Noah walked with God.
Col 2:6 Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him,
We should be walking in complete intimacy with God daily, in continual pray, communication with God, seeking His face hour by hour. Under the full control of God, the Holy Spirit.
2. Maintains an Outstanding Character:
- Text: Eph 4:24 and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.
Eph 4:22 “to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires,”
This really boils down to are you walking in Christ, have you put on Christ and put off the old nature, are you walking the walk, living out who you clime to be in Christ.
3. Serves the Local Church:
- 1Co 12:7 To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.
All of 1 Cor 12
No one should be just attending church, every person present should be exercising their Spiritual gifts every take the church gathers. Should be fulfilling their call if they have one within the church.
4. Remains Faithful to the Call
- 1Ti 4:14 Do not neglect the gift you have, which was given you by prophecy when the council of elders laid their hands on you.
- Luke 9:62 But Jesus said to him, “No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”
5. Shares the Gospel Regularly
- Acts 1:7 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth
This should be the way of life for every Christian, sharing the gospel should be their way of life, in words and deeds.
6. Raises Up Leaders
Every Christian should have a Timothy in their lives, some they are disciplining, they should be encouraging everyone to “stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands.” 2 Tim 1:6 We should be equipping other for service to the Lord and the body of Christ.
7. Encourages with Speech and Actions
- Heb 10:24-25 and let us consider one another to provoke to love and to good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.
Every one of our conversations with others in the body should be encouraging them in their walk with Christ, fulfilling their calling and encouraging them in their daily life struggles.
8. Responds Appropriately to Conflict.
- Matthew 18:35 “So My heavenly Father also will do to you if each of you, from his heart, does not forgive his brother his trespasses.”
- Matt 18:23-35 The Parable of. The Unforgiving Servant
- Heb 10:34 And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works,
How we handle conflict really shows where we are in our Christian maturity, show if we really understand the forgiveness in Christ, if we are forgiving then we should have the same attitude towards others as Jesus points out in Matt 18:23-35