1) If you want to have a friend then you must be a friend
-Be the kind of friend you want to be
-Take the first step to develop a friendship, don't wait on them, but don't
2) Act Thoughtfully
-Acts 11:25-26- Barnabas goes out of his way for Paul
-Who would go out of their way for you? If you ran out of gas on the side
of the road who would you call because you know they would be there
-Now who would call you in a similar situation? Who thinks highly of you
enough to call you when they are in need and can depend on you to help
3) Friends rejoice with one another
-In Acts 13 this duo goes from being listed as "Barnabas and Paul" to "Paul
and Barnabas" which leads us to believe that maybe Paul has stepped up
as a leader and is successful
-We never read anything to lead us to believe that Barnabas gets jealous
-How are you when a friend receives something whether material or in an
achievement? Are you happy for them or are you jealous?
4) Friends resolve conflict
-On Paul and Barnabas' 1st missionary journey they take Barnabas' cousin
John Mark to assist them but in Acts 13:13 we read that he abandons
-When they go on their 2nd missionary journey Barnabas wants to give
John Mark a 2nd chance but Paul disagrees strongly and so they go their
separate ways- Acts 15:36-40
-Its not the conflict that is always bad because it is usually inevitable. Its
how you handle conflict that matters the most. Do you reflect Jesus in
how you handle the conflict?
-James 1:19-20 tells us how to handle conflict
-As far as we know Paul and Barnabas never re-connect, but about
20 years later when Paul is in prison he tells Timothy in 2 Timothy
4:11 to bring John Mark because he will be helpful. It looks like Paul has
gotten past the conflict and set that aside in order to continue the work
In closing we looked at Romans 5:10-11 and about how we were enemies of God, but Jesus come to make peace between us. We must get to the point where we realize that our relationships are not all about us and our happiness, but that we must bring glory to God through it.
I also want to give credit to Vine Resources for the pics and themes behind these messages. I know this has been a long post but I did not want to merely summarize the sermon and miss a point. We'll have either 1 or 2 more weeks of this Sweet Relationship series according to what God leads us to.