Barnabas Builds

Sermon from CCM Fallowfield

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This sermon was preached by Tim Simmonds at the Fallowfield site of Christ Church Manchester on Sunday 8th May 2022.

BIBLE VERSES

 

This sermon was based on Acts 4:32-37.

They Had Everything in Common

32Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common. 33And with great power the apostles were giving their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. 34There was not a needy person among them, for as many as were owners of lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold 35and laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need. 36Thus Joseph, who was also called by the apostles Barnabas (which means son of encouragement), a Levite, a native of Cyprus, 37sold a field that belonged to him and brought the money and laid it at the apostles’ feet.

KEY POINTS

How Did Barnabas Build With His Giving?

• Barnabas rearranging his life so he could give.
• Example of giving big.
• Humble giving.
• Giving for the future.

Controversial Giving

• We don’t talk about money.
• Advancing God’s Kingdom
• Giving builds.

Ananias and Sapphira – Acts 5:1-11

Barnabas – Went out his way to give.
Ananias & Sapphire – Went out of their way to hold back.
Barnabas – Costly giving.
Ananias & Sapphira – Looking generous, without being generous.
Barnabas – Humble giving.
Ananias & Sapphira – Cynical giving.
Barnabas – Gave for the future.
Ananias & Sapphira – Gave for their future.

Recommended Resource(s)

• Find out more about Give Big May 2022.

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