Barnabas may have been the greatest disciple maker in history. When Paul then known as Saul came to Jerusalem the disciples were afraid of him. “Barnabas took hold of him and brought him to the disciples…and he was with them” (A)
Then Barnbas brought Saul to Antioch: “The news…reached the ears of the church at Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas off to Antioch. Then when he arrived and witnessed the grace of God, he rejoiced and began to encourage them all with resolute heart to remain true to the Lord; for he was a good man, and full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And considerable numbers were brought to the Lord. And he left for Tarsus to look for Saul; and…he brought him to Antioch. And for an entire year they met with the church and taught considerable numbers;” (B) The Antioch Church sent Barnabas and Saul out as missionaries and Saul became known as Paul. (C) Barnabas also discipled Mark “Barnabas took Mark with him and sailed away to Cyprus” (D).
Paul then made 3 missionary journeys starting churches in major cities in the Roman Empire and wrote 13 books of the New Testament. Mark wrote one book, therefore Paul and Mark wrote 14 of the 27 books in the New Testament. See the attachment to see the multiplication of the disciple making of Barnabas.
BARNABAS- Disciple Maker Source Iron Sharpens Iron by Howard & William Hendricks
Every Christian was commanded by Jesus to “Go make disciples” (E). If you are 35 years old and disciple 2 people per year for 40 years you would directly disciple 80 people. As your disciples become disciple makers an incredible multiplication process occurs as shown in the chart below.
A disciple maker today could have a greater impact in the next 20-50 years than Barnabas from 40 AD to 70 AD. (Except his disciples writing 14 of 27 NT books) The reasons are 1) that in 50 AD the world population was about 175 million and in 2015 is 7,310 million. This is more than 40 times greater opportunities available today. 2) Communications Technology has increased dramatically from letters and scrolls to telephones, email, social media, internet, printing of bibles and other spiritual leterature, etc; and 3) Transportation has gone from walking and sailing ships to jet aircraft, automobiles, etc. The question is will we drop the baton?
There are effective tools to assist in disciple making that First Baptist Church, Jacksonville, FL is using. Below are links for mens and womens discipleship training books.
Email at firstname.lastname@example.org if we can provide any help in start up.
Henry Luke April 20, 2015
A-Acts 9:26-28; B-Acts 11:22-26; C-Acts 13:1-9; D-Acts 15:39b; E-Matthew 28:18-20