|One of the great lessons we learn in Acts 11 is that we must avoid the "Lone Ranger" mentality.|
After the stoning of Stephen, the early church grew beyond Jerusalem. In Antioch the church needed support and the Apostles sent Barnabas. Take a glimpse at his ministry and what he teaches us:
24 for he was a good man, and full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And considerable numbers were brought to the Lord.
|25 And he left for Tarsus to look for Saul;|
|26 and when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. And for an entire year they met with the church and taught considerable numbers; and the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch.|
Did Barnabas try to do all the ministry in Antioch alone?
We have no indication that Barnabas was a complainer, nor of him being a "glory hound" (a person who wants all the credit for group accomplishments).
Barnabas saw the great ministry opportunity in Antioch and sought out Saul (Paul to Apostle) to help him.
Together, and certainly with other helpers, Barnabas and Paul got much more done as a team than Barnabas could do alone.
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