North Anderson Baptist Church
Who's Your ONE - 2020 - Barnabas' One
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  • North Anderson Baptist Church
    2308 N Main St, Anderson, SC 29621, United States
    Sunday 10:30 AM
After a distinguished performing career, virtuoso violinist Jascha Heifetz accepted an appointment as professor of music at UCLA. Asked what had prompted his change of career, Heifetz replied: "Violin playing is a perishable art. It must be passed on as a personal skill; otherwise it is lost.'

We need to listen to this great musician. Living the Christian life is a highly personal experience. We can't pull it off merely by watching skilled veterans "perform". We need hands-on instruction.
A New Beginning - v.19-21

As God began to increase His church He called attention to Antioch of Syria. There new believers had come from those who were saved at Pentecost. New Jewish believers were scattered away from Jerusalem because of the persecution after Stephen’s death and some came to Antioch from Cyprus and Cyrene. Not only did those new believers share the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ with the Jews but also with the Greek Gentiles. Many, a great number, were converted and became part of the church there at Antioch. The Bible says it was there at Antioch that the followers of Jesus were first called “Christians” or “the Christ-ones.” The Life Application Bible says it was significant because Christ was what they had in common, not race, culture or even language. “Christ can cross all boundaries and unify all people.”
Special Leadership - v. 22-24

Jerusalem, being the center of the church, heard of this great movement of new followers of Jesus in Antioch was so concerned and excited that they decided to send Barnabas to see what was going on there. Because of the character of Barnabas he was a trusted envoy. You may remember Acts 4:36-37,
Here we see the first mention of Barnabas in the New Testament. He came to encourage and help the fledgling church fellowship in Jerusalem, which made a great difference for many.

Having become a trusted leader, Barnabas was sent to investigate what was going on and how the activity was to measure up to what the disciples felt was right. Barnabas saw the hand of God in the midst of the Antioch fellowship. This grace of God was evident to him and he rejoiced in all that God had done and was continuing to do. Barnabas did what he was known for, he encouraged the new believers in Christ and called for them to remain “true to the Lord with all their hearts.”

Because of his presence and ministry among them, many people were brought to Christ and the church began to grow even more. Being so gifted, he ministered with joy, kindness and great, as well as strong, faith. His example was one of how to lead others and help new believers to grow in their faith.

That is true mentoring! Barnabas was selfless, kind and generous with his encouragement. He modeled Christ before them so they could not only hear his instructions on how to live the Christian life before God but how to go about sharing their new found faith in Christ. His method must have been successful because the Word of God says, “a great number of people were brought to the Lord.”
Barnabas’ One - v. 25-26

Knowing the ministry was greater than he alone could accomplish, Barnabas sought out help and went to Tarsus to personally enlist Saul to help him in the Antioch ministry. You see it was years back that Barnabas met Saul in Jerusalem when Saul left Damascus after his salvation experience and desires to meet the disciples of Christ. Saul was not trusted then and he needed a friend. Barnabas saw something that no one else saw. He saw from God’s viewpoint what Saul could become. Barnabas stood up for Saul and spent time with him and then he sent him off to Tarsus.
Barnabas and Saul spent a full year teaching and leading the church at Antioch all the while Barnabas was mentoring and discipling Saul of Tarsus. Together they help the church to grow into a great and effective church for the Lord Jesus Christ.

Antioch is where Saul cut his teeth and grew as a believer and evangelist. For a full year they not only reached new converts but spent time helping them to grow and mature in their faith. Barnabas for Saul and Saul and Barnabas for the multitudes!

Barnabas knew, I am convinced from the Lord, that Saul was going to be “the great missionary to the Gentiles.” If Saul was going to be used by God like that, he needed to have a solid foundation and Barnabas believed God chose him for that task. For that year Barnabas gave Saul all that he had, he invested his all in Saul and God did the rest.
God still chooses mentors and mentees, disciplers and disciples for His kingdom work. Our Savior and Lord still calls men and women, boys and girls to become preachers, ministers of all kinds, and He still calls people to become missionaries for the Gospel all around the world. But don’t you think that they need mentors and disciplers? Many of you right now are mentoring and discipling the future Bible teachers, preachers, and missionaries of tomorrow because you are teaching children and youth whom God will call one day, if He hasn’t already. If you will give it all you have and provide a great foundation for those children and youth then God will take over at some point and do whatever is next for that called person, young or old.

Have you identified anyone you are leading now as a potential of the Lord’s?
Have you considered talking to them about the calling that might be on their life?

If you will be available, like Barnabas was, you might be called on by the Lord to disciple the next Paul or Timothy.

Who is your ONE? Is it a child that you believe God is calling to minister for Him in His kingdom? That is a special ONE! Please don’t take it lightly. Some of you might say, “God will never call a child or youth out of our church, not our church. We are nothing and that just won’t happen.” Remember what people said about Jesus, “Can anything good come from Nazareth?”

Maybe you need to be praying for our children and youth that God will touch our young ones for His kingdom’s work. Won’t you do that today?

Maybe there is an adult you need to be praying for that needs discipling and you just have to talk to them about it. We don’t know what God will do with people when they have been given a great foundation.

Will you commit to praying for our youth and children for God to use them in all kinds of ways that will glorify Him.


Dear friend if you are reading this by way of the internet please know that you are loved and cared for. If you have no relationship with God the Father through Jesus Christ His Son, then I invite you to trust Him by faith and receive Him as your personal Savior. Jesus Christ died on the cross for the sin of everyone in the world that they may have eternal life. All of us have sinned and all are guilty before Almighty God who made us to have fellowship with Him. But sin broke that ability to have a relationship and Jesus has restored the possibility to know God personally through His sacrifice. Please know that if you will seek God and turn from your sin and pray He will respond with His love and give to you a personal relationship through your belief in His Son and the sacrifice He made just for you. He will call for a change in your life too. He wants you to follow Him, not the world, not your own desires, but to follow Jesus. That brings a life change when you turn from sin and self and by faith believe in Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord. There is no Savior without Him being Lord of your life. Your willingness to change by following Him daily in your life will be the proof of your faith. When life throws its curves your way and you have found yourself broken by others or by the world let us introduce you to the only One who can help you…Jesus! You can write or call the office and we will follow up by contacting you. Office phone number is 864-225-2575 and the website address is and the physical address is 2308 N. Main St., Anderson, SC 29621. Dear friend if you are a believer and you have been touched by the Lord and you would like to talk to someone at the church just contact us in one of the ways you see above. If you are a believer and would like to talk about the church and your interest in being a part, please call and we can set up an appointment for you and get to know you. It would be a great pleasure to share our Lord’s love with you. This is a loving church and you are important to us, so please let us know what we can do for you in the Lord.Pastor Bill Rigsby