E-Free Church - Gaylord Campus
Everyone Needs a Barnabas
We will study the life and ministry of the Apostle Paul. We will start when he was first mentioned in the book of Acts and follow him through his first missionary journey. Paul, the guy who was the terrorist becomes one of the greatest teachers in the history of the church.
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  • E-Free Church - Gaylord Campus
    1649 M-32, Gaylord, MI 49735, USA
    Sunday 5:00 AM

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The ESCAPE of Saul (Acts 9:23-25)

The PLOT (v23-24)

“After many days had elapsed” represents three years in between v22 and v23 (seen in Galatians 1:17-18)

His preaching (v20) in Damascus resulted in a plot to kill him (what goes around comes around; hunter becomes the hunted)

His enemies put a round the clock watch on the gates to seize Saul if he tried to escape

“His disciples” (Saul’s first converts) come to Saul’s rescue (these were some of the man unnamed heroes in Scripture)

One of them obviously had access to a house in the wall with a window and they were able to lower him down in a basket and Saul returns to Jerusalem
The ENCOURAGEMENT of Saul (Acts 9:26-31)

The FEAR of Saul (v26)

Due to his reputation, the Christians in Jerusalem were afraid of Saul and resisted his attempts to join them thinking it to be a trap ( a bad reputation can bring about the sting of rejection)

The tense shows that Saul made multiple attempts which were all met with resistance

The FRIEND to Saul (v27)

The NAME of Barnabas

“But Barnabas” = an influential believer in Jerusalem; His real name was Joseph (Acts 4:36)

He was given the name Barnabas meaning “Son of Encouragement” due to his character (it was one of spiritual encouragement as seen in Acts 11:22-23)
The NATURE of Barnabas (Acts 11:24)

He was a good man
He was full of the Holy Spirit
He was full of faith

The NURTURING of Barnabas

Barnabas vouches for Saul telling his conversion and of his speaking boldly for Jesus

Barnabas’ actions results in the believers accepting Saul

The FAITH of Saul (v28-31)


Saul experiences a sense of freedom in Jerusalem

Saul is now publicly proclaiming Jesus

His PERIL (v29)

Saul gets into a big debate with some Hellenistic Jews

These were the same Jews Stephen had debated
Saul picks up right where Stephen had left off

The anger of these Jews results in an attempt to kill Saul

They are intolerant of Paul’s change of heart
They look to kill him (the means is not mentioned)


The believers (again unnamed) learn of the plot to kill Saul

To protect him they send him from Caesarea to Tarsus

Caesarea was the nearest seaport
Tarsus was Saul’s hometown

His PRIDE (v31)

Without Saul (who was back in Tarsus), the church grew in Judea/Galilee/Samaria (it’s never a one man show)

The church grows in the following ways

They enjoy peace and are they are built up
Minister in the fear of the Lord and comfort of the HS
They increase

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