Sermon Notes February 05, 2023

But I Don’t Have the Money or Time 
                      “Get Off Your ’But’ “                        

1. What’s often overlooked is how Jesus’ life was marked by something few took note of — it was marked by ____________________.                                                                            

Mark 9:33-35, 43, 45, “They came to Capernaum. When he was in the house, he asked them, ‘What were you arguing about on the road?’ But they kept quiet because on the way they had argued about who was the greatest. Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, ‘Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.’…’Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant,  For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.’”

Acts 4:32-37, “All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had. With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all that there were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned land or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone who had need. Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus, whom the apostles called Barnabas (which means “son of encouragement”), sold a field he owned and brought the money and put it at the apostles’ feet.”                                                                                                

2. Joseph established a spirit for the entire community by                   ________________________________ some of what he owned and giving the money to what the church was trying to do and be.                                

Acts 11:22-26, “News of this reached the church in Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas to Antioch. When he arrived and saw what the grace of God had done, he was glad and encouraged them all to remain true to the Lord with all their hearts. He was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and faith, and a great number of people were brought to the Lord. Then Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul,  and when he found him, he brought him to Antioch. So for a whole year Barnabas and Saul met with the church and taught great numbers of people. The disciples were called Christians first at Antioch.”                                                                                                 

3.  Barnabas knew firsthand what serving through giving had already done. It had __________________ his life and ________________ the lives of others.