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Weekly Newsletter 04-18-2024

Weekly Newsletter 04-18-2024

Good Morning Church Family!

Hello Northwood Berkeley! 

Hebrews 3:13 reminds us,

But encourage one another every day, as long as it is still called “today,” so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.

Each and every day we are supposed to encourage other people. How powerful is encouragement?  So powerful that our encouragement may help another person not be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.  One of my favorite people featured in the Bible is Barnabas. Barnabas was known as the “Son of Encouragement.”  Barnabas encouraged Paul, John Mark, and believers in Antioch. 

img-3Look at how the following article about Barnabas

Barnabas was one of the very earliest followers of Jesus and a leader of the early church.

 His story is told in the Acts of the Apostles, and he is also mentioned in some of Paul’s letters.

Originally called Joseph, he was given his new name of Barnabas by those who knew him well, it means ‘son of encouragement’.

His new name certainly fits what we know of his character and actions.

 Barnabas was willing to give from the heart. 

We first hear of Barnabas in the New Testament due to his simple act of stewardship and sharing. He sold land he owned and donated the proceeds to the church to be used to support the poor.

Barnabas was courageous in God’s service.

When Paul came to Jerusalem after his conversion, most of the Christians there wanted nothing to do with him for they had known him as a persecutor of Christians.

But Barnabas, guided by God was willing to take a calculated risk on Paul.

He sought Paul out, spoke with him, and having weighed him up, vouched for him.

We owe much of our New Testament to the work of Paul and to his preaching and evangelism. He was used by God in the creation of many of the early Christian communities. Imagine if Barnabas had not been willing to obey God’s call?

Barnabas was generous, compassionate, and kind.

Later, Paul and Barnabas traveled far and wide, sharing the good news of God’s love in Jesus.

On one journey they took a young man called Mark with them. This traveling ministry was tough and dangerous; they literally were risking their lives.

Part way, Mark turned back.

When Paul and Barnabas were about to set out again, Barnabas suggested taking Mark along again. Paul was against it, saying that Mark was not dependable. But Barnabas wanted to give Mark a second chance, and so he and Mark went off on one journey, while Paul took Silas and went on another.

Apparently, Mark responded well to the trust given him by Barnabas, the “son of encouragement,” since we find that Paul recognizes the change in Mark and later speaks of him as a valuable assistant.

Barnabas rejoiced in what God did in and through other people.

Barnabas, who became one of the leaders of the Church was asked to help in the growth of a new congregation in Antioch. He didn’t arrive thinking he’d whip them into shape, instead we read, ‘he came and saw the grace of God, he rejoiced, and he exhorted them all to remain faithful to the Lord with steadfast devotion.’

Barnabas called Paul over to help in this work at Antioch and both he and Paul grew in their faith and ministry. And the Church grew too:  a great many people became Christians – indeed it was here at Antioch that the followers of Jesus were first called ‘Christians’.

Born in Cyprus, Barnabas also died there in AD 61 when he was martyred for his faith.

He stayed faithful and willing to give everything right to the end.

As your pastor, one of my prayers is that we would be brothers and sisters of encouragement!! 

This past Sunday, Jim Packwood shared his testimony.  Jim has agreed to be a lay Pastor/Elder at Northwood Berkeley.  Jim and his wife Dawn both graduated from the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, served in campus ministry at SMU, were missionaries in Ecuador and Jim served as a Missions Pastor at a church in the Metroplex.  On Sunday, April 28 we will affirm Jim a Pastor/Elder at Northwood Berkeley.   On Tuesday, Marie and I met with a lawyer in West Ashley about our name change. We will be officially registering our name change with the Secretary of State of South Carolina. We will remain the same church entity but will have a new identity moving forward.  We still have a lot of transitions to make as it relates to technology and church signage.  We also have lots of people to add to committees and teams.  Hold tight!

We are having to push back our Welcome to Northwood Berkeley New Members Class on Sunday from May 5 to May 19.  It turns out as Chaplain at Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital that I have a Memorial Service to help lead on May 5. 

I hope you guys have a great day serving the Lord.

Grace to you,
Pastor Jay

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