• I Thessalonians 5:11
  • Be an encourager, not a discourager!
  • Numbers 13:25-33 – Ten of the twelve spies brought back a discouraging report.
  • Numbers 14:1-4
  • Deuteronomy 1:21, 28 – “our brethren have discouraged our hearts”

The effects of discouragement

  • It is demoralizing.
  • It often has a leavening effect.
  • It creates a negative atmosphere.
    • Ezra 4:4-5

Barnabas, son of encouragement

  • Acts 4:32-37 – Our first introduction to Barnabas.
  • Be a Barnabas!

What does a “Barnabas” do?

  • He or she gives comfort and encouragement to others (Acts 4:36; cf. Galatians 6:2).
    • I Thessalonians 5:14
  • He or she stands up and speaks on behalf of others (Acts 9:26-27).
  • He or she encourages fellow Christians “that with purpose of heart they should continue with the Lord” (Acts 11:23; cf. I Corinthians 15:58).
  • He or she gives others a “second chance” to serve the Lord (Acts 15:37-39).

Be a “Barnabas” to others!

  • Let us encourage our older members.
    • Those who are faithful in coming but often in pain; widows and widowers; our shut-in.
  • Let us encourage those who are married to non-Christians or divorced, but faithful.
  • Let us encourage those who battle chronic illnesses and diseases.
  • Let us encourage our Bible class teachers.
  • Let us encourage our children and young people to put God first in their lives.
  • Let us encourage elders, deacons, preachers (and their spouses) as they serve.
  • Let us encourage younger men to be preparing themselves to be elders/deacons.
  • Let us encourage those we know who are presently struggling with discouragement.


  • We all need an encourager!
    • I Thessalonians 5:11
  • You need an encourager!
    • Who’s your Barnabas?
  • Every Christian should see encouraging others as an essential part of their discipleship.
    • Encouraging is a spiritual art that can be learned, mostly through practice.
  • Let me encourage you:
    • To obey the gospel of Christ, in order to receive salvation (Romans 1:16; Mark 16:15-16).
    • To grow in your faith and remain faithful in serving the Lord (II Peter 1:5; Acts 11:23).