Once in a while I will get an email or phone call from someone who is looking for help they can rely on in ministry to do the work following a biblical standard. Luke is careful to highlight persons in the early church who were of this quality.
He points out Barnabas as one of those leaders. “When he came [to Antioch] and saw the grace of God, he was glad, and he exhorted them all to remain faithful to the Lord with steadfast purpose, for he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And a great many people were added to the Lord” (Acts 13:23-24). It was not just his character, but how that also marked his work.
J. D. Payne comments on Barnabas; “The character of team members is critical for unity and effectiveness. It is what they will model before others. Team members should be full of the Holy Spirit (Acts 6:3; Ephesians 5:18), constantly yielding themselves to the Lord. Goodness and faith should also describe them. Great leadership is built on trust. Without character, trust can never be achieved. If you are not a person of integrity, the effort will implode quickly.” (Apostolic Church Planting, page 33).
This statement applies to every avenue of the Lord’s work, not just church planting. Let us strive to be persons of this character.
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