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Leaving a Legacy to our Neighbor

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Sermon shared by Scott Kircher

January 2005
Summary: This message looks at the life of Barnabas and how we might leave a legacy to our neighbor
Audience: Believer adults
Sermon:
Leave a Legacy for Your Neighbor

To Leave a Legacy for Your Neighbors
Sacrifice for Others (Acts 4:36-37)
Be Slow to Judge Others (Acts 9:26-27;15:36-39)
Spiritually Influence Others (Acts 11:22-24)
Work for the Success of Others (Acts 11:25-26)

Slide 1
Jim -------- Illustration.
A couple of weeks ago, Jim ------ shared about a guy named Joe that he works with that always has a huge smile on his face. Every where he goes and whenever anyone would see him, he would brighten up the room with his huge smile.

Slide 1 Jim asked somebody about it once and they said he was a Christian.

Jim had wanted to talk to Joe and finally the other day, he saw him. Jim was finishing up in the washroom when Joe walked in and Jim said

“Hey, I’ve been looking for you.” I want to ask you a question.

What is the reason for the hope you have inside you and why are you smiling all the time?

Joe responded and asked if he really wanted to know.

Jim said yes and Joe said because he had the peace of Jesus Christ in his heart.

Jim went on to tell Joe about the impact he had on Jim’s life just by being around His big smile and how it convicted him of not taking joy in Christ through some difficult circumstances.


Joe was having an impact and leaving a legacy just by being who he was.

He wasn’t even overtly doing anything to influence other people, just enjoying the goodness of the Lord and letting that come out of Him in living his life.

How are you living your life around others?

Are you being a godly influence on others by the way you live your life?

We have interaction with people every day.
Is the way we are living in front of them leaving a legacy of godliness for them to follow?

I want to take a look at Barnabas today and see the impact he had on those around him and I want us to see the things he did to help leave a legacy to his Neighbors that far surpassed his lifetime.
Slide 2
We will be looking at Several Scriptures in Acts that talk about Barnabas. The first place we will look is in Acts 4:36-37 (p. 773)

Acts 4:36-37
36 Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus, whom the apostles called Barnabas (which means Son of Encouragement), 37 sold a field he owned and brought the money and put it at the apostles’ feet.
Slide 2
We find here that Barnabas’ real name was Joseph but he was known by his nickname which meant Son of Encouragement.
This guy was an encourager so much in the way he lived that his nickname reflected it.

What if the way you acted often became your nickname?
Would we have people being called Bar-Whiner?
Or Bar-Complainer?
Or how about, Bar-Negative Attitude?

Is the most dominant aspect of our life a positive or negative? In Barnabas’ case he was an encourager.

It is those with a dominant positive aspect that will leave a positive legacy that impacts many people.

So, here is this great encourager and what is one of the first things we see him do? We see Him Sacrifice for others. He sold his field and gave the money to the apostles to be used for other people in need.
Slide 3
To Leave a Godly Legacy for Our Neighbors we need to
Sacrifice for Others

Slide 3 Nobody ever left a positive legacy without sacrifice.
Parents sacrifice for kids
Soldiers sacrifice for their country
Neighbors sacrifice for one another.

Jesus told a parable about
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