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Summary: The kind of church members that every pastor would love to have in their church.

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ACTS 4:36-37 "THE CHURCH MEMBER OF MY DREAMS"

A) Now what would a pastor’s dream church member be like?

* If I had the kind of church member who would be the church member of my fondest dreams,

what would he be like? * Well I’m going to show you in just a moment what he would be like.

* Now the church member of my dreams would be the Apostle Paul.

* Oh, I’d love to have Paul in the congregation, but I’d personally hate to have a congregation full

of Pauls. * You talk about being intimidated when you preach!

* But I just don’t believe I’d enjoy preaching to a congregation of Pauls!

B) I love Peter, I’m glad God made Peter, I believe God made one because we needed him,

* But only one because he’s the only one we could stand. * Thank God for Simon Peter.

* He’s a great guy, but I just don’t believe I’d like a church full of Simon Peters.

* I believe that if I could have the church member of my dreams it would be this man, Joses that I

just read to you about. * Only that’s not what they called him.

C) They called him Barnabas, that is, that was the name he was given!

* Today, we would say that his nickname was Barnabas!

* And the word Barnabas was interpreted, son of consolation!

* Well you say, "What’s so great about that?"

* Well the word consolation is the same word that the Holy Spirit is called by, the Comforter.

* Well what does that mean? * It literally means encouragement!

D) Now we’re getting to the bottom line ... What was so great about Barney?

* They nicknamed him encourager! * They said, "You are Barnabas, you are the encourager.

* You are the son of consolation, you’re the guy that encourages us every time we’re around you."

E) Now I don’t really believe they even called him Barnabas!

* If I know this guy like I think I know him, they called him Barney.

* Old Barney, the guy everybody loved! * He was a great encourager.

* You see folks, if there’s anything that people need today, it’s encouragement because there’s so

many folks who are discouraged.

* So many people are so low they could sit on the curb and dangle their feet.

* They are discouraged and they need to be encouraged.

F) Did you know that in 2Cor.1:3 it says that God is called, "The God of all comfort!"

* And literally it’s this same word, the God of all consolation, the God of all encouragement!

* Friend, if you are discouraged God didn’t do it, the devil did it.

* The devil wants to get you discouraged, because folks, if he’s got you discouraged he has you

set for failure! * Discouragement is the dark room where the negatives of failure are developed!

G) Now, if you are discouraged the devil is on your trail!

* If you are encouraged you can do almost anything!

* In the football hall of fame, there’s a helmet hung up there.

* It belonged to Bobby Lane and underneath that helmet it says this,

* "Bobby Lane never lost a football game, time just ran out." * I like that!

* Here’s a man who just believed that it could be done and he was a man that kept the fires of

encouragement in his heart and therefore he was able to encourage other team members.


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