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Summary: In this message we'll examine the characteristics of the person God uses to change the lives of others

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INTRODUCTION

* Purpose of a job description: describes responsibilities and expected actions of a person in a particular job setting...mostly imperative

* A job description often defines a person - “What do you do?”

- We do what we do because of who we are

* The job description of every person who has experienced salvation and received forgiveness: to be a life-changer as you share the Gospel

* The theme of Acts (1:8) gives the job description = to be witnesses in the world for God

* TEXT: Paul and Barnabas have been/continue to be life-changers; they are faithfully fulfilling their job description

* The text paints a picture of a few requirements they met that allowed them to be used by God to change people’s lives with the Gospel

* How we can make an eternal difference in the lives of people today...

1. A life-changer must have passion (15:36)

* “Let us go back...in all the towns...” = what happened in some of those towns (i.e., stoned)

* Paul couldn’t stay away because he had a passion for people that was givento him by God

* Examples of his passion:

- Acts 26:3

- Philippians 1:8

- 1 Thess. 4:1

* We will have passion, but what is the object of our passion?

* What Paul was passionate about...

1) He was passionate about people: “the brothers” = 2 Peter 3:9

2) He was passionate about the Gospel: “we preached the word of the Lord” = Rom. 1:15-16; 2 Tim. 1:10

3) He was passionate about obedience: “and see how they are doing” = 2 Cor. 2:9

2. A life-changer must be committed to his calling (15:37-41)

* Commitment was the issue Paul had with John Mark

* Satan attempted to divide and subtract, but Paul’s commitment enabled God to multiply and add to the work

* If Satan can cause our commitment to our calling to wane, he’ll keep us from being a life-changer

* A few things had to happen before Paul could be committed to his calling...

1) Paul had to know and believe his calling before he could be committed to it.

- Impossible to be committed if we don’t know we’re supposed to be committed or if we don’t believe in what we’ve been called to

- Paul’s understanding: 1 Cor. 1:17

2) Paul had to fulfill his calling before he could be committed to it.

- Commitment cannot begin until you start doing something

- Paul’s faithfulness to fulfill his calling: 1 Cor. 15:58

3) Paul was then fully committed to his calling.

- Knowledge/Belief + Fulfill = Opportunity to be committed

- Paul’s commitment summarized: Acts 20;24

3. A life-changer must remove obstacles to the Gospel (16:1-5)

* Timothy joins Paul and Barnabas - note verse 3

- Timothy’s mother was a Jew; his father was a Greek

- The Jews to whom Paul would be preaching the gospel would be offended if a man with a Jewish mother was uncircumcised.

* Paul is not compromising or giving in to pressure; he wants to see life-change so they remove any obstacles that would keep their hearers from listening to their message

* 1 Cor. 10:32

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