Acts Chapter Thirteen, The Calling Of Barnabas And Saul
In our study of Acts chapter thirteen, we look at God's calling and plan for Barnabas and Saul. We learn how God used these two faithful men to bring many Gentiles to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.
Barnabas was born in Cyprus with the name of Joseph. After he came to Christ, he sold all of his goods and gave the money to the apostles in Jerusalem. They then gave him the name Barnabas which, in Greek, means Son of Encouragement. When the number of believers in Antioch started to grow, Barnabas was sent there by the church in Jerusalem. When he saw what was happening there, he went and got Saul (Paul) and they taught the church there for a year. (Acts chapter 11)