3 things contributed to the power of Paul and Barnabas's witness: Confident Passion, Personal Conviction, Their love for people.
Sometimes we have a blessed assurance—a confidence in the Gospel and our walk with Jesus. But sometimes we put on a mask. Sometimes we fake it, but on the inside there are any number of things between us and the Lord and the freedom the Gospel provides for us.
Our perspective changes when we realize that God's perspective is so much bigger than our own. He sees more than we ever can and rescues us in ways we'll never realize. He rescues us because He delights in us.
Generational sin doesn't have to be a life sentence. Often, you see things like drug abuse and alcoholism grip a family for generations. The second commandment tells us not to make any idols, but what people often overlook is that an idol is anything draws your attention and worship away from God. But when you put your hope and trust in God, you can break those curses.
God calls us to lead a quiet and peaceful life. This doesn't mean weak or powerless, but with a confidence and boldness in Christ, living unaffected by circumstances of the world.
You may know Jesus, but are you living you life in a way that seeks the approval or acceptance of man? Are you letting others determine who you are? The truth about our existence is what God calls us. Not what man calls us.
When we come expecting God's presence, He calls to us. The calling is different for each and every believer, but significant and Gospel-centered in every case.
Significant and consistent time fuels the power of prayer. Earnest prayer is time consuming, consistent, and sincere.
Throw off every hindrance and look to Jesus.
In 2 Timothy, Paul shares some of Timothy's spiritual heritage, from his grandmother, to his mother, and finally to the young Timothy, pastor of the early church in Ephesus.
God loves you, and he uniquely created you for unique and divine purposes. You have a significant place in the Kingdom.
God loves you, and paid a great price to show it. You are his creation. All of the things that make you who you are: Your experiences, your skills, your talents, you abilities, and your resources. Everything about you has been designed for His kingdom and His purpose. Following his resurrection, Jesus traveled around shamelessly preaching the Gospel, and meeting the needs of the people. In the 2000 years since that time, those needs have not changed. People still need the church. People still need Christ. God has called us to engage the lost, using those resources that he has blessed us with.
Despite the evidence in Saul's history, Barnabas was convinced that Saul's testimony was real and inspired by Christ. Barnabas fearlessly fought for Saul, and the advance of the Kingdom.