Evangelism: Investing


A series on evangelism

Alec Wallis

2 October 2016

1)     Investing in heaven

Investing = to use, give, or devote (money, time, talent, etc.), as for a purpose or to achieve something

Worldly investment is about money

The Bible is clear about not chasing after money

 Do not store up riches for yourselves here on earth, where moths and rust destroy, and robbers break in and steal. Instead, store up riches for yourselves in heaven … for your heart will always be where your riches are

Matthew 6:19-21

For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.

1 Timothy 6:7

What can we store up in heaven if we can’t take any material possessions with us?

Christian investment is about people

“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.”

Matthew 4:19

We may use money to invest in people but there are things more important than money

The ONLY thing we take to heaven is souls

Sid Roth

Therefore if we are to think of biblical investment, one thing we should be doing is investing in people by evangelism and discipleship

In this passage we see Barnabas investing in Mark

2)     People like Mark

Mark was young

He was also the nephew of Barnabas

He wrote the gospel of Mark

He deserted Paul and Barnabas

Paul did not think it wise to take him, because he had deserted them in Pamphylia and had not continued with them in the work.

Acts 15:38

He was someone who did not have a good track record

It was because of Mark that Paul and Barnabas parted ways

They had such a sharp disagreement that they parted company. Barnabas took Mark and sailed for Cyprus.

Acts 15:39

We are not exactly sure what happens on the trip with Barnabas and Mark

This is the last we ever hear of Barnabas but not the last we hear of Mark

We do know that Paul changes his mind about Mark later on

 Get Mark and bring him with you, because he is helpful to me in my ministry.

2 Timothy 4:11

It is a great thing for a person to have someone who believes in them. Barnabas believed in Mark and in the end Mark justified that belief.

William Barclay

We therefore must find the people like Mark that we know

People that we can invest time in sharing the gospel with

In doing so they may be like Mark and continue on with ministry after us

3)     People like Barnabas

Barnabas was actually called Joseph

Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus, whom the apostles called Barnabas (which means “son of encouragement”), sold a field he owned and brought the money and put it at the apostles’ feet.

Acts 4:36.37

Barnabas must have been a special character to be given this name

There are people in the world like Barnabas

There are those out there who make it a habit to support others

Barnabas did not give up on Mark

Instead he fought for Mark and continued to encourage him

History shows that Barnabas made the right choice in choosing to invest in Mark

This was not the first time Barnabas invested in someone

When Saul came to Jerusalem, he tried to join the disciples, but they were all afraid of him, not believing that he really was a disciple. But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles. He told them how Saul on his journey had seen the Lord and that the Lord had spoken to him, and how in Damascus he had preached fearlessly in the name of Jesus.

Acts 9:26-27

Barnabas had already vouched for Paul

Would have been an interesting conversation then when Barnabas was trying to vouch for Mark

Paul had a title. Barnabas had a testimony

Tony Campolo

My Grandad and him investing in me

We need to be people who follow Barnabas’ example of investing in people

We need to encourage people like Barnabas did for Paul and for Mark

When we invest in people we will find our reward on Earth (Mark went on to do great things) and in heaven (where our treasure is stored)

Challenge: Find people to invest in with the gospel