I remember hearing a sermon1 in the last few years (so probably after 2010). I think it was a series of three about Josephs in the Bible (hence one sermon per Joseph). The first was about Joseph, son of Jacob; the second was about Joseph, husband of Mary.
I am looking for the third, about Barnabas (referring to his real name). I think it was by Bill Hybels (and probably all three were by the same person) but no amount of Googling on my part can find it.
In it I think he mentions three specific stories from Acts about Barnabas:
- his selling a field
- his bringing Saul to the believers in Jerusalem
- his choosing to go on missions with John Mark
The latter story was particularly interesting because John Mark later went on (according to church tradition) to meet up with Peter and write the Gospel of Mark. Hence, the speaker said, humanly speaking had Barnabas not encouraged John Mark we would have missed Mark's Gospel (and possibly others).
Hence the focus of the sermon was the power of encouragement.
I'm pretty sure I heard it and did not see it, so it is possibly a podcast. Or perhaps it is from a CD, since it does not seem to be online.
Does anyone know where I have heard this?
1 There is a possibility that it was not a sermon but a book, but I'm pretty sure I heard it as a sermon.