Nobody knows what something means more than the person who wrote it. The Holy Spirit is the Bible's ultimate Author. He shows us how to interpret Bible prophecy.
We hate when our words are taken out of context. We must be careful not to do this to the authors of the Bible - especially the prophets!
"Historical context" makes it much easier to interpret the Bible. Without it, we stand no chance of interpreting prophecy correctly.
Barnabas isn't a biblical author, or even one of the Bible's main characters! But through his influence, the church received an apostle and a Gospel. What would happen if we embodied his desire for others to succeed?
John reminds us that love is at the core of Christianity. Our role as pastors is to love our congregations toward spiritual maturity. How does his life and ministry inspire you?