Giving, and the Son of Joy!
The Story of Barnabas

John Maxwell as Barnabas

Barnabas puts a human face on stewardship. The ruler feared giving his riches to the poor until he witnessed the abundance of God at the feeding of the 5,000.

A ruler discovers true wealth

Barnabas recounts his transformation from a rich young ruler to a selfless follower of Jesus. When Barnabas asks Jesus, “What must I do to follow you?”, Jesus replies, “Give all you have to the poor.” Once Barnabas witnesses the feeding of the 5,000, he finally understands God’s abundance. He begins to give his wealth away and, for the first time, experiences the joy of giving. He eventually realizes, “The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it.”

A Model for Stewardship

Originally commissioned by The Church of the Redeemer in Brookhaven, MS, this monologue was presented as a kickoff to the church's stewardship campaign. Since then, John Maxwell has given the performance throughout the South. Because Barnabas gives personal testimony about the life-changing importance of giving to the Church, this monologue is perfect for stewardship season.

Praise for Giving, and the Son of Joy!:

"Maxwell portrays Barnabas' journey from self-reliance and self-determination, to the Biblical revelation that 'the earth is the Lord's and all that is in it.' Barnabas was the crowning piece of our most successful stewardship campaign in years!"