The b Paradigm – An Early Church Growth Model – by Lennox Zamore
All Books , Zamore / January 29, 2014

  The b Paradigm – An Early Church Growth Model There is no doubt that the human principal in the formation of the Early Church was Peter. However, at the very infancy of the Early Church we see key influence shifting to well-known figures like Stephen and Phillip and the Apostle Paul. But before all these players, center stage belonged to a rather covert and often unheralded character called, Joses. Joses was a major church-growth catalyst in the Early Church. The Holy Spirit records for us that at the heart of this extraordinary church growth phenomenon was the never-before-mentioned Joses, who, because of this remarkable ecclesiastical operation, was renamed Barnabas by the very apostles. The generosity and sacrifice of Barnabas sustained the apostles and the new-found Church thus facilitating this phenomenal growth. Interestingly, however, it is not his “exalted” persona that gained him notoriety in the Early Church. Joses was famous for something much more germane to the critical atmosphere of growth in the Church. So salient was his way of operating that the apostles, the principals of the Church, characterized Joses by it. They actually renamed this phenomenal man – Barnabas or Parakletos in the Greek – the same…