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July 22, 2012
"The Ministry of Encouragement"
Read Hebrews 10:19-25.

"Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds...." (Hebrews 10:24-25).

Definition of Encouragement: "The act of putting courage into someone; to inspire him/her with spirit, courage or hope." There are three things to consider:

First, we should consider the SOURCE OF ENCOURAGEMENT. 1) We receive encouragement from CHRIST (10:19-22). 2) Encouragement comes through SALVATION. "Let us draw near to God...in full assurance...." (10:22). 3) Encouragement comes through WORSHIP. "Let us not give up meeting together...." (10:25). Ephesians 5:19-20 teaches us: "Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ."

Second, we should consider the HOPE OF ENCOURAGEMENT. 1) We continually receive encouragement as we "hold (fast) unswervingly to the hope we profess for HE WHO PROMISED IS FAITHFUL" (10:23). 2) God promised to EQUIP US "FOR EVERY GOOD WORK" through our study of His Word" (2 Timothy 3:16-17). 3) PRAYER is also Godís means of encouragement. Philippians 4:6-7, "Do not be anxious about anything, but in EVERYTHING, BY PRAYER AND PETITION, WITH THANKSGIVING, PRESENT YOUR REQUESTS TO GOD. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."

Third, we should consider the FOCUS OF ENCOURAGEMENT. 1) We have received the MINISTRY OF ENCOURAGEMENT to our brothers and sisters in Christ. "Let us consider (think through carefully and develop a plan of action) how we may spur (stir up) one another toward love and good deeds" (10:24). 2) Some of the reasons to encourage one another are: a) The RETURN OF THE LORD: "...as you see the Day approaching." (10:25). b) THE DECEITFULNESS OF SIN. "See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. But encourage one another daily...so that none of you may be hardened by sinís deceitfulness" (Hebrews 3:12-13). c) How to treat ONE WHO FALLS INTO SIN: "Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore (medical term: set a broken bone) him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted" (Galatians 6:1-2). 3) Two EXAMPLES of those who gave encouragement to others are Timothy and Epaphroditus in Philippians 2:19-30.

How will you encourage others? By visit, card, telephone, new neighbor, death in family, moving, sickness, loss of job? You have been given the MINISTRY OF ENCOURAGEMENT in Christ Jesus.

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