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Life on the Journey: Encouragement

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Ben Lovelady

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Transcript of Life on the Journey: Encouragement

1) The Scriptures give both
positive
and
negative
pictures of how individuals influence one another.
Life on the Journey: Encouragement
“Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing (noutheteo) one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God” (Colossians 3:16).

“Take care, brethren, that there not be in any one of you an evil, unbelieving heart that falls away from the living God. But encourage (parakaleo) one another day after day, as long as it is still called "Today," so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin” (Hebrews 3:12-13).
“For God has not destined us for wrath, but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep, we will live together with Him. Therefore encourage (parakeleo) one another and build up (oikodomeo) one another, just as you also are doing” (1 Thessalonians 5:9-11).
“Now about food sacrificed to idols: We know that we all possess knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up (oikodomeo) (1 Corinthians 8:1).
“Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification (oikodome) according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear” (Ephesians 4:29).
“For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement (paraklesis) of the Scriptures we might have hope. Now may the God who gives perseverance and encouragement (paraklesis) grant you to be of the same mind with one another according to Christ Jesus, so that with one accord you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 15:4-6).
“And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord; always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father; and be subject to one another in the fear of Christ” (Ephesians 5:18-21).
"You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand and they shall be as frontals on your forehead. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates."
Deuteronomy 6:5-9
"If your brother, your mother's son, or your son or daughter, or the wife you cherish, or your friend who is as your own soul, entice you secretly, saying, 'Let us go and serve other gods ' (whom neither you nor your fathers have known, of the gods of the peoples who are around you, near you or far from you, from one end of the earth to the other end), you shall not yield to him or listen to him; and your eye shall not pity him, nor shall you spare or conceal him."
Deuteronomy 13:6-8
“Older women likewise are to be reverent in their behavior, not malicious gossips nor enslaved to much wine, teaching what is good, so that they may encourage (sophronizo) the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be sensible, pure, workers at home, kind, being subject to their own husbands, so that the word of God will not be dishonored" (Titus 2:3-5).
"All things are lawful," but not all things are helpful. "All things are lawful," but not all things build up (oikodomeo)" (1 Corinthians 10:23).
"By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and observe His commandments."
1 John 5:2
2) The New Testament
authors
placed
great
emphasis on
encouragement
.
"For I have sent [Tychicus] to you for this very purpose, that you may know about our circumstances and that he may
encourage
your hearts."
Colossians 4:8
"And we sent Timothy, our brother and God's fellow worker in the gospel of Christ, to strengthen and encourage you as to your faith."
1 Thessalonians 3:2
3)
Encouraging
others in their faith, hope, and love is a sacred action of
love
, and is commanded in the
Scriptures
.
"Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near."
Hebrews 10:23-25
(cf. 1 John 2:19)
4) Scripture makes clear that a
primary
source of
encouragement
is in the
Scriptures
.
5) Similarly, Scripture places
great
emphasis on believers
building
one another
up
in the faith.
6) With a
heart
toward building others up is the spirit in which believers should carry out their
gifts
and
pursue
more.
"Let all things be done for edification."
1 Corinthians 14:26
"Pursue love, yet desire earnestly spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy. For one who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God; for no one understands, but in his spirit he speaks mysteries. But one who prophesies speaks to men for edification and exhortation and consolation."
1 Corinthians 14:1-3
7) It is with this
love
that brothers and sisters are to
warn
their spiritual family of
personal
sin, even to the point of church discipline, if the warnings are not heeded, for the
benefit
of the brother or sister caught in sin, and purity of the church.
"If your brother sins, go and show him his fault in private; if he listens to you, you have won your brother. But if he does not listen to you, take one or two more with you, so that by the mouth of two or three witnesses every fact may be confirmed. If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector."
Matthew 18:15-17
"If anyone does not obey our instruction in this letter, take special note of that person and do not associate with him, so that he will be put to shame. Yet do not regard him as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother."
2 Thessalonians 3:14-15
"My brethren, if any among you strays from the truth and one turns him back, let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins."
James 5:19-20
"I have decided to deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of his flesh, so that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus."
1 Corinthians 5:5
(cf. 2 Corinthians 2:6-7)
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