Summary: To show that we are existing for one another to encourage them and build them up.
Are you for one another?
II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:
To show that we are existing for one another to encourage them and build them up.
1 Thessalonians 5:11 (Amplified Bible)
Therefore encourage (admonish, exhort) one another and edify (strengthen and build up) one another, just as you are doing.
We are existing for one another to encourage them and build them up.
For one another
A. Author: Apostle Paul
B. Date written: 49 to 54 B.C. but uncertain
C. Purpose: to comfort believers and encourage them to a life of purity
D. To whom written: Thessalonica church
E. Main themes: Most personal of all of Paul's epistles
F. Keyword: Sanctification
1 Thessalonians 4:3 (Amplified Bible)
For this is the will of God, that you should be consecrated (separated and set apart for pure and holy living): that you should abstain and shrink from all sexual vice,
G. Key verses:
1 Thessalonians 3:12-13 (Amplified Bible)
And may the Lord make you to increase and excel and overflow in love for one another and for all people, just as we also do for you,
So that He may strengthen and confirm and establish your hearts faultlessly pure and unblamable in holiness in the sight of our God and Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah) with all His saints (the holy and glorified people of God)! Amen, (so be it)!
1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 (Amplified Bible)
For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a loud cry of summons, with the shout of an archangel, and with the blast of the trumpet of God. And those who have departed this life in Christ will rise first.
Then we, the living ones who remain [on the earth], shall simultaneously be caught up along with [the resurrected dead] in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air; and so always (through the eternity of the eternities) we shall be with the Lord!
Therefore comfort and encourage one another with these words.
VIII. MAIN BODY:
A. Encourage one another
"Therefore encourage (admonish, exhort) one another"
1 Thessalonians 5:14 (Amplified Bible)
And we earnestly beseech you, brethren, admonish (warn and seriously advise) those who are out of line [the loafers, the disorderly, and the unruly]; encourage the timid and fainthearted, help and give your support to the weak souls, [and] be very patient with everybody [always keeping your temper].
1 Corinthians 14:31 (Amplified Bible)
For in this way you can give testimony [prophesying and thus interpreting the divine will and purpose] one by one, so that all may be instructed and all may be stimulated and encouraged;
Isaiah 40:1 (Amplified Bible)
COMFORT, COMFORT My people, says your God.
Titus 2:15 (Amplified Bible)
Tell [them all] these things. Urge (advise, encourage, warn) and rebuke with full authority. Let no one despise or disregard or think little of you [conduct yourself and your teaching so as to command respect].
Hebrews 3:13 (Amplified Bible)
But instead warn (admonish, urge, and encourage) one another every day, as long as it is called Today, that none of you may be hardened [into settled rebellion] by the deceitfulness of sin [by the fraudulence, the stratagem, the trickery which the delusive glamor of his sin may play on him].
We are an encourager like our FATHER, who is the GOD of all comfort. Practice everyday encouraging one another, it's our mission here on earth.
B. Build each other up
"and edify (strengthen and build up) one another, just as you are doing."
Romans 14:19 (Amplified Bible)
So let us then definitely aim for and eagerly pursue what makes for harmony and for mutual upbuilding (edification and development) of one another.
Romans 15:2 (Amplified Bible)
Let each one of us make it a practice to please (make happy) his neighbor for his good and for his true welfare, to edify him [to strengthen him and build him up spiritually].
1 Corinthians 8:1 (Amplified Bible)
NOW ABOUT food offered to idols: of course we know that all of us possess knowledge [concerning these matters. Yet mere] knowledge causes people to be puffed up (to bear themselves loftily and be proud), but love (affection and goodwill and benevolence) edifies and builds up and encourages one to grow [to his full stature].
2 Corinthians 10:8 (Amplified Bible)
For even though I boast rather freely about our power and authority, which the Lord gave for your upbuilding and not for demolishing you, yet I shall not be put to shame [for exceeding the truth],
2 Corinthians 12:19 (Amplified Bible)
Have you been supposing [all this time] that we have been defending ourselves and apologizing to you? [It is] in the sight and the [very] presence of God [and as one] in Christ (the Messiah) that we have been speaking, dearly beloved, and all in order to build you up [spiritually].