Summary: In life we are called to encourage others
Maturing in our faith
INTRO.- ILL.- There once was a man whose life long dream was to sail around the world in his boat.
• And as he set off on his Voyage
• There was a crowd of people laughing at him on the pier
• They were saying things like you’ll never make it
• You’ll get sunburned --You’ll starve to death“
• “That boat of yours won’t withstand any storms.” “
• Everything these people were saying added up to You’ll never make it.”
But there was one man who was different
• This man didn’t join the others that were making fun of him
• Instead he was shouting words of encouragement.
• As the little boat began pulling away from shore,
• This man went to the end of the pier
• And began shouting You can do it WE’RE PROUD OF YOU!
• GOOD LUCK,
A lot of times in our personal lives
• This is how we feel
• That we are the one in the boat
• We’re on this long journey, and when it comes down to it
• We’re not really sure if we are going to make it or not
• And as we’re heading out to sea,
• There doesn’t seem to be very many people on the pier giving us any words of encouragement
In life it seems like more people are critical than supportive.
• And I know this sounds sad but it’s the truth
• In Life there are many discouragers but few encouragers.
• Most people just seem to be better at discouraging others than encouraging them.
But there is also the other side of the coin.
• In June of, 1965, another small boat left MASS.
• And it was destined for England.
• This boat was only 13 ½ feet long and it would be the smallest boat in history to ever make the trip.
The man that was attempting this trip was Robert Manry.
• And this had been his dream for most of his adult life
• Now even though he wouldn’t admit it, Robert was afraid, but not of the ocean.
• He was afraid of all the people who would try and talk him out of the trip.
• So he didn’t tell many people,
• Just a few relatives and his wife, Virginia
• Who was his greatest supporter and encourager.
The trip was anything but pleasant.
• He spent many nights going withoutr sleep trying to cross
• The shipping lanes without getting run over or sinking.
• After weeks at sea his food became tasteless.
• He was so lonely that he started to have hallucinations.
• And to make matters worse His rudder broke three times.
Storms swept him overboard,
• And if it hadn’t been for the forethought of tying a rope around his waist,
• He never would have made it back on board.
• But finally, after 78 days alone at sea,
• He sailed into England
During his many nights, he fantasized about what he would do
• When he got to England.
• And he had decided that he would check into a hotel, eat dinner alone,
• And the next morning see if the Associated Press might be interested in his story.
But his story had gotten out
• And to his amazement, three hundred boats, with horns blasting,
• Escorted him into port.
• And 40,000 people stood screaming and cheering him to shore.
Robert had became an overnight hero.
• But he couldn’t have done it on his own!
• Standing on the dock was an even greater hero,and that was his wife Virginia.
• During the entire process she had never criticised him
• She had refused to be negative about her husband’s trip.
• And instead She gave him constant encouragement
• And it was this that helped him pursue and complete his dream!
The world today needs a whole lot more people just like Virginia!
• Both men and women alike who will give others
• The encouragement that we need to face life and it’s obstacles!
• Today with all the problems in the world
• The World needs a word of encouragement!
And this is what we see and can take away from Acts 13
This text teaches is the importance of encouragement in life.
1- Encouragement must be spoken
2- Encouragement deals with good news
3- Encouragement ultimately leads people to God
I. ENCOURAGEMENT MUST BE SPOKEN
There once was a famous Pianist by the name of Arthur Rubenstein
• And at one point in his life he lost his voice
• Now the newspapers were full of reports about smoking and cancer;
• So he decided to consult a throat specialist.