Summary: An inspiration to both individuals & congregations to cultivate a CULTURE of ENCOURAGEMENT – enabling it to become part of your DNA, woven into your values & day to day lifestyle. This sermon will encourage you to be generous, lavish, extravagant with

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Pastor Dan Harman (Victory Church Portsmouth, ENGLAND)

Definition: Encouragement = the act of giving hope or support that inspires confidence & a will to keep on keeping on.

Aim: to INSPIRE you as individuals & as a congregation to cultivate a CULTURE of ENCOURAGEMENT – part of your DNA, woven into your values & day to day lifestyle. Encourage you to be generous, lavish, extravagant with your encouragement! Understand the GREAT POWER OF ENCOURAGEMENT


A mother watched her son begin to drain of energy as the week went on. By the end of the week he’d lost his desire to get out of bed. She heard the alarm go off through his bedroom door. Apparently he just kept punching the little snooze button on the top. Finally, after 3 or 4 extra rings she walked in and said, ’Son, it’s time to get up.’ He peeked out from under the covers, ’Can you give me a good reason to get up?’ She said, ’Yes. First, it’s Sunday - time for church. Second, you’re 43 years old and you know better. Third, you’re the pastor and they expect you to be there.’


ENCOURAGEMENT has great Power to strengthen & spur others on - motivate & regenerate. Encouragement has the capacity to EMPOWER, ENRICH, ENERGIZE, EDIFY, ELEVATE, cause others to EXCEL & EXCEED their limitations! It can bring emotional healing & restore hope.

Key Verse: ‘…encourage one another and build each other up…’

1 Thessalonians 5v11 (NIV)

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. (NIV)

Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.

Ephesians 4v29 (NLT)

Q.) Is ENCOURAGEMENT regularly part of your conversation& actions??

We have a divine ‘calling’ to exercise & express encouragement to those around us.


One day a man holidaying in the Bahamas noticed a big crowd gathered at the end of the pier. As he got closer he observed someone preparing for a solo journey around the world in a tiny homemade boat. Without exception everybody was telling him all the things that could go wrong. Suddenly the man felt an IRRESISTABLE URGE to offer some encouragement. So as the little boat drifted toward the horizon he began jumping up and down shouting, ‘Go for it! You can make it! We’re proud of you!’

This man had what we need more of – the gift of encouragement. We need fewer critics and more CHEERLEADERS: those who see over the heads of the nay-sayers and shout to someone launching out in faith ‘Go for it! You can make it! We’re proud of you!’

Aren’t you glad certain visionaries refused to listen to the crowd on the pier? That: a) Luther refused to back down b) Michelangelo kept painting c) Lindbergh kept flying d) Papa Ten Boom said ‘Yes’ to frightened Jews.

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David Rees-Thomas

commented on Jul 18, 2007

Impacting message! Practical! Spiritual! Well thought out and presented. A sermon that lives up to its title.

Daniel Harman

commented on Feb 21, 2008

Thanks for your ENCOURAGING words David, it's always great to get feedback from other ministers. Keep on keeping on!

Leonora Namuag

commented on Oct 23, 2008

Thanks for this message of encouragement. I''m blessed !

Daniel Harman

commented on Jan 20, 2010

Thanks Leonora for taking the time to share your appreciation. :-)

Burton Clarke

commented on Aug 30, 2017

I like this sermon! Thanks!

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