Summary: This message focuses on the importance given to encouragement biblically and provides a few ideas for where to do it.
- Imagine a life or death medical situation and you know the answer and you don’t speak those life-giving words.
- every day around us are people needing the life-giving words that we have. . . and too often we withhold them.
- talking about words of encouragement.
- sometimes we withhold them out of a critical heart, but more often because we don’t think they’re that important.
- “exhort” (NKJV) equals “encourage” in NASB and NIV.
Is It Really That Important?
1. Encouragement is so essential that the early church made it a major focus.
- Acts 4:36; 14:22; 15:30-32; 16:40; 20:1-2.
2. Encouragement is so essential that people traveled long distances to do it.
3. Encouragement is so essential to the church that it’s a spiritual gift.
- Romans 12:8. (Exhortation)
4. Encouragement is so essential that it’s called a necessary part of preaching.
- 2 Timothy 4:2 (exhort).
- cf. negative preaching with no hope, no good news.
5. Encouragement is so essential that it’s a requirement for church leadership.
- Titus 1:9.
6. Encouragement is so essential that we’re commanded to do it daily.
- Hebrews 3:13 (exhort).
7. Encouragement is so essential that it’s a major reason why we meet together.
- Hebrews 10:25 (exhort).
8. Encouragement is so essential that Jesus left us with The Encourager.
- the word that we often translate “The Comforter” also brings with it the idea of encouragement.
Where Do We Need To Encourage?
- 2 Timothy 1:16 - “oft refreshed me”
1. Within the church.
- Hebrews 3:13; 10:25.
2. In our homes.
3. For small things
4. When we see potential.
5. When we see brokenness.
- Why Do We Need To Encourage? 1. Life is hard. 2. We mess up.