Encourage One Another

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Sunday’s Message — Encourage One Another, Pastor Adam Kohlstrom

Series: One Anothering │Scripture: Hebrews 3:12-13; 10:23-25; 1 Thessalonians 2:11-12

Share about a time that someone spiritually encouraged you. How did he/she do it?

• The Holy Spirit is described by Jesus (John 14:16; 14:26; 15:26; 16:7) using the Greek word paraklete - “advocate,” “comforter,” “helper” - literally “one who comes alongside.” These passages (1 Thessalonians 4:10; 5:11; 2 Corinthians 13:11; Hebrews 3:13; 10:25) use the same root word. How then do you think Christians parakaleo one another?

• Ephesians 4:11-16. Central to “building up the body of Christ” and becoming “mature… to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ” is “speaking the truth in love.” What is the outcome of truth without love? Of love without truth? How can we “speak the truth in love” without making people feel we are “beating them over the head” with the Scripture or dismissively applying a “Bible Band-Aid” to their wound/struggle/discouragement?

• We encourage and exhort one another not with baseless hope, feel-good sentiment, or empty inspiration but with God’s certain and unchanging Word (Eph. 5:19; Colossians 3:16; 1 Tim. 4:13). Practically, how do we do this?

• Hebrews 3:12-13. “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it” - (Joseph Goebbels). How is this similar to the way that “the deceitfulness of sin” hardens us? How are we warned to fight against this hardening? How can regular “meeting together” (Hebrews 10:23-25) keep us from becoming hard, encourage us to “hold fast to the confession of our hope,” and “stir up one another to love and good deeds”?

• 2 Corinthians 1:3-7. The word “comfort”/”encouragement” is used repeatedly in this passage. What do we learn about encouraging one another?

• Acts 4:36-37. Barnabas is a nickname meaning “son of encouragement.” Pray together that this week the Lord will help you see, seek, and act to become a son/daughter of encouragement?

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