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Encouraging One Another

ENCOURAGING ONE ANOTHER
I THESSALONIANS 5:1-15

INTRODUCTION:
           A.       The word encourage:
                      1.    Defined “To inspire with courage or hope; to cheer; to give heart to; comfort;                                  urge; impel; stimulate”
                      2.    Encouragement is “That which gives boldness; confidence”
          B.         To discourage is “to retard; oppose; hinder”
          C.         In his weakness man often needs to be encouraged; I Thessalonians 5:11
          D.         Our lesson “Encouraging One Another”

I.    GOD ALWAYS OFFERS ENCOURAGEMENT TO HIS PEOPLE:
          A.         He encouraged Hagar when she was sent out; Genesis 21:17-21
          B.         The Lord offered hope and cheer to Jacob; Genesis 28:13-17
          C.         God offered strength in support of Joshua;  Joshua 1:4-5
                      1.         He told Joshua not to be afraid or discouraged; Joshua 1:9
                      2.         Three times, in context, He told Joshua; Joshua 1:6-7, 9
          D.         God comforted Paul during the great storm; Acts 27:22-25
          E.         God promises Christians; Hebrews 13:5

II.    GOD ENCOURAGES MAN TODAY:
        A.         Paul was content with God’s grace; II Corinthians 12:7-9
                   1.         He stated; Philippians 4:11
                   2.         Paul relied on Christ for strength; Philippians 4:13
        B.         Jesus promises to answer the prayers of His followers; Matthew 7:7
                   1.         He offers courage and hope through pardon from sin; Ephesians 1:7
                   2.         He provides hope through His word; Matthew 10:30-32
                   3.         His word comforts, even in death; I Thessalonians 4:13-16
        C.         God offers aid in trials and temptations; I Corinthians 10:13
                   1.         He tells us to watch for His coming; I Thessalonians 5:2-6
                   2.         Peter stated; II Peter 3:11-14

III.    CHRISTIAN LOVE DEMANDS THAT WE ENCOURAGE ONE ANOTHER:
        A.         Build one another up in faith and hope; Jude 20
        B.         Paul told the brethren at Thessalonica:
                   1.         Comfort one another in the knowledge of salvation; I Thessalonians 5:9-10
                   2.         He stated that we are to hold up those who rule; I Thessalonians 5:11-12
       C.         Every member is to be an encourager of others:
                   1.         Paul wrote; I Thessalonians 5:14-15
                   2.         The Hebrew letter states; Hebrews 10:24

CONCLUSION:
        A.         Jesus went about doing good to all men; Acts 10:38
        B.         As children of God, we must follow the Lord’s example; I Corinthians 11:1
        C.         Will you obey Christ and show others the way to heaven?