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Sermon by Mike Smith
One thing that we all need is encouragement. Families, churches, our children, Christians, the sick, and senior citizens need encouragement. Most importantly, lost souls need encouragement.
Encouragement is vital for life and relationships. It helps when we are overwhelmed. It propels us to success instead of failure. It can be the difference that makes us victorious rather than becoming a victim. If you think about it, there is never a time in life when we do not need encouraging.
What does the Bible say? 1 Thessalonians 5.11 & 14 tells us:
“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up... Just as in fact you are doing. Encourage the timid... Help the weak... Be patient with everyone.”
2 Thessalonians 2.17 says:
“Be encouraged in your hearts and strengthen in every good deed and word.”
2 Timothy 4.2:
“Preach the Word... Be prepared in season and out of season. Correct, rebuke, and encourage... with great patience and careful instruction.”
“Hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught... so that we can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it.”
“Encourage one another daily, as long as it is called today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin's deceitfulness.”
Obviously, the scriptures tell us that God wants us to be encouragers. So let’s see what we can learn about being an encourager.
Love Your Brother
Patrick Dooley - Sermon 2/7/2016
I wanted to start tonight with a story that’s been making the rounds on the internet that is said to have happened a couple of years ago. While quite possibly a hoax – it is on the internet after all – I think the story and people’s reactions to it is illustrative for our purposes and this lesson.
A pastor transformed himself into a homeless person and went to the 10,000 member church that he was to be introduced as the head pastor at that morning. He walked around his soon to be church for 30 minutes while it was filling with people for service....only 3 people out of the 7-10,000 people said hello to him. He asked people for change to buy food... NO ONE in the church gave him change. He went into the sanctuary to sit down in the front of the church and was asked by the ushers if he would please sit in the back. He greeted people to be greeted back with stares and dirty looks, with people looking down on him and judging him.