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Today we are starting a new series titled “The Church and the Modern Family”

Today is part 1 Let Us Encourage One Another.

Text

Hebrews 10:24 (ESV)

24 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works,

Scripture Reading

Hebrews 10:19-25 (ESV)

The Full Assurance of Faith

19 Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, 

20 by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, 

21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 

22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. 

23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. 

24 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 

25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.

Hebrews 12:1-2 (ESV)

Jesus, Founder and Perfecter of Our Faith

12 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 

2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

Prayer

Holy Father, we approach your throne, reminded that you are the giver of every good and perfect gift.

We thank you for life.

We thank you for the work that we have the privilege of doing and for the witness that we have the privilege of giving.

We thank you for the gift of time.

We are humbled as we think of your many blessings to us.

Today we give ourselves as on offering to you to express our gratitude and love.

Help us to live each day for the purpose of serving and helping.

Accept our offerings today for the advancement of your kingdom’s work.

It is in Jesus name we pray.

Amen.

Introduction

Everyone needs encouragement, no-one is exempt from the need to be encouraged by others.

This is particularly true in family circles.

Husbands need encouragement from their wives and wives need encouragement from their husbands.

Mothers need encouragement from their children and children need encouragement from their mothers.

Children in fact need encouragement from both parents constantly.

It is interesting to note how our text is translated in various bible versions.

The Jing James version put it  like this, Hebrews 10:24 (KJV)

24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:

Provoke means to arouse to action, to excite, to stir up feelings.

The word is often used to reference arousing someone to anger, but in our text it is a strong word used to encourage love and good works.

The English Standard Version translates the verse Hebrews 10:24 (ESV)

24 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works,

Stir up means to move, to excite, to agitate.

The Good News Translation translates our text as Hebrews 10:24 (GNT)

24 Let us be concerned for one another, to help one another to show love and to do good.

To be concerned is to show interest or care.

To help is to provide assistance.

The New International Version puts it Hebrews 10:24 (NIV)

24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds,

To spur is to prompt or motivate.

Whatever the version used, the verse urges us to help one another practice self giving love and perform good works for God and others.

  1. Let us encourage one another.
  1. This imperative is all inclusive in its necessity.

Every one of us will need encouragement during the coming week as we attempt to achieve various goals.

Achievement is always the result of overcoming obstacles.

B. This imperative is all inclusive in its application.

God’s will is for each of us to be a cheerleader for others.

  1. Husbands and wives should encourage each other as they work toward a happy and successful marriage.

2. Parents should encourage their children, especially through words of appreciation.

Too often parents are overly generous with criticism and stingy with encouragement.

3. Children can greatly encourage their parents by their choices and their conduct.

4. Teachers have an awesome opportunity to encourage students to achieve excellence, and students can also be a great encouragement to their teachers.

5. In employer / employee relationships, there is much room for improvement in encouraging each other.

6. Good coaches are those who can encourage their team as a whole to strive for excellence.

7. All Christians should consider themselves part of God’s cheering squad to encourage other Christians.

2. Why is continuous encouragement needed?

An illness that often goes undetected afflicts many of us.

Its called depression.

People have a tendency to become discouraged even while doing helpful and significant work.

Why is this so?

  1. Some reasons within ourselves make living by the principle of love and helpfulness difficult.

By nature we are immature and self centred.

We find it easier to hate than to love.

We find it easier to quit than to continue.

We must overcome these inward inclinations.

The right kind of encouragement can help us.

B. Some reasons outside ourselves make living by the principal of love and helpfulness difficult.

We live in a self centred world that measures success largely in terms of having and acquiring and accomplishing. 

There is not much encouragement for people to be anything other than self centred.

C. Some reasons even within the Lord’s work make it difficult for us to devote ourselves to a life of loving helpfulness to others.

The sinful world in which we live provides no encouragement.

The devil will do everything he can to create discouragement, despair, and defeat.

Spiritual progress is always an uphill experience.

The prevailing spirit of the world urges us to float downstream, and it is always hard to swim upstream.

The author of Hebrews marshals the spiritual leaders of the past in chapter 11, which has been called faiths hall of fame, so that they may cheer us on as we run the race that has been set before us.

Hebrews 12:1-2 (ESV)

Jesus, Founder and Perfecter of Our Faith

12 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 

2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

Conclusion.

Let us encourage one another to have greater faith in God.

Let us share with others our relationship with Jesus Christ so that we might impart to them the benefits of our faith.

Let us encourage one another to make a sacrifice for God and for others.

The measure of our sacrifice is the measure of our love and our faith.

Until we are willing to sacrifice for our God and for others, our faith will not have much opportunity to develop.

Let us encourage one another to dedicate ourselves to spiritual values.

We live in a world that emphasises materialistic values.

The greatest values, however, are in the heavenly realm.

It has been said that one’s interest will always follow one’s dollars.

If this is true, we can be sure that our heart remains in God’s work by investing in His Church with what ever it is we can give.

Let us encourage one another to live with eternity in mind rather than living with no thought for tomorrow.

Let us encourage one another to be concerned for others” souls.

We can witness to those who come into our own personal circle of influence.

We can contribute to missions, and other organisations that take part in bringing men, women, and children to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

Let us encourage one another to involve ourselves in loving service so that we will truly be worth something to God and to others.

May the Lord enable us to cheer one another onward as He seeks to encourage us.

And may He always put His spirit within us and on us.

Until next time

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