Preacher's Pulpit by Dr. Joe Tims

Encouraging One Another

Heb 10:24-25

"And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: (25) Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching."

INTRODUCTION

We Must Stir Up (encourage) each Other according to verse 24.

As believers in Christ we have two important spiritual relationships in our lives.

Our relationship with God and our relationship with one another.

We need both for encouragement and to be an encourager.

God has created us as believers to encourage other believers.

That is one of the important functions of the local Church.

Once in a while I come across someone who believes that the local church isn't important to their walk with God.

They are hesitant to make a commitment to the local church.

They are under the mistaken idea that they don't need the fellowship of other believers.

But nothing could be further from the truth.

In my ministry I have never met a believer who was committed to God, but wouldn't come to church.

I have met plenty of folks who dropped out of church and now are doing nothing to serve Him.

Encouragement is about giving and receiving.

I. The PRINCIPLE of Encouragement

A. Paul says: "And let us consider one another." (V24a)

B. "Consider" means "to fully observe, to perceive carefully."

C. We are to give serious thought to each other on how we are effecting one another.

D. We are not to take each other for granted.

E. We are to pray for each other every day.

II. The PURPOSE of Encouragement

A. Why are we to "consider" or think carefully about each other?

B. The answer is "to provoke unto love and to good works." (V24b)

C. We are to always be watching and carefully considering ways that we can be used to encourage other people to show "love and good works."

D. Why should we care about good works?

(Matt 5:16) "Let Your Light So Shine Before Men, That They May See Your Good Works, and Glorify Your Father Which Is in Heaven."

E. Good works is doctrine for the believer's groweth.

(Titus 3:8) "This Is a Faithful Saying, and These Things I Will That Thou Affirm Constantly, That They Which Have Believed in God Might Be Careful to Maintain Good Works. These Things Are Good and Profitable unto Men."

III. The PLAN of Encouragement

A. The 'how to' or the 'practical side' of mutual encouragement is in:

(Heb 10:25) "Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching."

B. We are to not be "forsaking the assembling of ourselves together."

C. We cannot offer encouragement nor can we receive encouragement if we are not here!

D. Your church is in God's plan for encouragement.

E. Forsaking discourages and attending encourages.

F. This world does enough to beat us down!

G. When we come church for fellowship, we need to be encouraged!

H. We need one another!.

(Eccl 4:10) "For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up."

Conclusion:

We need to be encouraged and to be an encourager!