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November 26, 2017

  


   Sermon Title: ‘Tis the Season to . . . Be an Encourager





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Hebrews 10:25



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Scripture Reading: Acts 4:36; Acts 20:35; Proverbs 11:24-25



Scripture Text: Hebrews 10:25

“not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”



‘Tis the Season to . . . Be an Encourager

Introduction: Chuck Swindoll in his book Growing Deep in the Christian Life tells about a man getting ready to make an around-the-world voyage in his homemade boat. Without exception everyone on the pier was vocally pessimistic. Everyone was telling him everything that could possibly go wrong. “The sun will broil you.” “You won’t have enough food.” “That boat of yours won’t withstand any storms.” “You’ll never make it.”

A man standing nearby heard all these discouraging words and decided instead to offer some words of encouragement. As the little boat began pulling away from shore, he went to the end of the pier and began waving both his arms wildly and shouted, “Bon voyage! You’re really something! We’re with you! We’re proud of you! Good luck, brother!”

This story is so similar to our lives.
In a sense, all of us are in a little boat. We are on a long journey, not knowing if we are going to make it or not. And as we push out to sea, there are very few people who stand there giving us encouragement. Most are only critical or negative.
Several passages from the book of Acts shows how Barnabas encouraged others and hopefully, we can learn from him. Barnabas encouraged others in certain ways.

Encouragement I. ENCOURAGEMENT IN FINANCES
Acts 4:37 says that Barnabas “sold a field he owned and brought the money and put it at the apostles’ feet.”

Encouragement II. ENCOURAGEMENT IN FELLOWSHIP
Barnabas was also an encourager in Christian fellowship. After Saul was converted to Christ, the Scripture says in Acts 9:26 “When he (Saul) came to Jerusalem, he tried to join the disciples, but they were all afraid of him, not believing that he was really a disciple.”

Encouragement III. ENCOURAGEMENT IN FAILURE
Or we could say, encouragement in spite of failure. In Acts 15:36-39 Paul and Barnabas agreed on the importance of this missionary trip but they couldn’t agree on who to take with them.

Let’s go to A NEW DIMENSION!! ”




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