Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Encouragement (Growth Bible Study)

     Encouragement is a huge blessing from following Christ. As a body, we are called to lift each other up and encourage one another's walk with God. If this opportunity to live giving encouragement is applied, following God alongside other believers will be so awesome!

     In John 13, Jesus washes his disciples feet. In that culture only the lowest class servants would wash other's feet. Jesus goes in to say, "Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should  was one another's feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you" (John13:14-15). 
     Jesus served, loved, and encouraged us to the ultimate level. He tells us that his example of loving each other is the one we should follow.

  • Jesus says, "A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all me will know that your are my disciples, if you love one another" (John 13:34-35)
  • "Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may befit those who listen" (Ephesians 4:29).  
  • "And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another - all the more as you see the Day approaching" (Hebrews 10:24-25).
  • "... There fore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing" (1 Thessalonians 5:9-11).
  • "See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called "Today", so that none of you may be hardened by sin's deceitfulness" (Hebrews 3:12-13).
  • The early church did an awesome job of loving each other. See Acts 2:42-47.
  • Acts 14:21-22

     [Life Application] James 1:22 & 1John 5:3
     * As a immediate application of God's Word, let's do a circle of encouragement.
     * As a larger life application of God's Word, let's be intentional. Let's go out loving, encouraging, and serving one another. Not only because Christ commands us to, but out of love for both the people and for Jesus. Let's make this a life habit that draws more and more people to Christ.

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