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1 Thes. 5:11 – “Body Building”
Sun. June 11th 2017 – Pastor Stephan
Sermon Outline
I. The Believer’s Assurance of Salvation Brings Great Encouragement throughout Life’s Hardships (1 Thes. 5:9-10).
A. Scripture is clear that God’s wrath is coming (1 Thes. 4:10; John 3:36).
B. Most people suppress the knowledge of God’s existence (Rom. 1:18,21).
C. More people suppress the awareness of truth and coming judgement (Rom. 1:32).
D. Believers are appointed by God to receive salvation through Jesus (1 Thes. 5:9).
E. Believers encourage one another with the knowledge and assurance of salvation (1 Thes. 5:10).
II. Believers are to Encourage One Another and Build Each One Up (1 Thes. 5:11).
A. Set a good example before other believers (Acts 4:36-37).
B. Speak in praise of others to encourage them (Acts 9:26-28).
C. Encourage others to live up to their full potential in Christ (Acts 15:35-41).
Questions for Study and Reflection
1. Recall a time when someone encouraged you during a difficult time in your life. What effect did that encouragement have? Why did they do it? Recall a time when you had the opportunity to encourage someone in a task or situation that they had face. How did it make you feel?
2. When is the last time you heard someone issue harsh and discouraging words either to you or someone else? How did it make you feel? What was the impact on you or that person? What do you think the long-term impact could be? Do you think the outcome would have been different if encouraging words were used? Why or why not?
3. Read 1 Thes. 5:1-11. On what basis does Paul command the Christians in Thessalonica to encourage and build up one another? In your own words what does it mean to do this? Is such an imperative still in effect in today’s church?
4. Take a quick look at the life and times of Barnabas (Acts 4:36-37, 9:26-28, 11:19-30, 13:1-4; 15:35-41). What do you think was Barnabas’ greatest achievement in his service of Jesus Christ? What impact did he have on the early church? What differentiates Barnabas and believers today?
5. What would happen in your own life and the life of Bethel if we as a whole became more encouraging and less discouraging? Do you think it would have any impact at all in the lives of individuals? In the church? In the community? Why or why not?
6. Pray this week for the opportunity to speak true words of encouragement to someone that God is prompting you to contact or to love them in a real and tangible way. Try to make this a regular practice in your Christian walk.

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