Connections that Count |March 10, 2021
This week we looked at both being a person of encouragement and receiving God’s Word of encouragement. Receiving encouragement is not only necessary when we or others are struggling, but it is a lifeline to a life of faithfulness.
24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 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. Hebrews 10:24-25
With the help of Silas, whom I regard as a faithful brother, I have written to you briefly, encouraging you and testifying that this is the true grace of God. Stand fast in it. 1 Peter 5:12
For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans 15:4
These passages reveal three practical rhythms for our weekly encouragement.
1. Meeting weekly with the body of Christ. Hebrews 10:24-25
· What are some practical ways that worship and weekly meeting together provide encouragement? What are the reasons we can get in the “habit” of losing this rhythm?
2. Having a brother/sister in Christ support you as you live out faith. 1 Peter 5:12
· We normally think of the apostles writing letters alone. But Peter has Silas working alongside him as he encourages the church. We see this same pattern of partnership with Paul. Knowing the apostles needed partners in their ministry what does that mean for you and me?
3. Daily receive encouragement from God’s Word into your life. Romans 15:4
· How can Scripture have this role in your life in your weekly rhythm?
Which of these rhythms of encouragement are you most faithfully putting into practice? Is there one that needs more attention? Identify at least one of these rhythms you can put into practice this week. Obviously, the goal is all three each week, but we often need focus to move forward. Write out your strategy for how you will put this into practice.
God, I need your weekly encouragement! You do not want me to be alone on this journey. Thank you for giving a worshipping community, individuals, and your Word as sources of encouragement. Guard me from complacency and the excuses that prevent me from moving forward in my faith. Amen!
Lauren Daigle – “Come Alive (Dry Bones)