Acts 4: 36 “Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus, whom the apostles called Barnabas (which means “son of encouragement”)”
Whenever God’s people did anything significant in the Bible they needed encouragement. Are you an encourager today? Do people talk of you in such a way?
Encouragement is powerful.
1. Encouragement will take someone to a place they thought they could never enter and get them to do something they thought they would never do.
“Your assistant, Joshua son of Nun, will enter it. Encourage him, because he will lead Israel to inherit it.” Deut 1:38
2. Maybe you should look around at all that people do to make your church a great church, look at their faithful service and encourage them to continue to do that work.
“Josiah appointed the priests to their duties and encouraged them in the service of the Lord’s temple.” 2 Chronicles 35:2
3. Encouragement takes the time to listen
“You hear, O Lord, the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry.” Psalm 10:17
4. Encouragement is a gift that we need to ask God for.
“We have different gifts, according to the grace given us … if it is encouraging, let him encourage.” Romans 12:6,8
5. Encouragement leaves us with hope for our future.
“For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.” Romans 15:4
6. To be an encourager means that you will have to be strong at times.
“Gently encourage the stragglers, and reach out for the exhausted, pulling them to their feet.” 1 Thess 5:14 Msg.
7. Encouragement gets people to the places where they should be – church services!
“Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Hebrews 10:25