The Christian Ministry of Encouragement

We live in a world that is under the curse of God as a consequence of man’s sin in the garden (Gen. 3:17-19). Someday, God will remove the curse after He defeats all of His enemies (Rom. 8:18-25; 1 Cor. 15:20-28; Rev. 21-22). But, in between now and that time, born again Christians face the onslaught of the world (1 John 2:15-17), the flesh (Rom.7:13-25; Eph, 2:1-10), and the devil (1 Pet. 5:8-9; Jas. 4:6-10). We struggle with temptation, sin, discouragement, and shame. We know what Christ has accomplished for us through His finished work on the cross and resurrection (1 Cor. 15:1-3). We know that Jesus is victorious (John 16:33) and through Him we are victorious (1 John 5:1-5).

But, the reality is that we still sin, even as true believers (1 John 1:5-2:2). We still become discouraged (Php. 4:4-5). We still worry and fear (Php. 4:6-7). God knows that we need the rest of the body of Christ to correct us when we sin (Matt.18:15-20). We need encouragement when we are weak (1 Th. 5:14). Listen to what God says about the Christian ministry of encouragement, “Watch out, brothers, so that there won’t be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart that departs from the living God. But encourage each other daily, while it is still called today, so that none of you is hardened by sin’s deception. For we have become companions of the Messiah if we hold firmly until the end the reality that we had at the start” (Heb. 3:12–14 HCSB). And here also, “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up as you are already doing” (1 Thess. 5:11 HCSB).

How do we faithfully and biblically carry out the Christian ministry of encouragement? We sing and speak biblically based songs to one another. Scripture says, “And don’t get drunk with wine, which leads to reckless actions, but be filled by the Spirit: speaking to one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing and making music from your heart to the Lord, giving thanks always for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another in the fear of Christ” (Eph. 5:18–21 HCSB). We speak to one another with words that build up one another spiritually (Eph. 4:29-32). We encourage and strengthen the church by serving each other with our spiritual gifts (Eph. 4:11-16). We speak to one another with God’s Word and serve according to God’s strength (1 Pet. 4:10-11). God uses His Word to build up believers spiritually (Acts 20:32). We pray for one another (Php. 1:9-11; Eph. 6:18-20; 1 Th. 4:1-2; 5:23-24; Col. 1:9-14).

If you are born again through faith in the gospel then you are able to encourage other believers in their relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. You may encourage other believers through:

  • encouraging words (Heb. 3:12-14; 1 Th. 5:11)

  • biblically based songs (Eph. 5:18-21; Col. 3:15-16)

  • Scripture (Acts 20:32; 2 Tim. 3:16-17)

  • confronting one another (Matt. 18:15-20; 1 Cor. 5)

  • correcting one another (2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2:23-26)

  • rebuking one another (2 Tim. 4:2; Titus 1:13-14)

  • restoring one another (Gal. 6:1-2; 2 Cor. 2:5-11)

  • serving with God’s strength (1 Pet. 4:10-11; Gal. 6:9-10)

  • serving with your spiritual gifts (Eph. 4:11-16; Rom. 12:3-6)

  • providing for one another’s needs (Rom. 12:13; Heb. 13:16)

  • praying for one another (Php. 1:9-11; Eph. 6:18-20; Col. 1:9-14; 1 Th. 4:1-2; 5:23-24)

The Christian ministry of encouragement is essential the health and well-being of the Church. Which areas are you consistently carrying out the biblical ministry of encouragement and which areas could use some help? Of course, all of this must be with God’s enablement and according to His Word. Keep seeking Him through prayer and the Word.

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