Exhort and encourage one another.

These two big “E”s are repeatedly mentioned by the apostle Paul.

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Paul and Barnabas depicted.

Heb.3:13 “But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.”

I Thess.2:11, 5:14 “As ye know how we exhorted and comforted (encouraged) and charged every one of you, as a father doth his children”, “Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort (encourage) the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.”

Barnabas’ names means son of consolation (encouragement) Acts 4:36.

How do we encourage in the fellowship with other believers?

  • Praise them when praise is due—commend, thank, give thanks for them.
  • Edify—build them up (strengthen them in midst of difficulties by stirring up their faith and assuring them of God’s promises), instruct them by increasing their knowledge, encouraging faith and love.
  • Urge or beseech them.

Why do we need to exhort?

Because our unbelief causes departures from God (Ps.95). The Israelites shunned to covenant promises of God for Canaan, the blessings held no attraction for them, perhaps because they knew they would need to fight for them! Frequently they, and we, are deceived by attractive idolatry and sin.

How do we exhort in the fellowship? Daily!

It means to call alongside to help either:

  • comfort
  • rebuke
  • instruct

Don’t be afraid to do this as James tells us in James 5:19-20.

Gleaned from message by Rev. Martyn McGeown of Limerick Reformed Fellowship and Standard Bearer article 1/3/14 by Rev. James Slopsema.

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