STUDY 18 EXHORT ONE ANOTHER In every group of believers, at any give time, there are some who are facing various trials and problems. One believer may be hesitant or resistant to take some course of action which obedience to the Scriptures requires. Another may be discouraged, lonely or depressed with the circumstances of life. Still another may be troubled and shaken by an illness or death in the family or by problems at home or at work. In all these situations which so often afflict us even as Christians, we are called upon to build up one another by exhorting or another. The Command: Hebrews 3:12-13 “Take heed, brethren, lest haply there shall be in any one of you an evil heart of unbelief, in falling away from the living God: but exhort one another day by day, so long as it is called today; lest any one of you be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.” Definition: Exhorting one another is a three-fold ministry in which believers urge Each other to action in terms of applying Scriptural truth, encourage each other generally with Scriptural truth, and comfort each other through the application of Scriptural truth to their needs. The main thrust of the command is that believers should strive to help each other understand the implications of the word of God for daily living. Examples of exhortation urging others to action: Romans 15:30 Philemon 8-11 Examples of exhortation encouraging others: Acts 11:23 Acts 14:21-22 Examples of exhortation comforting others: 2 Corinthians 2:6-7 2 Corinthians 7:6-7 Implications: The command to exhort one another implies: Christians need the help of other believers in their daily living. Exhortation is primarily a ministry of the Word of God. Christians are to help each other understand the implications of the Word for daily living and apply them to particular situations. Exhortation is primarily need-directed. The type of exhortation to be given is determined by the situation at hand. Either urging, or encouraging, or comforting may be required. Exhorting one another demands that believers become actively involved in the lives of other believers. Exhorting may occur in the gathered church or among individuals depending on the need. Comment on Attitude: Exhortation is a positive ministry, not a corrective, disciplinary one. There should never be a desire to harm, criticize, or aggravate, but only to affirm, encourage, and stimulate. When we exhort one another, we do it ____________________________________ Romans 15:30. Philemon 9 _____________________________________ 2 Corinthians 10:1 _____________________________________ I Thessalonians 2:11 _____________________________________ 1 Timothy 5:1 _____________________________________ 2 Timothy 4:2 Situations for Exhortation: Some typical exhortations given in the early church which may also be need today: _____________ Romans 15:30; 1 Timothy 2:1ff; Hebrews 13:18-19 _____________ Romans 16:17; 1 Corinthians 1:10; 1 Timothy 1:3 _____________ I Corinthians 1:10;1 Timothy 1:3 _____________ Philippians 4:2 _____________ I Corinthians 4:16 _____________ I Corinthians 16:15-16 _____________ 2Corinthians 8:6 _____________ 2 Corinthians :4-6; 1 Thessalonians 3:1-2, 4:18 _____________ Titus 2:6 _____________ I Thessalonians 4:11-12; 2 Thessalonians 3:12; I Timothy 6:1-2 _____________ Hebrews 10: 25 _____________ I Peter 2:11; Hebrews 3:13-14 _____________ I Thessalonians 4:9-10 _____________ Ephesians 4:1; 1 Thessalonians 2:11-12; I Thessalonians 4:9 Use: Exhorting one another is a highly useful means of; - enabling all members of the body of Christ to live consistently holy lives. - enabling each other to fulfill the desire to be like Christ. - by its effects, make obvious to the world holiness in us. - strengthening the witness of the Church to the world of the nature and character of Christ.