Encourage One Another

Followers of Christ are called to come to the aid of fellow believers and help them to grow spiritually. In part 5 of Biblical Fellowship, Pastor Dan Cox reads from 1 Thessalonians 5:4-11.

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Study Notes

“Koinonia” = Common Life

  • Though we are many, we are the one Body of Christ
  • Through the Spirit, we are to love one another with Christ’s sacrificial love
  • We are to forgive one another as the Lord forgave us
  • We are free to serve others in love

Understanding the Text

  1. Our Position: Children of light (vv. 4 – 5)
  2. Our Commandment: Act as children of light (vv. 6 – 8)
  3. Our Appointment: Life (vv. 9 – 10)
  4. Our Obligation: Encourage one another (v. 11)

Encourage One Another…

  1. Love and acceptance in Christ
  2. Instruction in God’s truth through word and life example
  3. Gently correcting sinful attitudes and behaviors
  4. Prayer
  5. Practical deeds of service
  6. Complimenting signs of growth and spiritual service
  7. Taking the initiative to maintain unity in the Spirit
  8. Providing a listening ear

Principles from the Text

  • Believers are children of light
  • Believers, therefore, must act as children of light
  • Believers are appointed to life
  • Believers, therefore, must encourage one another

Applying the Text

  • Do you act as a child of the light?
  • Are you encouraged by your position and appointment?
  • Who can you encourage this week?