The Power of Encouragement



Various Passages

What is Encouragement?

  1. Encouragement is sacrificing for others

“Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus, whom the apostles called Barnabas (which means Son of Encouragement), sold a field he owned and brought the money and put it at the apostles feet”                                 Acts 4:36, 37

  1. Encouragement is affirming and including others.

“When he (Saul) came to Jerusalem, he tried to join the disciples, but they were all afraid of him, not believing that he really was a disciple. But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles.  He told them how Saul on his journey had seen the Lord and that the Lord had spoken to him, and how in Damascus he had preached fearlessly in the name of Jesus.

Acts 9:26-27

  1. Encouragement is seeing past faults and believing in others.

“Barnabas wanted to take John, also called Mark, with them, but Paul did not think it wise to take him, because he had deserted them in Pamphylia and had not continued with them in the work. They had such a sharp disagreement that they parted company.  Barnabas took Mark and sailed for Cyprus”.                                                                    Acts 15:37-39

How can I be an Encourager?

  1. Look for people around you who need encouragement.

2. Be genuine and generous with your encouragement.

3. Be Specific with your encouragement.