It's a Necessity
Acts 20 After the uproar ceased, Paul sent for the disciples, and after encouraging them, he said farewell and departed for Macedonia...
think about it.
The uproar in Ephesus got Paul moving again; where did he go and with whom (20:1-6)? What happened when Paul's teaching session went late (20:7-12)? At Miletus, Paul met with the Ephesian leaders; what was the essence of his message to them (20:17-35)? What in Paul's testimony tells you about the Spirit's power in our lives? How will you let the Spirit empower you today?
There's no doubt that Paul was an excellent preacher and teacher. But Paul was also a good encourager. He recognized that his brothers and sisters in Christ needed support and encouragement. In Acts 20:1-2 Paul calls the disciples together and gives them encouragement, and then we see that Paul traveled through the regions of Macedonia and gave the believers there "much encouragement." Bottom line...encouragement between Christ-followers is absolutely essential. We all need to give and to receive it.
So what opportunities can you think of where you can be an encourager to a fellow believer this week? And on the flip side, how can you use and draw on this passage when you're in need of encouragement? Tami W.
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