SAF Theme: Upholding each other in walking gracefully with Christ!
- Encourage more members to participate and share in the SAF meetings and discussions.
- Create an open and inclusive environment to better support our senior members in serving God and the church more actively.
SAF Theme: “Upholding each other in walking gracefully with Christ!”
“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.”(Philippians 4:8-9)
These are the encouraging words of Apostle Paul, even while he was a prisoner in Rome. I think most of us would have wonder how could it be possible, and so the answer must really be his closeness in walking with Christ, our Lord! Thus even in such adversity and uncertainty, Paul still wrote to encourage the Philippians, who also had been such an encouragement to him.
This reminded me of an article “Encouraging One Another – Giving Grace in Your Words.” By Garrett Kell. I will summarise this article as follow:-
“But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. (Hebrews 3:13).”
Encouraging notes can be short, but the Lord used it to stir some much-needed strength for his soul.
Encouraging remarks led him to read Bible passages to see God’s love for His people and is like oxygen to the church that keeps hearts beating, minds clear, and hands inspired to serve.
Encouragement is so vital to the church, and God explicitly commands it. (1 Thess. 4:18;5:11; Heb. 3:13)
Our Lord Jesus warns us of trouble and also encourages us in John gospel. “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
Biblical encouragement will lift one’s heart toward the Lord (Col. 4:8) and points them to the promises of God’s grace and control of every situation.
Encouragement is an essential way of extending grace to each other and some examples to get started are:
- Initiate and pray for God to make you an encourager.
- Learn from ensample, like Barnabas and ask God to make you like him.
- Make encouragement a daily discipline.
- Pray for God to show you who to encourage.
- Use Scripture if you’re able.
- Be specific and wise in what you say.
- Regularly encourage your pastor and church leadership.
- Pray that God would create a culture of encouragement in your church.
May the Lord do more than we can imagine through just a little encouragement. (Eph. 3:20-21)