Encouragement (Gk. “paramutheomai”) means to counsel, advise; comfort – Vine, Unger, and White’s, An Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words.

  • (Gk. “protrepo”) means to urge forward, persuade.
  • (Gk. “paraklesis”) a calling to one’s aid; an exhortation, encouragement, beseech, comfort.
  • (Gk. “parakaleo”) to beseech or exhort, encourage, comfort.

to give courage, hope, or confidence to; to help or give support to – Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary.

Exhort – to strongly urge, warn, or advise – Webster’s.

 

1 Thes. 5:14    What is our responsibility toward the fainthearted (timid)?

[Gk. “paramutheomai” – to stimulate to the discharge (i.e., performing/doing) of the ordinary duties of life – Vine’s, p. 356].

[The fainthearted/timid tend to become discouraged and despondent, in despair, more easily than most. They need cheering up, stimulation to press on, and extra help to live the Christian life.].

Are you doing this?               Why?

 

If so, specifically, how are you doing this?

 

If you’re not, when and how do you plan on starting?

 

1 Thes. 5:11    What are we commanded to do?

When and how have you done this?

 

  • Do you acknowledge people’s presence when either you or they enter a room?
  • Do you give people a warm greeting when you meet them?
  • Do you let people know that you are praying for or thinking about them, if in fact you are?
  • Do you write notes of appreciation or thanks to people?
  • Do you compliment people for a job well done or a good character quality they have?
  • Do you remember people’s birthdays?
  • Do you send people get well cards or phone them to see how they’re doing?
  • Do you genuinely listen to people when they talk to you?
  • Do you fix things for people if you have the ability to?
  • Do you get items for people that you know they need?
  • Do you give people a helping hand with things they have difficulty doing by themselves?
  • Do you show interest in people by asking questions about them?
  • Do you verbally tell people how much they mean to you?

 

2 Tim. 4:2       What are we to do with great patience and instruction to those failing to live the Christian life the way they should?

Is this what you’re doing?

Why do you think we are to do this with great patience and instruction?

 

Titus 1:9         Not only must an overseer meet moral and spiritual standards in his personal life, but he must also be able to do what?

As a spiritual leader are you exhorting/encouraging/urging others to live godly by teaching them biblical/accurate doctrine, and why?

 

When, and how often?

 

If you’re not a spiritual leader, are you ready to do this, and why?

 

How could you be ready, and when do you plan on starting?

 

Titus 2:6             What was Titus commanded to do?

Do you ever encourage/urge young Christian men to be sensible/self-controlled, and why?

 

Has anyone ever encouraged/urged you to be sensible/self-controlled, and why?

 

If so, how did he/she go about doing it?

 

Heb. 3:12-13          What is our responsibility here?

How often?                               Why?

 

How often do you encourage Christians in their spiritual lives so as to keep them from an evil, unbelieving heart (Heb. 3:12)?

How could you encourage a Christian in this area?

 

Lk. 5:24-25    What did Jesus do to the paralytic man?

What happened?

Though we cannot go around healing anyone, what can we do to encourage a sick person?

 

Have you ever done this?             Why, and when?

 

Lk. 6:22-23         Why should you be glad and leap for joy when men hate you, and ostracize (banish, exclude) you, heap insults upon you, and spurn (reject) your name as evil?

 

Knowing that your reward will be great in heaven, does this encourage/motivate you?

If so, how?

 

Lk. 23:43        What did Jesus say to one of the criminals who believed in Him?

 

Have you ever encouraged someone who thought that he/she was too sinful to go to heaven by telling him/her that he/she was going to heaven because he/she placed his/her faith in Jesus as his/her Savior?

If so, when?

Was he/she encouraged?                   How do you know?

 

Acts 3:2-6       Though Peter did not possess any silver or gold, what did he give the cripple/lame man?

Though we cannot make a cripple/lame man walk, what can we say or do to encourage such a person, and why that?

 

Acts 4:23-24        What did Peter and John do after their release?

 

When their companions heard this, what happened?

Have you ever shared with other Christians how God has brought you through some hard time and how good God is?

How does a person get encouraged/given confidence and comfort through this?

 

Acts 11:23      What did Barnabas do?

 

When you encourage/strongly urge people, is it with a resolute (determined) heart?

How do you specifically encourage Christians to remain true to the Lord?

 

Acts 12:17      What things did Peter want to be reported to James and the brethren?

When God helps you through hard times, what do you do (e.g., just tell your friends about it, tell all your acquaintances about it, or keep it to yourself), and why?

When was the last time you did this?

 

Acts 14:21-22            After preaching the gospel, making many converts, and then returning to some former cities where he strengthened the souls of the believers there, what else did Paul and Barnabas do?

 

Do you encourage Christians to continue/remain in the faith?

How?

 

Has anyone ever encouraged you to remain true/faithful to the Lord and Christianity when things were rough for you?

How did you feel, and why?

 

Acts 15:30-33             Why did they (the Christians in Antioch) rejoice when they read the letter?

What did Judas and Silas do also?

 

Have you ever done this (i.e., sent letters of encouragement) or verbally shared some encouraging biblical truths with new believers?

If so, how often?

 

Acts 18:27      What did the brethren do when Apollos wanted to go across to Achaia?

Have you ever encouraged (verbally supported) someone when he was about to leave to do God’s work and also written a letter to where he was going, so that the people would welcome him there (if you knew people there)?

 

Acts 27:33-36             What did Paul encourage/urge them to do?

What happened (Acts 27:36)?

 

How could you encourage someone to eat some food, get rest or sleep, see a doctor, etc. if that person needed it?

Or, has anyone ever encouraged you to do any of the above?

If so, how did they do it?

 

Rom. 1:11-12             What did Paul desire for himself and the Christians at Rome, while among them?

Have you ever encouraged/strengthened your spiritual leader by your faith in God (i.e., trusted God, as evidenced by the way you lived)?

If so, when, and how (e.g., for finances, relationships, your future, some project, protection, necessities, etc.)?

 

Rom. 12:8       The person who has the gift of exhortation/encouragement should do what?

If you have the spiritual gift of exhortation/encouragement, do you exercise it by comforting those Christians who need comfort, warning those who need warning, and urging to obedience those who need motivating?

If you don’t have the spiritual gift of exhortation/encouragement, should you be exhorting/encouraging people anyway?

Why (1 Thes. 5:11)?

When was the last time you did this?

 

Eph. 6:21-22              Why did Paul send Tychicus to the Christians in Ephesus?

Have you ever sent someone or has someone else ever sent you for this purpose?

If so, when?

If so, what happened?

 

Phil. 1:12-14          Because of Paul’s imprisonment, what did it give the Philippian Christians?

Have you ever been encouraged because of the imprisonment of another Christian who was doing God’s work?

Do you know of someone who was reluctant about speaking out for Christ, but was encouraged to speak boldly later because of the imprisonment of another Christian?

 

Phil. 2:19         Why did Paul send Timothy to the Philippian Christians?

Would you be encouraged right now if you learned of a Christian friend’s good, spiritual condition whom you haven’t heard from in a long time?

Why?

 

Col. 4:7-8       For what purpose did Paul send Tychicus?

Could someone send you to encourage other people’s hearts because you’re a good encourager and not a sour, depressing, pessimistic, critical kind of person?

 

Col. 4:10-11       Who has proved to be an encouragement to Paul?

Could people say this about you?              Why?

How could you become an encouraging person if you’re not one now (be specific)?

 

1 Thes. 2:10-13       What were Paul and Silvanus and Timothy doing (1 Thes. 2:11)?

Why?

Are you doing this to other Christians?                If so, how often, and how?

 

1 Thes. 4:18       What are we told to do?

What words (1 Thes. 4:13-17)?

 

Have you ever encouraged others with these words?

If so, when?

 

Philemon 1:7   What did Paul tell Philemon?

Why?

 

Have the hearts/lives of other Christians ever been refreshed through you?

If so, how?

 

Or, has your life ever been refreshed through other Christians?

If so, how?

 

Heb. 6:17-18         What’s impossible for God to do?

 

What should that cause us to have?

Has it been for you?                  If so, how?

 

Heb. 12:4-6         What exhortation did these Hebrew Christians forget?

Do you forget God’s exhortations/warnings in the Bible and, therefore, suffer the consequences or react wrongly?

If so, give an example.

 

Deut. 3:28           Since Moses could not lead the people across the Jordan River, what did God tell Moses to do?

Why?

How could you encourage someone who has taken the leadership position of someone else who was over you, and who is now going to help you reach your God-given goal(s)?

 

1 Sam. 23:16-18     What did Jonathan do to David?

How?

Have you ever encouraged someone in God (i.e., to trust God)?

If so, how?

Or, has someone ever encouraged you in the Lord?

If so, how?

 

Psa. 10:17     What will God do to the humble?

Knowing this, how does it motivate you to live, and why?

 

Dan. 11:1        Whom was Daniel an encouragement and protection to?

Are you an encouragement to any political leader?

If so, how?

 

Ezek. 13:22     What had the prophetesses encouraged the wicked to do?

Have you ever encouraged someone to continue in sin (wickedness) or to sin, and why?

What should you have done instead, and why?

 

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