Sermon About Encouragement: Finding Encouragement in Challenging Times 1 Thessalonians 5:12-22

Sermon About Encouragement: Finding Encouragement in Challenging Times  1 Thessalonians 5:12-22

In the journey of life, we all encounter seasons of challenge, doubt, and discouragement. But as followers of Christ, we are not left to face these trials alone. We have the promise of God's Word to guide us and encourage us. Today, we will delve into the Book of Hebrews to discover valuable lessons on how to find encouragement amidst difficulties. Let's explore how God's Word provides us with the strength and hope needed to persevere.

In 1 Thessalonians 5:14-15, the apostle Paul gives instructions to the believers in Thessalonica on how they should treat one another in the church community. He writes, "And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone. Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else."

Courage Will Make the Difference. Joshua and Caleb are remembered for their Courage. The rest are remembered 500 years latter for their cowardice Psalms 95:7-11

Now we exhort you, brethren, warn those who are unruly, comfort the fainthearted, uphold the weak, be patient with all. 1 Thess 5:14
  • Remind them what the word says (4:18; 5:11; Acts 20:2; 1 Cor. 14:31)
  • Be positive – not negative (Num. 21:4; 32:7, 9)
  • Tell them to not give up (1 Thess. 3:2; Acts 11:23)
  • Let know care – are loved (Col. 2:2)
  • Remind them of cycles of life (Psa. 30:5)
  • Remind them of temporary –vs- spiritual (2 Cor. 4:16-18)

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I. Knowing You're on the Right Track (Hebrews Cp. 1-9)

Our journey begins with a reminder of the incredible truths presented in Hebrews chapters 1 to 9. The author lays a solid foundation by highlighting the supremacy of Jesus Christ and the fulfillment of God's plan. When we understand that we are on the right track, following the Savior who has triumphed over all, we find confidence and encouragement.

II. Considering the Danger of Staying Discouraged (Hebrews 6:4-8)

The second dimension of our exploration cautions us against staying discouraged. Hebrews 6:4-8 reminds us of the danger of falling away due to discouragement. We are encouraged to press on, remembering that God's grace is greater than our shortcomings.

III. Remembering God's Promises (Hebrews 6:13-20)

In the third stage, we find encouragement in remembering God's promises. Hebrews 6:13-20 underscores the unchangeable nature of God's promises. When we hold onto these promises, our faith is strengthened, and our hope is renewed.

IV. Considering How Jesus Endured (Hebrews 12:3)

Turning our focus to Hebrews 12, we discover the inspiration that comes from considering how Jesus endured. Hebrews 12:3 encourages us to fix our eyes on Jesus, who endured the cross for the joy set before Him. By following His example, we find strength to overcome our own challenges.

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V. Recognizing It Could Be Worse (Hebrews 12:4)

The fifth aspect of our journey reminds us that things could be worse. Hebrews 12:4 reminds us that our struggles are not unique, and our faith in Christ equips us to overcome even the most challenging situations.

VI. Embracing the Refining Power of Bad Circumstances (Hebrews 12:5-11)

The sixth dimension highlights how bad circumstances can make us better. Hebrews 12:5-11 teaches us that God disciplines those He loves, molding us into vessels of greater faith and maturity through challenges.

VII. Taking Responsibility and Being Determined (Hebrews 12:12)

The final perspective emphasizes the importance of taking responsibility for our actions and being determined to press on. Hebrews 12:12 reminds us to strengthen our hands and our knees and continue the race with unwavering determination.

VIII. Every act of encouragement is seen by our Master and will be rewarded by Him, Matt. 10:41-42.

It is important to trust in God and do not be afraid to ask for His help. With the right attitude, we can accomplish great things by asking God for help.

Courage we can see. David, Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego, Early Christians

When we search God and thank Him for everything He has done, He is more willing to answer our prayers.

By reminding ourselves that it is not our job to take care of the world all by ourselves, we can overcome fear, anxiety and stress. We can build a positive relationship with God and bring peace into our lives.

The people who lacked Courage: Faith Fails For Fear Numbers 14:1. Blame Moses and Aaron Numbers 14:2. Blame God Numbers 14:3

Courage is seen in Paul. 2 Timothy 4:7  I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.

God comforts us so we can comfort others with His comfort, 2 Cor. 1:3-5.

By Urging Each Other to Trust in God, Heb. 13:5-6.

  • 1. The one who saves us will stand by us.
  • 2. We must stand by Him, and help others do the same.
  • 3. Emphasize faithfulness to Lord, 2 Chron. 35:1-2; Acts 14:21-22; 15:41; 18:23.
  • 4. Promote godly living (Acts 9:31), obedient service (Phil. 2:12), and faithful worship (1 Cor. 14:26).


In summary, 1 Thessalonians 5:14-15 encourages us to be intentional about encouraging and building up one another in the faith, through both our words and our actions. As we seek to follow these instructions, we can strengthen our relationships with one another and grow in our walk with God.

John wrote a message of hope describing the ultimate victory of Christ to counteract compromise from within and to encourage perseverance in the midst of hostility from without. As readers see the final future triumph of Christ over evil they can gain confidence for the present. Rev 1:1-3

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