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12/10/2017 Rex Crossland  Encourage one another 
12/3/2017 Rex Crossland  Cutting Edge 
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11/5/2017 Rex Crossland  21st century Christianity 
10/29/2017 Rex Crossland  We and they 
10/22/2017 Rex Crossland  Looking for a leader 
10/15/2017 Rex Crossland  If the world hates you 
10/8/2017 Rex Crossland  Back to the Bible 
10/1/2017 Rex Crossland  So why church? 

Bulletin Article 12/10/2017

Paul had a deep desire to see the brothers and sisters in Rome. He said he wanted to impart to them a spiritual gift, to "make them strong." (Romans 1:11-12) His goal was that "you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other's faith."

We are supposed to encourage one another (I Thessalonians 4:18, 5:11; Hebrews 3:13.) What does that mean?

The Greek word is parakleo. I don't always spend time with Greek definitions, but here it may be helpful. We have talked a number of times about the Paraklete (John 15:26.) There the word describes the Holy Spirit. It is translated with counselor, comforter, advocate. My understanding is that it means someone who goes with. Many commentators explain it as counselor much in the way we refer to lawyers as "counselor."

Like many Biblical principles, we sometimes water this concept down to mean something less than it says. The idea becomes an instruction we take to mean praise or give compliments to each other. Losing the depth of what encouragement really means takes away an important aspect of the power of the fellowship to help each Christian grow strong.

One of the best ways of understanding encouragement is to help others understand "I can Do all things through Christ who gives Me strength." Paul is talking about doing hard and challenging things. "You can Do this" is a phrase successful parents use all the time. Children need to stretched and challenged. Parents go with to encourage, but not to do it for the child.

Walking in the faith works the same way. All around you are people of faith who struggle. it makes a world of difference to have someone in their life simply to say: "You can Do this!"

Rex