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How to encourage others

Acts 9:27

“But Barnabas took him, and brought him to the apostles, and declared unto them how he had seen the Lord in the way, and that he had spoken to him, and how he had preached boldly at Damascus in the name of Jesus. “

In Acts 9 we see Barnabas stepping up to be an encouragement to the Apostle Paul at the beginning of his ministry.  Let’s face it; Paul did not have a good testimony in the local church up to this point.  In fact, Paul himself said that he had persecuted the Church and wasted it (Galatians 1:13).  Barnabas could have avoided Paul or kicked him while he was down, but instead, he decided to be an encouragement and help to him.  We too have this option when it comes to new believers or even those who have been “in the faith” for quite some time  but have fallen back into the “old nature”.  We can decide to pile on and discourage them in their walk with the Lord; or we can be like Barnabas and encourage them as we are commanded to do in Galatians 6:1-3. 

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7 Keys to move the Christian from passive idleness to active readiness

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Ephesians 6:10-20

Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

Once you know what the Armor of God is; What do you do with it?
The Christian has received the Armor of God to be Active in the service of the Lord, NOT Passive.    Don’t be Passive or Idle in your Christianity, but rather be active and ready to serve.
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3 Marks of a Growing Church

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A church that is growing will have some distinct characteristics.  As we read in Acts 9:26-31.  The book of Acts is generally not a good place for the local church to build doctrine; since it is a transitional book; however, we can glean some good lessons from the book of Acts. “For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.” (Romans 15:4)  Especially in the subject of growing a local church, since that is exactly what is going on in the latter part of Acts 9.  In our previous article (Are you a destroyer or a restorer) we looked at some things that the Church should not do. Now I would like to turn our attention towards some things that we should do in the Local Church.

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Are you a destroyer or a restorer?

In Acts 9:26-31,  we see how the “church” originally reacted to Paul after his conversion.  In this passage, he hasn’t yet taken the name of Paul (the first time Saul is called Paul is found Restore-Mein Acts 13:9, which shows us that Saul took upon himself the name of his first convert Sergius Paulus (Acts 13:7)).  The Disciples were afraid of Paul at the first and did not believe that he was a fellow believer.  They were ready to discount Paul because of his past. They were all too eager to hold his past sins against him while at the same time enjoying forgiveness for their own Sin.  We as Christians are called to ” be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you” (Ephesians 4:32).

Are you helping to restore others to the LORD or are you in the business of destroying those who need our help the most?

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Finish Strong

Irvington Bible Baptist ChurchWhen running a race (which is what this life is) most athletes want the best starting position possible. Whether it is a foot race or an auto race, all the competitors do their level best to qualify at the front.  Starting in the front doesn’t guarantee a win; however starting in a good position increases your chances of having a strong finish.  It is easier to stay in the front rather than starting in the rear and needing to overcome all the obstacles required to get to the front. In Matthew 21:28-32 Jesus tells us a parable that shows this reality.

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