Today's Message


Strengthening Your Grip on Encouragement

Hebrews 10:19-25

Airs: April 22 - April 24

Hebrews 10 commands Christians to “hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful” (Hebrews 10:23). But do you know what command follows it, written before the ink had dried on the first? “And let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds” (10:24).

Did you know those commands were in the Bible? God wants us to think about how we can encourage our brothers and sisters in the Lord. And remember, it’s impossible to stimulate someone else to love and good deeds if we are not around them. Encouragement is primarily a face-to-face thing.

The family of God is not a place for verbal put-downs, sarcastic jabs, critical comments, and harsh judgments. We get enough of that from the world. This is a place we need to assemble for the purpose of being encouraged…and we are free to be ourselves.

In this lesson, we will learn that encouragement is not the responsibility of a gifted few, but the responsibility of the entire family of God. That means you.

April 24, 2014
Strengthening Your Grip on Encouragement
Strengthening Your Grip: Essentials in an Aimless World


  • April 25 - April 29 Strengthening Your Grip on Purity

    “Pleasure is supreme.”…“Follow your feelings.”…“Do whatever makes you happy.”…“Purity? That went out with the Puritans!”

    These tag lines of our pleasure-obsessed society pulse from the media like a strobe light, mesmerizing us into a state of moral apathy. Sitcoms depict abstinence as fit for only the undesirable or the immature. And advertisements blatantly seduce us into acquiring absolutely everything our hearts desire.

  • April 30 - May 2 Strengthening Your Grip on Money

    As we consider strengthening our grip on various things in this life, we certainly cannot overlook the issue of money. It can be difficult to bring up the subject of money. People get tense and clutch their wallets a little tighter. When the words tithing and stewardship come from the lips of a pastor, many people run. And we have the prosperity gospel preachers to thank for that. These false teachers have broken trust between the people and the pulpit.

  • May 5 - May 6 Strengthening Your Grip on Integrity

    Integrity is the opposite of hypocrisy. A person with integrity follows through on commitments and doesn’t back down when something better comes up. A person with integrity refuses to use others for personal benefit, doesn’t tend toward haughtiness, and has an accurate view of personal strengths and weaknesses. Integrity welcomes accountability, even when it comes through constructive criticism.

  • May 7 - May 9 Strengthening Your Grip on Discipleship

    Time for a pop quiz. What is a disciple?

  • May 12 - May 14 Strengthening Your Grip on Aging

    No series on godly priorities would be complete without addressing the issue of those who are growing older; “senior citizens,” as they are commonly called. All too frequently, however, this particular group is given the message: “You are finished…you really do not figure that highly in our future.” Although this is a familiar philosophy within the ranks of humanity, Scripture does not support this view, either in philosophy or practice. The man whose life we unveil today exemplifies God’s desire for the aged.