More Ministry Lessons – Herb Codington

2021-1-24 Main Sermon
• Encouragement/Hospitality
The harvest is plentiful but the laborers are few. The lack of encouragement is almost an epidemic. Encourage generously.
Hebrews – meet together.
Holy Spirit – Divine Encourager
Who are those in need of encouragement?
Are you willing to give the time to do it? Make it a priority.
Will you make yourself available? Ministry of presence.
Are you willing to have a heart-to-heart connection? The world is crying for encouragement.
Greek word is a combination of love and stranger.
Leviticus 19:33-34, Matthew 25:34 & on, Romans 12:13, I Peter 4:8-9
Who is the stranger in our community? Who is being overlooked?
Practice attentiveness. Adapt to stranger. Practice compassion (Latin – suffering with another)
Develop sense of informed urgency in spiritual and church life.
Contentment when it comes to spiritual things is a vice – a lack of spiritual desire.
John 9:4, Ephesians 5:15-16, Revelation 2 & 3, 3:15 & following
Avoid being too internally oriented. Complacency grows when you don’t see opportunity.
John 20:21 – As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.

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