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Session 10

The Power of Encouragement

Read: Philippians 1:24, 2 Timothy 4:9-10, Colossians 4:10-11

It was the biggest game of the season. The fledgling East Dillon Lions versus the Panther-dynasty of West Dillon. Landry had already missed a simple point-after kick, and he’d never kicked a field goal more than 30 yards. But with the clock ticking down and the Panthers up by two, Landry had to kick a 45-yard field goal for the Lions to win the game.

He told the coach he couldn’t do it. But the coach, in his own hard-nosed way, said, “You’re gonna go out there and kick that field goal. Now, go out there and make us proud.”

Then, in a surreal moment, Landry boots the ball through the uprights, and the Lions upset the Panthers.

That was the season finale of Friday Night Lights, but it demonstrates the power of believing in and encouraging someone. As Christians, we’re called to build each other up in the faith. Encouragement is an important part of the Christian life, and it’s another example of why we can’t do life alone.

Even the Apostle Paul needed encouragement and the support of other believers. When Demas deserted him for more worldly opportunities, Paul felt lonely and forsaken by people. He asked Timothy to do his best to come quickly. In Colossians 4:10-11, Paul speaks of his co-workers Mark and Justus who proved to be a comfort and encouragement to him. Justus isn’t mentioned again in the Bible. But far from being a nobody, he did something very important in the church by encouraging Paul.

Every church needs more encouragers, and it’s something every Christian can do. Encouragement comes freely from the Holy Spirit. We can learn to be sensitive to Him, and He will lead us to people who need an encouraging word or hand.

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