The Ripple Effect

Nov 12, 2017 | Phil Carnuccio

Mutual Encouragement

Sermon Notes:

“First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is proclaimed in all the world.”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭1:8‬ ‭ESV‬‬

“For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you— that is, that we may be mutually encouraged by each other's faith, both yours and mine.”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭1:11-12‬ ‭ESV‬‬

What is encouragement?

It literally means the action of giving someone courage

  • Awaken it
  • Call it forth
  • Resurrect it
  • Inspire it
  • Fan it
  • Love drives out fear through encouragement

Kingdom encouragement resurrects the God given potential given to a person

“that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.
Romans 8

Restoring back to the essence that it was originally designed to be and Jesus expressed that glory, we are in him.

“For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you— that is, that we may be mutually encouraged by each other's faith, both yours and mine.”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭1:11-12‬ ‭ESV‬‬

“The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into about sixty pounds of flour until it worked all through the dough.””
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭13:33‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Encouragement resurrects the gifts and talents that lie dormant within the hearts of people

Become a generous kingdom encourager:

  • Overcome reasons why not to encourage (they don't need it; don't want them to get a big head; I have nothing to offer)
  • Ask the Holy Spirit for guidance
  • Kill sarcasm


“First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is being reported all over the world. God, whom I serve in my spirit in preaching the gospel of his Son, is my witness how constantly I remember you in my prayers at all times; and I pray that now at last by God’s will the way may be opened for me to come to you.”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭1:8-10‬ ‭NIV‬‬

ProvWriters Reflection:

| Encouragement | 

Shatters walls. 

Breaks barriers. 

Tends to soft seeds of audacity. 

Spurs hearts in captivity. 

Stirs sparks of creativity. 

The silenced stand up & stand out. 

The fearful step forward and serve. Insignificance, now fervent hope. 

For the adversary schemes in animosity.

So march, march up to the hills bearing love. 

| Kingdom come |

Wealth for the weak, wounded, weary.

The emanation of simple words, uplifted.

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