Provoke One Another
Outline By: Brian A. Yeager
A. Christians have a responsibility to serve one another (Galatians 5:13-14).
1. From comforting one another to warning each other, our responsibilities toward each other are great (I Thessalonians 5:11-14).
2. Our service to one another is Christ motivated (II Corinthians 4:5).
B. Our service to each other should be out of genuine concern for the soul of one another (I Peter 1:22).
1. Our love for one another should abound [increase; be abundant] (II Thessalonians 1:3).
2. It is important that it be genuinely observable (John 13:34-35).
II. Body: Hebrews 10:22-25
A. To provoke, as in Hebrews 10:24, means: ̉contention, sharp, incitementÓ.
1. The Greek word in that verse is used in one other versed, translated as ̉contentionÓ (Acts 15:39).
2. We know that carnal ̉contentionÓ is sinful (Romans 2:8 and I Corinthians 1:11).
3. However sometimes there has to be a sharp message sent to brethren who need a push (Galatians 2:11-17 and I Timothy 5:20-21).
4. Times wherein we need to sharpen each other with a rebuke (Proverbs 27:5-6 and Proverbs 27:17).
B. To get each other to love (Colossians 3:14-15).
1. Love God (I John 2:3-6).
2. Love the truth (II Thessalonians 2:10).
3. Love brethren (I Peter 3:8).
4. Love others as thyself (James 2:8).
C. To get each other to accomplish good works (I Thessalonians 2:11-12).
1. We exist to do good works (Ephesians 2:1-10).
2. Good works that have to be maintained (Titus 3:14).
3. Good works that have to glorify God (Matthew 5:14-16).
4. Good works that are rightfully (II Timothy 3:15-17) and fruitful (Colossians 1:10).
III. Conclusion: Hebrews 3:12-14
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