To urge earnestly or to push someone towards some result. This is more intense than simply encouraging. 

Examples of Exhortation:

  • Luke 3:18-20- John is urging Herrod.
  • Acts 2:40- Peter urging the people to be saved
  • Acts 20:1-2- Paul preaching in many cities and he exhorted the disciples throughout the region
  • 1 Thess. 4:9-10- Paul writes his exhortation to this church to excel in love for the brothers
  • Titus 1:9- One qualification for Elder of the church is the ability to exhort
  • Titus 2:6- Urge the young to be sensible
  • Hebrews 13:22- The author is urging the reader to listen to what’s in this book.  Bear with this letter of exhortation.
  • 1 Peter 5:1-2- Elders need to be able to take exhortation.

Distinctiveness of Exhortation

  • 2 Thess. 3:12- People are commanded and exhorted to follow the word of God.  Give that extra push to follow Christ.
  • 1 Timothy 4:13-  The people are to be read to, exhorted, and  taught
  • Titus 2:15- Preachers are to speak, exhort and reprove.  
  • 1 Peter 5:12-  Peter is testifying and exhorting

Exhorting With Love

  • 1 Thess. 2:10-12- Paul gives the example of a father with his own beloved children when dealing with one another.  We must be careful when exhorting or correcting one another and do it with love.
  • 1 Timothy 5:1- Do not sharply rebuke an older man.  Show respect to others.

—Robert Lee, 1-22-06, p.m.

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