Exhortation

Exhortation
Preached by Apostle Aje Pelser
Harvester Reformational Church, Cape Town, 10th January 2020

1Ti 4:13 Till I come, give attention to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.
1Ti 4:14 Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you by prophecy with the laying on of the hands of the eldership.
1Ti 4:15 Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all.
1Ti 4:16 Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you.
Apostle Paul reminds his protégé, Timothy, who is most probably an apostle too, according to church history, to give attention to reading, exhortation and doctrine. He also reminds him not to neglect the supernatural gift that is imparted to him, through the laying on of hands of his mentor.
Timothy, by paying careful attention to this through meditation and application as led by the Holy Spirit, will result in the salvation of both himself and those entrusted in his care.
I woke up with the concept in my spirit one morning and was reminded of what to pay attention to in the beginning of the year. It occurred to me that Christian workers need reminding of the priorities of ministry in an ever expanding network of disciples, households, regions, cities and nations.

Priorities that will focus our spiritual work:
1. Read the Bible.
2. Exhort the believers.
3. Attend to doctrine.
4. Apply the gifts of the Spirit.
5. Meditate until you see how to apply what you’ve learnt and received spiritually.
6. Apply things in your own life first before passing it on to others.
7. Bring glory to God through your progress.

1. Read the Bible.
The simplest and most effective way to stay in the will of God is effective Bible reading. Where Christians miss it with Bible reading is that they often think quantity is quality. Quality reading of the Bible means you have a good understanding of the Word of God and how it reveals Jesus in every scripture. You see the overall plan of God with Jesus and the Church and realize that the prophetic value of the scriptures, lies in the testimony it gives about Jesus!
Apostolic perspective in the New Testament, was merely the understanding the apostles received after they were baptized with the Holy Spirit and with power to become witnesses of their experience with the living Christ and how that living witness reached out in ever expanding circles of influence.

2. Exhort the believers.
Let’s define exhortation so that there can be no misunderstanding:
Exhortation is from the Greek word: ‘paraklēsis’ (G3874 Thayer Definition.)
1) a calling near, summons, (especially for help)
2) importation, supplication, entreaty
3) exhortation, admonition, encouragement
4) consolation, comfort, solace; that which affords comfort or refreshment
4a) thus of the Messianic salvation (so the Rabbis call the Messiah the consoler, the comforter)
5) persuasive discourse, stirring address
5a) instructive, admonitory, conciliatory, powerful hortatory discourse
Our English word is derived from the Latin: ‘exhortari,’ from ‘ex-‘ ‘thoroughly’ + ‘hortari ‘ ‘encourage’.

3. Attend to doctrine. The teachings of the apostles in the New Testament in the book of Acts and the Epistles, resulting from their experience with Jesus and the ensuing outpouring of the Holy Spirit first in Jerusalem, then in Judea and Samaria and the ends of the earth.
The precepts that Jesus taught and that lived on through the His disciples into the early church are what we should give attention to in our modern church life. We have an opportunity like never before to study the Life of Christ as a church. We have a free video series this year that you can watch with Apostle Andre explaining the journeys of Christ.
God showed me streams of teaching coming from our church. We have the Sunday church meetings and sermons, the Workers training that is on a personal level, and the Miracle Bible Training Centre Channel that has playlists that will cover, not only all the books of the Bible, the life of Christ and book of acts, but also the practical application of Jesus’ doctrine in all aspects of practical ministry.

4. Apply the gifts of the Spirit. Take the time to explore the gifts and functions of the Holy Spirit. We have resources that will help you understand how it works and we also have the safety of a church leadership orbit that will cover you while you experiment and grow in accuracy in the context of a home cell or Harvester Household, as we call it. Read through the gifts in 1 Corinthians 12. To balance the gifts you need spiritual character and fruit that you can read about in Galatians 5.

5. Meditate until you see how to apply what you’ve learnt and received spiritually. One of the most important practices of the presence of the Lord is through meditation and revelation knowledge. To still the waters of our busy souls is becoming harder and harder in the information age. The distractions of life are more than ever and it takes discipline and practise to meditate effectively. Pray about the distractions to your spiritual life. Make a powerful stand as a family to meditate in the Word day and night. Joshua 1:8 says that if we meditate in the word day and night, and observe to do according to all that is written in it, we will make our way prosperous!

6. Apply things in your own life first before passing it on to others. You can’t give what you don’t have. It’s the things that people learn, receive, hear and see in your life that will be transferred and imparted. The God of peace in your life can be shared this way:
Php 4:9 The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.

7. Bring glory to God through your progress. When you’ve spent time with Jesus and His word, everyone will know:
Act 4:13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marvelled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus.
Act 4:14 And seeing the man who had been healed standing with them, they could say nothing against it.

It is both your relationship with the living Christ Jesus, and your boldness to act on His Word that will show people your progress and give undeniable evidence of your prioritization of the inner spiritual life.