Paraclesis Week 1: Caring

An impudent lawyer came to Jesus and asked: ‘Teacher … what must I do to inherit eternal life?’ Jesus replied, ‘What is written in the Law?’ and the lawyer answered, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart … and, “Love your neighbour as yourself.”’ Jesus confirmed his answer and then said, ‘Do this and you will live.’ But wanting to justify his way of life, the lawyer asked, ‘And who is my neighbour?’ (Luke 10:25–29, NIV) To this, Jesus responds with a story about a man travelling on the Jericho Road. It is an allegory for … The journey called ‘life’.

Tomorrow at Explore, 11.15am Ottery St Mary Parish Church, Lynn helps us see the challenge Jesus issued, a challenge for us too: ‘Go and do likewise’.

4 thoughts on “Paraclesis Week 1: Caring”

  1. From the leaders’ notes:
    One aspect of Paraclesis is to encourage:

    ‘encourage [parakaleo] one another daily, as long as it is called “Today”’ (Hebrews 3:13).

    Paraclesis starts at the point of encouragement: The expression of affirmation, verbally, non-verbally or practically, giving support and inspiration to someone on their journey, lifting them up, helping them to overcome a difficult time.
    It is something we can all do. Every Sunday we need to be aware that people struggle more than we realise, and get alongside them, to encourage and support them.
    Have you ever watched a marathon when runners come to the end of the race? Their friends and family line up along the street, coming alongside the barriers to shout and cheer them on to the finish. Imagine if they shouted, ‘Give up, you’ll never make it,’ or ‘Look at you, you’re exhausted, give up now before you collapse!’
    The church should be a place where we cheer each other on and cheer each other up.

    ‘we … sent Timothy to get you up and about, cheering you on [parakaleo] so you wouldn’t be discouraged by these hard times.’ (1 Thess. 3:2, The Message).

    There is a longing in the human heart to be affirmed and encouraged. Why? Because God made us that way, and He has called us, in the community of faith, to be encouragers.

    George Adams said, ‘We should seize every opportunity to give encouragement. Encouragement is oxygen for the soul.’

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  2. The first question that the Priest and the Levite asked was ‘If I stop and help this man, what will happen to me?’
    But the good Samaritan reversed the question, ‘If I do not stop and help this man, what will happen to him?’
    Martin Luther King Jr

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  3. When you do things, do not let selfishness or pride be your guide. Instead, be humble and give more honor to others than to yourselves. Do not be interested only in your own life, but be interested in the lives of others. In your lives you must think and act like Christ Jesus.
    Philippians 2:3-5

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