Resources On “Exhorting One Another”

“You should be often exhorting and counseling and warning others, especially at such a day as this: ‘Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near’ (Heb 10.23-25; see also 2.12-14).

When you counsel and warn others, do it earnestly, affectionately, and thoroughly. And when you are speaking to your equals, let your warnings be intermixed with expressions of your sense of your own unworthiness and of the sovereign grace that makes you differ. And, if you can with a good conscience, say how you in yourself are more unworthy than they.”

Adapted from Jonathan Edwards’ Advice to Young Converts.

Some helpful guides on exhorting one another:
Toward a Definition of the Essence of Biblical Counseling (Piper) A Simple outline of essentials for exhortation. (‘Counseling’ here must not be taken in the narrow and popular sense of the ‘professional’ giving advice; but rather, this sort of counseling is done within the gospel community by imperfect followers of Jesus, both one on one and in groups, as they share life and truth together.)

The Tongue, the Bridle, and the Blessing: An Exposition of James 3.1-12 (Ferguson) The tongue is a means of both blessing and cursing–exhortation and discouragement. Toward the end of this message, Ferguson includes twenty resolutions from the book of James aiming toward the heart of Christ-honoring and Christian-exhorting words.

Counseling is the Church (Powlison) One of the best in Biblical Counseling.

Counseling Through The Lens of Scripture (Powlison)

Seeing With New Eyes: Counseling and the Human Condition Through the Lens of Scripture (Powlison) Biblical theory in the area of counseling. Includes his deeply insightful X-Ray Questions for discerning our functional gods

Speaking Truth in Love: Counsel in Community (Powlison) On the Biblical practice of counseling and exhorting one another in community.

Relationships: A Mess Worth Making (Lane/Tripp) Haven’t read this yet (on its way!). Although, I hear its well worth the read unto taking heed for redeeming your relationships.

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