Hebrews 10:23 – 25 (KJV)
23) Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)
24 – And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:
25 – Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
According to Webster’s 1828 Dictionary - TROTH, noun: 1. Belief; faith; fidelity; as, to plight one’s troth 2. Truth; verity; veracity; as in troth; by my troth. It also means a person’s solemn declaration that they will or will not do something.
Will use Troth as our acronym: T(together),R(respect), O(observe), T(trust), H (heal). Focus on Hebrews 10:24.
Hebrews 10:24 - And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works.
In partaking in this challenge to pray and encourage one another, God can help us grow more vital together for his glory. Teams will consist of two. God’s providence will pick out teams; will put team numbers, not names to be drawn out to create groups. How many participants will determine the number of groups, i.e., six will be three teams. If there are an odd number of participants, one team will consist of three instead of two; the participant may sit out and be a prayer warrior for the other teams.
Proverbs 24:23 - These things also belong to the wise. It is not good to have respect of persons in judgment.
Please don’t judge each other, regardless of the information shared. If in doubt of topic/subject, gently sway the conversation and offer scripture or prayer for the dialogue. Reading scripture and praying together will provide guidance, encouragement, and peace on the subject at hand. Please don’t share any information without consent; what will be shared with your partner stays with you. If there’s a conflict or crisis that arises during a meeting, i.e., someone will hurt themselves or someone else, please immediately call Pastor or 911.
James 1:19 - Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath.
Take time to listen while meeting with each other. The meeting ways and means will be at the team’s discretion. However, take the time to meet at least once a week for three months, either personally, by text, phone, or written letter/card snail mail. If too busy, a short text states, i.e., “thinking of you and praying for you.” If possible, please try to avoid social media. The emphasis is to listen to your partner attentively. This ministry is not to be one more burden on your busy lives, as one of our ladies’ stated, “support without getting burnt-out.”
It was suggested all teams meet once a month to connect on what is or isn’t working within the ministry. Also, during our monthly gatherings, we start planning a grand celebration at the end of the quarter; with great fellowship and food (gotta keep the Baptist tradition), we may share our experiences.
Hebrews 10:23 – Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)
Absolute confidentiality to build respect within the relationships; there are no exceptions. If there’s a conflict or crisis that arises during a meeting, i.e., someone will hurt themselves or someone else, please immediately call Pastor or 911.
Galatians 6:1-2 - Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.
After three months of faithfully meeting, pray that each participant will be a blessing during this time, and healing will occur within teams, their families, and our church family. The only expectations are God’s blessings.
Praying for those that have chosen to partake in this biblical challenge, this experience will draw you closer and more vital to God and each other, building the bonds that may be for his glory. Amen!!