Seminars : The Encouragement Seminar
Many people look at themselves
in the mirror and see someone they feel is unimportant. Often, they see a disappointed
person, an unfulfilled person; they see someone who has not been able to keep pace.
Frequently, they are not comfortable with themselves and their conclusions cripple
them from being and enjoying as God intended.
When you observe society and listen carefully, you will quickly see that there are
at least five factors used to determine a person's significance. The Encouragement
Seminar points out those factors and compares them with what the Lord says. Since "the
Lord does not see as man sees," what does God think? What does God consider to be
significant? In studying the actions and reactions of Jesus, this study reveals the
five characteristics or practices that truly make a person important in God's eyes.
The seminar will both encourage and challenge.
The first session seeks to define significance and discusses the
ways we determine whether we are significant or not. Four general observations concerning
who and what is significant is bound to bring encouragement to listeners.
In this session we see Jesus interacting with a group of civic
leaders, and we see Him react strongly to a trait He observes in another. While the
city fathers are enamored with one thing, Jesus is enthusiastic about something they
never noticed. What He saw and pointed out just might be the most significant trait
someone could ever possess. What did Jesus see?
One of Jesus' disciples is between a rock and a hard place. Should
He do what Jesus told him or should he follow his instincts and common sense and
do what others would think is important? What that disciple did reminds us of a quality
of consequence that God deems very important. This story also points out the rewards
that come with practicing that significant feature in your own life. What did that
Two faithful followers of the Lord approach an event in two different
ways and ask Jesus to decide which one is right and which is wrong. Jesus quickly
obliges and in doing so He calls attention to a quality that when practiced makes
the participant very significant in His eyes. What was the person doing that was
An unnamed lady is involved in a mundane task, something she did
all the time. No one paid her any attention because what she was doing was not that
significant... or was it? Jesus not only noticed what she did, He pointed her out
as an example of a trait He thinks is extremely important. When others saw nothing,
what did Jesus see?
Five men did something in a small town that had everyone talking.
One of the eyewitnesses was none other than Jesus Himself. However, what He saw was
different from what the others saw. What had the townspeople talking? Their excitement
over what happened prevented them from seeing something Jesus saw-something very
significant. What was it?