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Exhortation can be defined as "a communication intended to urge or persuade the recipients to take some action." From the Biblical perspective, being able to effectively exhort is one of the gifts of Christian service (to understand how minister merely means servant, see Minister) as made possible by the Holy Spirit.

"Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching; Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that showeth mercy, with cheerfulness." (Romans 12:6-8 KJV)

"in his exhortation preached he unto the people"

John the Baptist (see also John's Last Days) exhorted people to repent while they still have time:

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"John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water [see also The Origin of Baptism]; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire: Whose fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his floor, and will gather the wheat into his garner; but the chaff he will burn with fire unquenchable [see Baptism Of Fire]. And many other things in his exhortation preached he unto the people." (Luke 3:16-18 KJV)

Peter (see Peter's Ministry) exhorted the people to repent and be baptized, just as John the Baptist did.

"Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the Remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost [see The Holy Ghost and The Holy Spirit]. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation. Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls [see Where Is Your Soul?]" (Acts 2:38-41 KJV)

Paul (see Paul's Ministry) exhorted the people to hold true against all that would pull them away (see the Fact Finder question below).

"For ye remember, brethren, our labour and travail [see Travail]: for labouring night and day, because we would not be chargeable unto any of you, we preached unto you the gospel of God. Ye are witnesses, and God also, how holily and justly and unblameably we behaved ourselves among you that believe: As ye know how we exhorted and comforted and charged every one of you, as a father doth his children, That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory." (1 Thessalonians 2:9-12 KJV)

Fact Finder: Why is exhortation so important for the continued good of the people of God?
2 Timothy 4:2-4, Hebrews 10:26-31

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