Encouragements to action:
*Love one another (John 13:34) *Be devoted to one another in brotherly love (Rom 12:10) *Give preference to one another in honor (Rom 12:10) *Be of the same mind toward one another (Rom 12:16; 15:5) *Build up one another (Rom 14:19) *Accept one another as Christ has accepted you (Rom 15:7) *Admonish one another (Rom 15:14) *Greet one another (Rom 16:16; I Cor 16:20) *Wait for one another (I Cor 11:33) *Have the same care for one another (I Cor 12:25) *Through love serve one another (Gal 5:13) *Bear one another’s burdens (Gal 6:2) *Show tolerance for one another (Eph 4:2) *Be kind to one another (Eph 4:32) *Forgive one another (Eph 4:32) *Speak to one another in psalms, hymns and spiritual songs (Eph 5:19) *Be subject to one another (Eph 5:21) *Regard one another as more important than
yourselves (Phil 2:3) *Teach and admonish one another (Col 3:16) *Comfort one another (I Ths 4:18) *Encourage one another (I Ths 5:11; Heb 3:13) *Build up one another (I Ths 5:11) *Live in peace with one another (I Ths 5:13) *Seek after that which is good for one another (I Ths 5:15 *Stimulate one another to love and good deeds (Heb 10:24) *Confess your sins to one another (Jms 5:16) *Pray for one another (Jms 5:16) *Keep fervent in your love for one another (I Pe 4:8) *Be hospitable to one another (I Pe 4:9) *Use your gifts to serve one another (I Pe 4:10) *Clothe yourselves with humility toward one another (I Pe 5:5)
Encouragements to restraint:
*Do not judge one another (Rom 14:13) *Do not “bite and devour” one another (Gal 5:15) *Do not become boastful, challenging one another (Gal 5:26) *Do not envy one another (Gal 5:26) *Do not lie to one another (Col 3:9) *Do not speak against one another (Jms 4:11) *Do not complain against one another (Jms 5:9)
Points to Ponder:
When you read over the above list, what strikes you? How are you doing at actually putting these “one anothers” into practice? Where are you struggling? Why do you think that is?
Are you drawn to or away from Christian community? What challenges to community have you experienced in your Christian life? How does our individualistic mentality impact our calling to function as the “body of Christ”? What are the benefits of authentic community?
Do you think of the church more as an organization or an organism? How can we at GCC function more effectively as a genuine community of followers of Jesus? Think and pray about what steps God may be asking you to take…