Christian community

The kind of community envisioned for the early Church is found in what we call the “one-anothers.” These are direct exhortations about how Christians in community should relate to each other. As you examine the list below, ask yourself what it implies about the expected nature of relationships in the local Church:

  • Accept one another (Rom 15:7)
  • Carry each other’s burdens (Gal. 6:2)
  • Have equal concern for each other (1 Cor. 12:25)
  • Watch out for one another (Heb. 3:12-13)
  • Encourage one another (1 Thess. 4:18; 5:11; Heb. 3:13; 10:25)
  • Live in harmony with one another (1 Pet. 3:8)
  • Confess your sins to each other (Jas. 5:16)
  • Be devoted to one another (Rom. 12:10)
  • Edify one another (Rom. 14:19; 1 Thess. 5:11)
  • Consider others better than yourselves (Phil. 2:3)
  • Bear with one another (Eph. 4:2; Col. 3:13)
  • Forgive each other (Eph. 4:32)
  • Honor one another (Rom. 12:10)
  • Offer hospitality to one another (1 Pet. 4:9)
  • Be kind and compassionate to one another (Eph. 4:32)
  • Live in harmony toward one another (Rom. 12:16; 15:5)
  • Love one another (John 13:34-35; 15:12, 17; Rom. 13:8)
  • Be members of one body (Rom. 12:5; Eph. 4:25)
  • Be at peace with each other (Mark 9:50; Eph. 4:3)
  • Pray for each other (Jas. 5:16)
  • Serve one another (Gal. 5:13; 1 Pet. 4:10)
  • Spur one another on to love and good deeds (Heb. 10:24)
  • Submit to one another (Eph. 5:21; 1 Pet. 5:5)
  • Teach one another (Col. 3:16)

Evidently believers are intended to have deeply meaningful intersection of life with one another. This is not a picture of superficial or casual engagement. It depicts life-together in mutual love, honor, unity, service and accountability.

Steve Cornell

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