“One Another Pt. 1”
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What were the chief characteristics of the early church?
- They were determined to stick together and carry out the Lord's work.
- They realized that the only way to do God's work was together.
1 Corinthians 12:12-27 NKJV For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. 13 For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free—and have all been made to drink into one Spirit. 14 For in fact the body is not one member but many. 15 If the foot should say, ″Because I am not a hand, I am not of the body,″ is it therefore not of the body? 16 And if the ear should say, ″Because I am not an eye, I am not of the body,″ is it therefore not of the body? 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would be the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where would be the smelling? 18 But now God has set the members, each one of them, in the body just as He pleased. 19 And if they were all one member, where would the body be? 20 But now indeed there are many members, yet one body. 21 And the eye cannot say to the hand, ″I have no need of you″; nor again the head to the feet, ″I have no need of you.″ 22 No, much rather, those members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary. 23 And those members of the body which we think to be less honorable, on these we bestow greater honor; and our unpresentable parts have greater modesty, 24 but our presentable parts have no need. But God composed the body, having given greater honor to that part which lacks it, 25 that there should be no schism in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another. 26 And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it. 27 Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually.
A unified local congregation provides the lost world with a beautiful picture.
Serving our community better begins by embracing our call to serve one another!
Our view of the church is determined, in part, by our commitment to it!
The resounding, resonating theme of the New Testament ″one another″ verses is crystal clear. Church members are accountable to one another and are responsible for one another. Yes, we are our brother's keeper!
1. Cooperate with one another.
Psalm 133:1 NKJV Behold, how good and how pleasant it is For brethren to dwell together in unity!
Acts 2:41-45 NKJV Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them. 42 And they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. 43 Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles. 44 Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common, 45 and sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need.
2. Cherish one another.
Romans 12:10-13 NKJV Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; 11 not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; 12 rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; 13 distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality.Romans 15:7 NKJV Therefore receive one another, just as Christ also received us, to the glory of God. Romans 16:16 NKJV Greet one another with a holy kiss. The churches of Christ greet you.
3. Confront one another.
Galatians 2:11-12 NKJV Now when Peter had come to Antioch, I withstood him to his face, because he was to be blamed; 12 for before certain men came from James, he would eat with the Gentiles; but when they came, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing those who were of the circumcision.
Ephesians 4:32 NKJV And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.
4. Care for one another.
John 13:34-35 NKJV A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. 35 By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.″
Galatians 5:13-14 NKJV For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. 14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: ″You shall love your neighbor as yourself.″