A Church with Concern for ONE Another!
In the church that Christ is building, people are involved in one another’s lives. The Church is not a theater where people go to watch what happens. People are not supposed to come in, sit down, walk out, and have no other involvement with the fellowship. We are not supposed to encourage anonymity and un-involvement. Instead, we’re commanded to “consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another” (Heb. 10: 24-25).
“ONE ANOTHER” is a repeated thought in the New Testament instruction to the Church. For Example:
* “Be devoted to one another….give preference to one another in honor.” Rom. 12:10 * “be of the same mind toward one another” Rom. 12:16 * Do not judge one another….” Rom. 14:13 * “Be of the same mind with one another according to Christ.” Rom. 15:5 * “Accept one another, just as Christ accepted us.” Rom. 15:7 * “Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other….” Eph. 4:32 * “Do not lie to one another” Col. 3:9. * “Encourage one another and build up one another” 1 Thess. 5:11.
And that is just a few of the many scriptures dealing with how the church should deal with one another. That list alone is infinitely more valuable than all the volumes on marketing techniques and user-friendliness that have ever been written. Those are the qualities of the Church that Jesus is building. Like the builder Himself, the Church that puts those “one anothers” in practice will be caring, sensitive, and a loving Church. Add to that the proper exercise of spiritual giftings and what will be produced will be a community conformed to the very image of Christ.