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One anothering…

I know… you’re in one of two camps. Either you’re saying “one anothering” isn’t a phrase and sounds all lovey and weird or you’re saying to yourself “Here we go with one of the newest buzzwords in the church!” I spoke on this a few months ago and wanted to share it with you to get your thoughts. The bible give us seven times as many things to do for/with one another than it gives for us not to do for/with. Here’s the list.

To do:

  • Be devoted (Romans 12:10)
  • Honor (Romans 12:10)
  • Live in harmony (Romans 12:16)
  • love (Romans 13:8)
  • remove stumbling blocks (Romans 14:13)
  • accept one another (Romans 15:7)
  • Greet one another with a holy kiss (Romans 16:16)
  • United in mind and thought (1 Corinthians 1:10)
  • Greet one another with a holy kiss (1 Corinthians 16:20)
  • Greet one another with a holy kiss (2 Corinthians 13:12)
  • Serve in love (Galatians 5:13)
  • be humble (Ephesians 4:2)
  • be gentle (Ephesians 4:2)
  • be patient (Ephesians 4:2)
  • bear with each other (Ephesians 4:2)
  • be kind (Ephesians 4:32)
  • be compassionate (Ephesians 4:32)
  • forgive each other (Ephesians 4:32)
  • speak with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs (Ephesians 5:19)
  • submit (Ephesians 5:21)
  • bear with one another (Colossians 3:13)
  • forgive grievances (Colossians 3:13)
  • encourage (1 Thessalonians 5:11)
  • build each other up (1 Thessalonians 5:11)
  • encourage (Hebrews 3:13)
  • spur towards love and goods deeds (Hebrews 10:24)
  • encourage (Hebrews 10:25)
  • love deeply (1 Peter 1:22)
  • live in harmony (1 Peter 3:8)
  • be sympathetic (1 Peter 3:8)
  • love as brothers (1 Peter 3:8)
  • be compassionate (1 Peter 3:8)
  • be humble (1 Peter 3:8)
  • offer hospitality (1 Peter 4:9)
  • be submissive (1 Peter 5:5)
  • clothe yourselves with humility (1 Peter 5:5)
  • greet one another with a holy kiss (1 Peter 5:14)
  • have fellowship (1 John 1:7)
  • love (1 John 3:11)
  • love (1 John 3:23)
  • love (1 John 4:7)
  • love (1 John 4:11)
  • love (1 John 4:12)
  • love (2 John 1:5)

Not to do:

  • Do not be proud (Romans 12:16)
  • Do not be conceited (Romans 12:16)
  • Let no debt remain outstanding (Romans 13:8)
  • Stop passing judgement (Romans 14:13)
  • no divisions among you (1 Corinthians 1:10)
  • don’t give up meeting together (Hebrews 10:25)
  • do not slander (James 4:11)

What strikes me in this is that we almost always teach on how not to do things and don’t cover how to do things. Too often, I think leaders skew to the “don’t do” side of ministry and teens don’t know what they are supposed to do. A simple test is to ask a teen two questions. First, what things shouldn’t a Christian do? Secondly, what things should a Christian do? The first question is usually answered quickly while the second is much more difficult. Why is this? I have some thoughts but want to get a few from you first.

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Categories: Faith, Parents, Teens, Youth Workers
  1. ryanaweaver
    March 27, 2010 at 10:17 PM

    Brian… Great post! I think that this is interesting as well. What is especially interesting is the fact that most people who are not following Christ think that it is about not breaking “the rules”. If only they could experience the joy that I feel while walking through this journey of life in relationship with my Savior! Keep up the good work being “that 1 guy”. Thanks for all the resources.

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