Building Community

by | Aug 27, 2015

Love-One-AnotherThere are two key relationships that exist for the Christian.  The first is preeminent and is their relationship with God.  This is a relationship with the entire Trinity as we are reconciled to the Father through His sending of His Son to redeem us from our sin (Romans 5:10).  When we have believed the gospel, the Holy Spirit both indwells and seals us until the final day when redemption is made full (John 14:16; Ephesians 1:3).

However, out of that vital relationship comes another relationship that is also vital and yet often forgotten by believers.  This relationship is with other believers.  We have been saved not merely as individuals but into the Body of Christ.  We no longer live merely for self, but are called to interact in a very intimate manner with the other believers.

I choose to call this “community,” for that is what we are to be doing, building community.  It is more than merely talking or doing things with others.  It is an intentional decision to build deep relationships that are based on more than interest and activities.  They are spiritual relationships that center upon the spiritual realities that every believer experiences.   The manner in which Christians deal with each other has an effect upon the unbelieving world.  Christ makes this clear in John 13 when He says that the world shall know that we are Christians by our love for one another.  In fact, the way it is written makes it clear that the key evidence that makes it obvious to a watching world that we are truly disciples of Christ is our love for other believers.

There is nothing amazing or deep here, but there is a listing of all the passages in the New Testament that speak of our responsibility toward one another.  Most, as you read them, are positive commands, such as forgiving one another or bearing one another’s burdens.  But there are also negative commands as well such as not lying to one another.

It is my sincere desire that as you read these passages that you would give careful consideration how you are actively practicing them here at Missio Dei Fellowship I believe that unless you are purposeful in your pursuit of biblical relationships that your growth as a believer shall be greatly limited.  We are not designed to go at the Christian walk alone; rather we are to help each other along.  One key area that is provided for you to do this is our Community Group Ministry.  We are starting these up very soon and it is my desire that all who are members of Missio Dei seek to join one.  As you join one, you will find ample opportunities to put these one-anothers into practice. Below is a listing of every “one-another” for your consideration.  May the Lord bless your efforts!

The Gospels

Mark 9:50 Salt is good; but if the salt becomes unsalty, with what will you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.

John 13:14 If I then, the Lord and the Teacher, washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.

John 13:34-35 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.  By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.

John 15:12  This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you.

Romans, I Corinthians, II Corinthians

Romans 12:10 Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor;

Romans 12:16 Be of the same mind toward one another; do not be haughty in mind, but associate with the lowly. Do not be wise in your own estimation.

Romans 13:8  Owe nothing to anyone except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law.

Romans 14:13  Therefore let us not judge one another anymore, but rather determine this–not to put an obstacle or a stumbling block in a brother’s way.

Romans 15:5 Now may the God who gives perseverance and encouragement grant you to be of the same mind with one another according to Christ Jesus;

Romans 15:7  Wherefore, accept one another, just as Christ also accepted us to the glory of God.

Romans 15:14  And concerning you, my brethren, I myself also am convinced that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, and able also toadmonish one another.

Romans 16:16 Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the churches of Christ greet you.

1 Corinthians 16:20 All the brethren greet you. Greet one another with a holy kiss.

1 Corinthians 11:33  So then, my brethren, when you come together to eat, wait for one another.

1 Corinthians 12:25 that there should be no division in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another.

2 Corinthians 13:12 Greet one another with a holy kiss.

Galatians, Ephesians

Galatians 5:15 But if you bite and devour one another, take care lest you be consumed by one another.

Galatians 5:26 Let us not become boastful, challenging one another, envying one another.

Galatians 6:2 Bear one another’s burdens, and thus fulfill the law of Christ.

Ephesians 4:2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing forbearance to one another in love,

Ephesians 4:32 And be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.

Ephesians 5:19 speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord;

Ephesians 5:21  and be subject to one another in the fear of Christ.

Philippians, Colossians

Philippians 2:3 Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind let each of you regard one another as more important than himself;

Colossians 3:9 Do not lie to one another, since you laid aside the old self with its evil practices,

Colossians 3:13 bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you.

Colossians 3:16 Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.

I Thessalonians, Hebrews

1 Thessalonians 3:12 and may the Lord cause you to increase and abound in love for one another, and for all men, just as we also do for you;

1 Thessalonians 4:18 Therefore comfort one another with these words.

1 Thessalonians 5:11 Therefore encourage one another, and build up one another, just as you also are doing.

Hebrews, James, I Peter, I John, II John

Hebrews 3:13 But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called “Today,” lest any one of you be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.

Hebrews 10:24-25 and let us 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; and all the more, as you see the day drawing near.

James 4:11  Do not speak against one another, brethren. He who speaks against a brother, or judges his brother, speaks against the law, and judges the law; but if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law, but a judge of it.

James 5:9 Do not complain, brethren, against one another, that you yourselves may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing right at the door.

James 5:16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.

1 Peter 1:22  Since you have in obedience to the truth purified your souls for a sincere love of the brethren, fervently love one another from the heart,

1 Peter 4:8 Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins.

1 Peter 4:9 Be hospitable to one another without complaint.

1 Peter 5:5 You younger men, likewise, be subject to your elders; and all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, for God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.

1 Peter 5:14  Greet one another with a kiss of love. Peace be to you all who are in Christ.

1 John 3:11  For this is the message which you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another;

1 John 3:23 And this is His commandment, that we believe in the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as He commanded us.

1 John 4:7  Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.

1 John 4:11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

1 John 4:12 No one has beheld God at any time; if we love one another, God abides in us, and His love is perfected in us.

2 John 1:5 And now I ask you, lady, not as writing to you a new commandment, but the one which we have had from the beginning, that we love one another.