Posted by: Philip Rushton | September 6, 2011

The Importance of “One Another”

“Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another.” Hebrews 10:25

This Sunday I am preaching out of 1 Corinthians 12:12-26 where Paul uses the metaphor of the body to argue that we are called to live life in community and interdependence. As I’ve been studying and preparing for Sunday I came across a list of all the texts in the New Testament that use the phrase “one another.” I may not be able to incorporate this into Sunday’s message so I thought I would provide this list as something for you to reflect on this week. This list of texts is a powerful reminder that the Christian life is not a solo journey. Indeed Jesus’ last prayer was that his people would be one just as he and the father are one (John 17). In our individualistic and isolated culture it is easy for us to neglect the need to foster relationships and community in our lives.

Here is a sample of some of the “one anothers” in scriptures:

Be at peace with one another (Mark 9:50)
Love one another (John 13:34)
Be devoted to one another (Romans 12:10)
Honor one another (Romans 12:10)
Live in harmony with one another (Romans 12:16)
Stop passing judgment on one another (Romans 14:13)
Accept one another (Romans 15:7)
Instruct one another (Romans 15:14)
Greet one another (Romans 16:16)
Serve one another (Gal 5:13)
Carry on another’s burden (Gal 6:2)
Be patient, bearing with on another in love (Eph 4:2)
Be kind and compassionate to one another (Eph 4:32)
Forgive on another (Eph 4:32)
Speak to one another with psalm, hymns and spiritual songs (Eph 5:19)
Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ (Eph 5:21)
In humility consider others better than yourselves (Phil 2:3)
Teach one another (Col 3:16)
Admonish one another (Col 3:16)
Encourage one another (1 Thess 4:18)
Build one another up (1 Thess 4:18)
Spur one another on toward love and good deeds (Heb 10:24)
Do not slander one another (James 4:11)
Don’t grumble against one another (James 5:9)
Confess your sins to one another (James 5:16)
Pray for one another (James 5:16)
Clothe yourselves with humility toward one another (1 Peter 5:5)

I found it instructive to see all these “one anothers” listed together. It reminds us that an individualistic, disconnected approach to faith is foreign to the New Testament. The life of faith as presented in the teachings of Jesus and in the life of the early church is one of interdependence.

As we approach a new season of ministry at the church my encouragement to you is to commit to living life together with your fellow believers. We’d love to have you plug into one of our bible studies and small groups or find a way to serve.

Why do you think Jesus placed such a major emphasis on living life together?
How might you create space to live life with ‘one another’ this fall?

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Responses

  1. Except for the Mark pasage these are the ‘after Jesus’ crowd. But Jesus set up the framework with the twelve (small group). Maybe we should pay attention. Paz…………………

  2. Thanks Gil,

    When you think about it, Jesus plan to change the world was to start a small group with a bunch of fisherman. That gives us pretty strong argument for why small groups are important!

    P.S. You are officially the most regularly commenter on the blog as per my most recent stats! Thanks for your interaction and insight!


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