Friday, July 07, 2006

Lost Art of "One Anothering"

Here is R. Cody Smith's definition of oneanothering:

one·an·oth·er·ing (wun-e-nuth’er-ing) v. 1. To fulfill New Testament Biblical instructions for Christians regarding activities to be done to, for and with one another. –one·an·oth·ers n.

Meditate through the following list of verses and to try and imagine yourself as part of a group of people who regularly practice the art of "oneanothering".

  • Loving one another (John 13:34)
  • Forgiving one another (Ephesians 4:32)
  • Accepting one another (Romans 15:7)
  • Bearing with one another (Ephesians 4:2)
  • Being devoted to one another (Romans 12:10)
  • Honoring one another (Romans 12:10)
  • Greeting one another (2 Corinthians 13:12)
  • Being hospitable to one another (1 Peter 4:9)
  • Being kind and compassionate to one another (Ephesians 4:32)
  • Sharing with one another (Hebrews 13:16)
  • Serving one another (Galatians 5:13)
  • Carrying one another’s burdens (Galatians 6:2)
  • Building up one another (1 Thessalonians 5:11)
  • Encouraging one another daily (Hebrews 3:13)
  • Comforting one another (1 Thessalonians)
  • Stimulating one another to love and good deeds (Hebrews 10:24)
  • Instructing one another (Romans 15:14)
  • Admonishing one another (Colossians 3:16)
  • Praying for one another (James 5:16)
  • Confessing your sins to one another (James 5:16)
  • Being of the same mind toward one another (Romans 12:16)
  • Submitting to one another (Ephesians 5:21)

This list was taken from Authentic Relationships: Discover the Lost Art of "One Anothering" by Wayne and Clay Jacobsen. I ordered a copy of this book this week, and I am looking forward to reading it together with my wife. We just recently finsihed going through Brian Anderson's e-book, House Church, in chapter five he goes through eleven of these "one-another" commands, you can find his e-book online on both the Great Commission House Churches and the Milpitas Bible Fellowship Web sites.

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