by John Barnett

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John Barnett
I Timothy 3:15

Our shared life is most specifically expressed through the "one anothers" of the New Testament What does this love look like? A survey of the New Testament gives us a good picture. We're to:

edify each other (Rom. 14:19).
counsel each other (Rom. 15:14).
serve each other (Gal. 5:13).
bear each other's burdens (Gal. 6:2).
submit to each other (Eph. 5:21).
bear with each other (Col. 3:12–13)
forgive each other (Col. 3:13).
instruct each other (Col. 3:16).
comfort each other (1 Thes. 4:18).
rebuke each other (Titus 1:13).
encourage each other to do good (Heb. 10:24–25).
pray for each other (James 5:16).
confess our sins to each other (James 5:16).
be hospitable to each other (1 Peter 4:9–10).

1. We gather to strengthen one another; even if we do not need fellowship we owe it to others to give fellowship to them; in the process we too will be blessed.

Romans 15:4 for whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope. NKJV

2. We gather to encourage one another in the hard places of life; many with smiling faces are covering aching hearts and burdened souls; let's make their load a bit easier.

Hebrews 10:24-25 And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, 25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching. NKJV

3. We gather to share experiences for the mutual benefit of all; our testimony may prevent someone else from making a similar error and suffering as we have done in our ignorance.

Colossians 3:15-16 and let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, sin ...

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