In order to grow we need a caring family
5. Living out Fellowship
What’s your experience with the church been like? Tell your Growth Coach. Ask them to share a story from their time in church.
The Bible has a lot of commands for how we’re to treat one another. These are called the “one another” commands:
Honour One Another
Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honouring each other. Romans 12:10 (NLT)
Accept One Another
Therefore, accept each other just as Christ has accepted you so that God will be given glory. Romans 15:7 (NLT) See also Romans 12:16; 1 Peter 3:8; 1 Corinthians 1:10
Serve One Another
For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love. Galatians 5:13 (NLT)
Don’t Condemn One Another
So let’s stop condemning each other. Decide instead to live in such a way that you will not cause another believer to stumble and fall. Romans 14:13 (NLT)
Submit to One Another
And further, submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. Ephesians 5:21(NLT) See also 1 Peter 5:5
Forgive One Another
Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Colossians 3:13 (NLT) See also Ephesians 4:32
Encourage One Another
So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NLT) See aslo Hebrews 3:13; Hebrews 10:24 ; Hebrews 10:25
Love One Another
You were cleansed from your sins when you obeyed the truth, so now you must show sincere love to each other as brothers and sisters. Love each other deeply with all your heart. 1 Peter 1:22 (NLT) See also Romans 12:10; Ephesians 4:2
Confess your sins to one another
Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The urgent request of a righteous person is very powerful in its effect. James 5:16 (HCSB)
The easiest way for us to do that is to see and treat each other as friends. There are a number of ways for you to get connected with a local church. Perhaps you’re already involved in some of them?
Sunday Morning, Home Groups, Events , Hospitality , Coffee
Figure out who is in your everyday world. Think about the people of peace in your life. (Luke 10:5-9) These are the ones who want to serve you. If you can’t think of any, think about the ones who need to know Jesus. Then remember to do these three things:
Pray for them
Personally pray for people in your everyday world every day. Share your prayers with your Soul Friends so they can pray and agree with you. Pray God’s will for them. Pray the word of God over them. Always pray and never give up.
Every week you’re encouraged to help or bless three people – someone inside the church, someone outside the church and someone God highlights for you. You find these people in your everyday world. Love on the people in your everyday world in ways they’ll appreciate. Make time for them and don’t be pushy. Do the good you know you ought to do. Create or strengthen real friendships.
Every week you’re encouraged to welcome three people into your rhythms – someone inside the church, someone outside the church and someone God highlights for you. Again, these people are most likely in your everyday world. After you’ve prayed for them regularly and blessed them in ways they appreciate, look for opportunity to welcome them to something that would be of value to them. The rhythms of our life include Eating, Creating, Celebrating, Recreating, Serving, Worshipping, Working.
Welcome 3 people every week into your rhythms – someone inside the church, someone outside the church and someone God highlights.
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