2022-06-12
Accept One Another
Series: One Another
In our contentious times, battle lines are drawn based political philosophies, religious beliefs, ethnic backgrounds, financial status, age and sex. Answers to “what’s right” and “who’s best” dominate the topics of the day. We must hold our values dear and yet we must also love as Christ loved us. Have we missed Christ’s admonition to “accept one another” so that prejudice is creeping into our lives? Jesus’ ministry is predicated upon accepting people, erasing artificial boundaries of culture and status and looking beyond people’s sin. After all, Christ accepts us while we are sinners, and His love for us continues unconditionally.
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  • 2022-06-12Accept One Another
    2022-06-12
    Accept One Another
    Series: One Another
    In our contentious times, battle lines are drawn based political philosophies, religious beliefs, ethnic backgrounds, financial status, age and sex. Answers to “what’s right” and “who’s best” dominate the topics of the day. We must hold our values dear and yet we must also love as Christ loved us. Have we missed Christ’s admonition to “accept one another” so that prejudice is creeping into our lives? Jesus’ ministry is predicated upon accepting people, erasing artificial boundaries of culture and status and looking beyond people’s sin. After all, Christ accepts us while we are sinners, and His love for us continues unconditionally.
  • 2022-05-29Bear One Another’s Burdens
    2022-05-29
    Bear One Another’s Burdens
    Series: One Another
    The Apostle Paul having mentioned the fruits of the spirit in the preceding chapter, he singles out some of them, and a little enlarges upon them; and begins with meekness, as that should be used by spiritual men to fallen believers, which he persuades to, not only because they are brethren, and but men, and have been overtaken in sin unawares; but because, though they themselves are spiritual, yet should consider they are liable to be tempted, Ga 6:1. And next he advises to show their love to one another, by bearing each other's burdens, which he enforces by this argument, it being a fulfilling the law of Christ, Ga 6:2. And whereas pride and haughtiness lie in the way of such a deportment, he dissuades from a vain opinion of a man's self, that being no other than self-deception, Ga 6:3, and observes, that a man will have the best view of himself and see what occasion he has for glorying, when he considers himself simply and nakedly, and not in comparison with others.
  • 2022-05-22Encouraging One Another
    2022-05-22
    Encouraging One Another
    Series: One Another
    “But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness,” Hebrews 3:13 tells us. First Thessalonians 5:11 says, “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” Throughout the Bible we see instructions to encourage one another and verses that are meant to encourage us. Why is encouragement emphasized in the Bible? Primarily because encouragement is necessary to our walk of faith.
  • 2022-05-15Submitting to One Another for Christ
    2022-05-15
    Submitting to One Another for Christ
    Series: One Another
    All of us have seen little children look at the mature actions of their parents and try their best to imitate them. Whether it is the little boy stretching to look in the mirror and act like he is shaving, or the little girl stirring a spoon pretending to mix food in an empty bowl, children who love their parents seek to be like them. Much of the focus of the verses that follow may reflect this objective. Why are Christians charged to “walk in love” (Eph. 5:2a)? Because beloved children of God should imitate God in the flesh who “has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice” (Eph. 5:2b). Paul names six sinful behaviors that are “not fitting” (Eph. 5:4d). In the context why should such things “not even be named among” Christians (Eph. 5:3d)? Because God would not practice such things! 
  • 2022-04-24Love One Another
    2022-04-24
    Love One Another
    Series: One Another
    In John 13:34 Jesus taught, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” Then He added, “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another” (verse 35). How do we do this? What does it mean to love one another? The “one another” in these verses is a reference to fellow believers. A distinguishing mark of being a follower of Christ is a deep, sincere love for brothers and sisters in Christ. The apostle John reminds us of this fact elsewhere: “He has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister” (1 John 4:21).