Practicing the One Anothers of Scripture

joelLast night we had a powerful time at the cell meeting. The ice-breaker told us to share a special memory of the holiday season. We listened to one serveanother and encouraged one another. The worship time drew us into the presence of God and the Holy Spirit ministered to each one of us. The prayers and praises reminded each of us to press on to love Jesus. The Witness/Word time stimulated us to take advantages of opportunties to communicate with unbelievers. Lastly, the interactive Word time taught us to be filled with the Holy Spirit, like the apostles on the day of Pentecosts (the text was Acts 2:14-41). Afterwards, we enjoyed rich fellowship around a full spread of food. We experienced fellowship with one another in the Holy Spirit.

You’ll notice how my description of each part of last night’s cell had “one-another” in mind. Joel Comiskey wasn’t the star performer. We all were. Think with me about the many Scriptures that tell us to minister to one another:

  • Love one another—John 13:3; 15:12, 17; Romans 13:8; I Peter 1:22; I John 3:11, 23; 4:7, 11.
  • In honor preferring one another—Romans 12:10.
  • Don’t judge one another—Romans 14:13.
  • Receive one another—Romans 15:7.
  • Salute one another—Romans 16:16 (“salute” means “to draw to one’s self, to receive joyfully, welcome,” even “retarding” one’s own journey to do so)
  • Greet one another—I Cor. 16:20, II Cor. 13:12, I Peter 5:14.
  • Serve one another—Gal. 5:13.
  • Don’t provoke one another or envy one another—Gal. 5:26.
  • Bear one another’s burdens—Gal. 6:2.
  • Forbear one another in love—Eph. 4:2, Col. 3:13.
  • Forgive one another—Eph. 4:32, Col. 3:13.
  • Teach and admonish one another with song—Col. 3:16.
  • Comfort one another—I Thess. 4:18.
  • Edify one another—I Thess. 5:11.
  • Exhort one another— Heb. 3:13; 10:25.
  • Consider one another to provoke unto love and good works—Heb. 10:24.
  • Wash one another’s feet—John 13:14.

The cell group is not about one person. It’s about everyone ministering in an environment that maximizes the priesthood of all believers. 

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