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Stir Up One Another

Posted by on Jun 9, 2009 in blog links, edification, gathering, scripture | 5 comments

Steven at “Biblically Speaking” has written a very good explanation of the term “stirring up” in Hebrews 10:24-25 in a post called “Let us consider how to stir… or provoke… one another“. He says:

I then got up and looked in my wife’s collegiate dictionary for the definition of stir.

This is what I found; disturb, rouse, foment, arouse, provoke, stimulate, goad, spur.
To be emotionally moved. To rouse from inactivity.

So with these definitions lets look at the scripture.

Let us consider how to “provoke or rouse one another from inactivity” to love and good works.

You see how powerful that word stir is?

We as Christians come together in order to stir, rouse, provoke each other. It is not a passive word.

Steven is right. “Stir” (or “provoke” depending on your translation) is not a passive word. It is a word of action – helping one another move towards a life of love and good works, regardless of what our life has been like before.

So… are you stirring up?


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  1. 6-9-2009

    well… if "stir" basically means "provoke", then yeah, we're pretty good at that…


  2. 6-9-2009

    yeah, us bloggers probably don't have a problem being provokers… not always provoking others towards love and good deeds tho. 🙂

  3. 6-9-2009

    If we're just stirring up and provoking, then we should probably find something else to do.


  4. 6-10-2009

    When taking this "one another" out as a separate quote and emphasizing the what, we often miss the when. The time to do this is WHEN believer's assemble together, what we typically call "the service" or "going to church."

    When we have a church service we should all be provoking one another and exhorting one another. This ties in with the earlier Martin Lloyd-Jones quote, "The notion of people belonging to the church in order to come to sit down and fold their arms and listen, with just two or three doing everything, is quite foreign to the New Testament…"

    Provoking and exhorting, of course, are not limited to when we all assemble together. But assembling together is specifically in view, and most churches would never consider such an open meeting. Those activities and responsibilities–when assembled together–are reserved for the "clergy."

  5. 6-10-2009


    You're right. And, not only that, but the "one another" is not explicit, it is implied. The phrase "one another" is a carry over from the imperative "Consider one another" in which the "one another" is implicit. Thus, we only "stir up one another" after we've taken the time to "consider one another". The way to stir you up to love and good works may be different than the way I'm stirred up to love and good works. But, then, I guess we'd have to actually know one another (not you and me per se, but generically).