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A well-rounded look at the “one anothers”

Posted by on Apr 26, 2012 in blog links, community, discipleship, fellowship | 4 comments

A well-rounded look at the “one anothers”

A couple of weeks ago, in my post “The who, what, where, when, and why of the One Anothers,” I pointed out that Jon from “Jon’s Journey” was writing a series about the “one another” passages in Scripture.

In his introductory post, he explained that he was planning to cover the 5 “W” questions related to these instructions: what, who, where, when, and why. He even added a 6th post for the question, “How?”

Jon has now completed his series on the “one anothers.” I think this is a great series, so I’m adding links to each of the posts here:

Part 1: Five W’s of One Another – intro and verses showing what the one anothers are
Part 2: Who One Another
Part 3: Where One Another
Part 4: When One Another
Part 5: Why One Another
Part 6: How One Another

I’ll just add one more snippet for Jon’s post on “when”:

Do we think most of these actions should take place at a special time or scheduled event?

We know some believers did meet regularly together. Some daily and some on certain days of the week. But I believe these verses were not only related to regularly scheduled gatherings.

I think it is safe to say they took place whenever the believers interacted with each other.

Can you imagine the “one anothers” taking place any time believers are together with one another – whether it’s just two or if it’s more? Even on Sunday morning when the whole church gathers together (as is traditional today)?

Yep. I can imagine it.

You know what I can’t imagine? I can’t imagine that the authors of Scripture intended for their “one another” instructions to to apply at all times EXCEPT when the church gathers together.


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  1. 4-26-2012

    Alan are you beind facetitous again, I think you and i know it was meant for always
    Thanks howard

  2. 4-26-2012

    Thanks Alan for promoting mutual one anothering even in these online spaces.

    I had to read that last facetitous line a few times to understand it.

    I totally agree the early church would have expected believers to do the one anothers all week long EVEN during a regularly scheduled Sunday morning gathering (if they had one).

    And I recognize that the setup in most Sunday morning gatherings today is not the best for one anothering.

    So was there something wrong with the expectations of the writers of Scripture? Or is there something wrong with how most Sunday morning gatherings are setup?

    Thanks! :)

  3. 4-27-2012

    Howard,

    Unfortunately, the practice of “one another” is sorely lacking among the church today.

    Jon,

    Thanks for the great series! I love the idea of asking the six questions about the “one anothers”.

    You asked: “So was there something wrong with the expectations of the writers of Scripture? Or is there something wrong with how most Sunday morning gatherings are setup?” That is the million dollar question, isn’t it?

    -Alan

  4. 4-28-2012

    yes, Alan yes, a lot of programs are in the way and self. What is in it for me, paradigms
    Howard