Have you ever thought about the frequent “one another” commands in the Bible? Ever counted them? I haven’t either…but a quick Google search of “how many one anothers in the bible” pulls up 41,200 results.
I’m sure there were earlier trustworthy references in the Google results. I came across this list from Intervarsity on page two. They found 55 references to “one another” or “each other” in the New Testament alone. You can download their list right here.
I’ve been thinking about this a lot after hearing Andy Stanley make two attention-grabbing comments in a talk at the re:group conference.
Here’s his first comment:
“The primary activity of the early church was one-anothering one another.” Andy Stanley
Just think about that for a minute. Really let it soak in. Now ask yourself this: How much one-anothering is going on in your church? Is it the primary activity in your church?
Here’s his second comment:
“When everyone is sitting in rows…you can’t do any one anothers.”
This comment ought to help all of us make decisions about how to integrate the essential ingredients of life-change. See also, Essential Ingredients for Life-Change.
What do you think? Have a question? Want to argue? You can click here to jump into the conversation.
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