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. Carl George listed 59 in Prepare Your Church for the Future. You can download his 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 —Andy Stanley
Now ask yourself these questions:
Are enough people sitting in circles to make the primary activity of the early church happen in your church?
How will the people who only sit in rows enter the give and take of one-anothering one another?
What will have to be true for more people in your church to have the benefit of one-anothering one another?
Andy's comment ought to help all of us make decisions about how to help more people in rows make the transition to circles (where they can experience the essential ingredients of life-change).
See also, Essential Ingredients for Life-Change.
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