Andy Stanley said, “The primary activity of the church is one-anothering one another.” What’s he mean by that? In the New Testament there are all these verses that are called the “one another verses.” There are 59 different commands about one another in the New Testament. All of the 59 are commands that explain how we are to do what Jesus told us to do in John 13:34-35, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” Here is a link to all 59 of those verses-click here
Jesus told us to love one another. Then the other 58 verses go into detail about how we are supposed to do that. For example- Romans 12:10, “Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.” Romans 12:16 says, “Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.” Romans 15:7 says, “Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.” And Galatians 6:2 says, “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.
Jesus said that as we love each other with this radical self-sacrificing love there will develop a supernatural community that people outside our community will stand up and take notice. As we as a church love each other, people will be drawn to that community and want to join. That is what happened in Acts 2. The believers were doing life together and then in verse 47 it says this, “They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.”
The best place to love one another and be loved is in a small group context. We have 17 different small groups at Westbrook and we are looking to start more all the time. Are you in a group where you can be one anothering one another? I’d encourage to check one out if you are not in one. It is the best place to follow God’s one another commands.