A New Testament Look at Togetherness in Relationships

 

 “Fellowship” means…
 1.  Abiding in Christ together
1 John 1:7
 “If we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another…”
 
 2.  Loving one another
John 13:34-35
 “As I have loved you, so you must love one another.  All men will know that you are my disciples if you love one another.”
 
 3.  Accepting one another’s shortcomings
Romans 15:7
“Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.”
 
 4.  Forgiving one another
Ephesians 4:32
 “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”
 
 5.  Praying for one another
Romans 15:30
 “I urge you, brother, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to join me in my struggle by praying to God for me.”
 
 6.  Carrying one another’s burdens                                               
Galatians 6:2
 “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”  
                   
 7.  Confessing to one another
James 5:16
 “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.”
 
 8.  Suffering with one another
1 Corinthians 12:26
 “If one part suffers, every part suffers with it…”
 
 9.  Comforting one another
2 Corinthians 1:4
 “…We can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.”
 
 10.  Encouraging one another
Hebrews 10:24-25
 “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.”
 
 11.  Restoring one another
Galatians 6:1
 “Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently…”
 
 12.  Rejoicing with one another
Romans 12:15
 “Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.”
 
 13.  Building one another up
Romans 14:19
 “Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.”
 
 14.  Giving to meet one another’s need                   
Acts 2:45, 4:32
 “Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need…they shared everything they had.”
 
 15.  Working together for the Gospel
Philippians 1:4-5
 “I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel…”
 
 16.  Devoting ourselves to one another
Romans 12:10
 “Be devoted to one another in brotherly love.”
 
 17.  Honoring one another                                    
Romans 12:10
 “Honor one another above yourselves.”
 
 18.  Instructing one another
Romans 15:14
 “You yourselves are…competent in knowledge and competent to instruct one another.”
 
 19.  Serving one another
Galatians 5:13
 “…rather, serve one another in love.”
  
20.  Bearing with one another
Ephesians 4:2
 “…be patient, bearing with one another in love.”
 
 21.  Submitting to one another
Ephesians 5:21
 “Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.”
 
22.  Admonishing one
Colossians 3:16
 “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom.”

 

Questions:

1.  How would you assess the depth of your relationships based on these Scriptures?
2.  How can you and your Chi Alpha chapter practice these ideas?

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