Summary: If you’ve ever said, "Why should I join a small group? What do I have to offer?" then you need to hear this! *HANDOUT INCLUDED*
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How can we help each other? A couple weeks ago, I talked about why you need a church family. Today, I want to talk to you about why your church family needs you.
My basic premise here is that we can help each other the most by following the “one anothers” of the Bible.
Over 81 times, the phrase “one another” or “each other” is used in the New Testament. If you want to know how you can help your church family, follow the “one anothers” of the Bible. . .
1. Someone needs your love.
“Therefore, accept one another, just as Christ also accepted us.” (Romans 15:7, NAS)
Isn’t this a beautiful verse? I tell you why I think it’s so beautiful. . . because I need it. I’m an imperfect person, and if you are looking for a perfect pastor, I’ll let you down! If you’re looking for a perfect church, you’re never going to find it.
Instead of trying to find a church that’s perfect, why don’t we just obey this command? Why don’t we accept one another, and begin to love each other, and watch the improvement that happens when we truly love each other?
Guess what? We’re all imperfect people. We need to learn to accept that. We will always have our differences. Someone will always rub you the wrong way. There’s always something that you will not care for.
But I tell you the truth. Someone here needs your love. They don’t need your condemnation – they need you to do what Jesus does. Love us like we are, and help us walk the road toward being what we need to be.
2. Someone needs your help.
“For you have been called to live in freedom – not freedom to satisfy your sinful nature, but freedom to serve one another in love.” (Galatians 5:13, NLT)
When we serve one another, we put their interests before our own. Jesus showed us how when he washed the feet of the disciples.
THAT’S the way the church is made – by no one standing alone. Reaching out to each other in ways that serve them.
Alone, there are many things we cannot do. Together, there is nothing we cannot make it through.
3. Someone needs your advice.
“Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another.” Colossians 3:16, NAS)