Lesson Eleven: Positive Commands: A Focus on Actions
Review: The positive "one another commands" are divided into 2 main categories, the second category of which is further divided into 4 more subdivisions:
1. Verses that Focus on Attitudes – command 1: "Have the same mind with one another"
2. Verses that Focus on Actions
a. Verses which promote spiritual growth and heath in the Body of Christ
b. Verses which promote the good of the Body of Christ
c. Verses which promote unity and peace in the Body of Christ
d. Verses which promote ministry and the function of the Body of Christ
In the prior 3 weeks we have looked at verses that speak about us having the "same mind" towards one another or being "like-minded". We also began looking at how we develop the "same mind" mindset and what it means. We noted that part of what this means is:
1. Striving to know and understand the Scriptures.
2. Thinking with the Word
3. Regular Renewal in the Word
We then noted the effects developing a "same mind" mindset should have upon our attitudes and how this will enable to us better serve one another. Having the "same mind" means having an attitude of: (1) joy, (2) humility, and (3) loving family affection
Tonight, we move from verses that focus on "attitudes" and will begin looking at verses that focus on "actions" with regard to our loving one another. We will begin by studying verses which promote the spiritual growth and health of the body of Christ:
Table Discussion (Anyone can be the table leader, be sure to let everyone speak, this is an opportunity to share with and help each other in our understanding of God’s Word, it is okay if you don’t get through every question, discussion and study with each other is more important):
1. Background of the need for verses which promote growth and health in the body of Christ. Read John 17:15-20; Ephesians 6:10-16; 1 Timothy 4:1-3; 2 Timothy 2:1-5; 4:1-5
a. In what kind of environment have Christians been called to live? What impact can living in this environment have upon the Christians faith?
b. What has God given us to help us in living in this type of environment?
(Turn page over)
c. Read John 15:18-25.
1. How did Jesus say the world would feel about His disciples?
2. Read John 15:17. In contrast to the way the world would treat Jesus’ disciples, how were Jesus’ disciples to treat one another?
3. Discuss how treating each other according to John 15:17 helps to protect the body of Christ from the hatred and attacks of the world? Discuss how failing to treat each other according to John 15:17 effects the ability of the body of Christ to protect itself from the hatred and attacks of the world?
2. Command 2: "Encourage and Build Up One Another"
a. Read Colossians 1:28-2:2. According to these verses (i.e. particularly Colossians 1:28; 2:2), what did Paul hope to accomplish for his brethren in preaching to them?
b. Discuss was it God’s design for Paul to accomplish this task above all by himself? (cf. Ephesians 4:15-16). What is God’s design to accomplish the task of encouraging and building up each other in the church?
c. Read 1 Thessalonians 5:11; Romans 14:19; 15;2
1. According to Romans 14:19, what things are we to pursue?
2. According to Romans 15:2, who are we to seek to please and why?
3. What is the difference between encouragement and building up?
d. Read Ephesians 4:29; Titus 1:9; Colossians 2:2; 2 Timothy 4:2; 1 Thessalonians 2:11-13; Romans 15:4-5
1. According to Ephesians 4:29, what kind of words are to proceed from our mouths and what should our words accomplish with regard to others?
2. Where do we get the words by which to encourage each other?
* In our next study we will continue looking at verses which promote the spiritual growth and health of the church with regard to "loving one another".