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Go Therefore and Make Disciples


Our Relationship WIth Others


and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.                                                                                                                                                                   Hebrews 10:24-25

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What is meant by fellowship in the Bible? Gossip? Cups of tea? Tours? No. What is being referred to is something of a quite different order and on a quite different level. "They met constantly to hear the apostles teach, and to share the common life, and break bread and to pray. A sense of awe was everywhere. All whose faith had drawn them together held everything in common. With one mind they kept up their daily attendance at the temple, and, breaking bread in private houses, shared their meals with unaffected joy as they praised God." (Acts 2:42-47, New English Bible) That is fellowship as the New Testament understands it, and there is clearly a world of difference between that and mere social activities.

The Greek word for fellowship comes from a root meaning common or shared. So fellowship means common participation in something either by giving what you have to the other person or receiving what he or she has. Give and take is the essence of fellowship, and give and take must be the way of fellowship in the common life of the body of Christ.

Christian fellowship is two-dimensional, and it has to be vertical before it can be horizontal. We must know the reality of fellowship with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ before we can know the reality of fellowship with each other in our common relationship to God. (1 John 1:3)  The person who is not in fellowship with the Father and the Son is no Christian at all, and so cannot share with Christians the realities of their fellowship.

                                                        James Packer, Your Father Loves You


Take time to invest in the people of your life.  Slow down if you have to, and bring them with you.  It is better to adjust your pace than walk alone.  A life well lived isn’t about who walks the fastest but about who has the most people walking with them.  You can’t make time for everyone, but you can make time for someone.  So invest well…

If you neglect the importance of building healthy relationships, you will find yourself alone in the midst of crisis…you will never create the life of your dreams until you make people your highest value.  Invest your life in people, and you will begin to build for yourself a relational net that catches you when you fall and picks you up when you’re no longer strong enough to walk by yourself.  You were never meant to walk alone.

                                                       Erwin McManus, Wide Awake


We think we have chosen our friends.  In reality a few years difference in dates of our birth, a few more miles, the choice of one school rather than another, the extent of a topic being raised at a first meeting- any of these chances might have kept friends apart.  But for the Christian there are strictly speaking no chances- a secret master of ceremonies has been at work in your life - Christ who said to the disciples "You have not chosen me but I have chosen you" can also say to every group of Christian friends - you have not chosen one another but I have chosen you for one another.  

                                                        C.S. Lewis, The Four Loaves



  • How are you involved deeply in the lives of others?
  • How are you an encouragement to others?  Who can you specifically encourage this week?
  • How will you apply the truths in this topic to your life this week?  Be specific.

Additional Quotes

The Christian community is not a place without interpersonal crisis or challenge.  In some sense we are all hypocrites in transition.  We’re all working it out.  Sometimes fighting with God; sometimes working with God.  That’s why biblical community is such an extraordinary gift.  It’s not about being perfect or loving people who are always easy to love; it’s about loving people through the love of God.  It’s about being loved even when you blow it, being loved even when you do not deserve it, and being loved by others who know you all too well—even when you find it difficult to love yourself.  When you begin to love people through their imperfections, through the disappointments, you begin to know that it’s more than infatuation.  Only the love of God creates a bond so deep that not even the greatest betrayal can end the relationship or end all hope.       Erwin McManus, An Unstoppable Force

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verses related to this topic

  • Proverbs 27:17

    Proverbs 27:17

    Iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.

  • Matthew 18:19-20

    Matthew 18:19-20

    “Again I say to you, that if two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them by My Father who is in heaven. For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst.”

  • John 17:21

    John 17:21

    that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me.

  • John 20:19

    John 20:19

    So when it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and when the doors were shut where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, "Peace be with you."

  • Acts 1:14

    Acts 1:14

    These all with one mind were continually devoting themselves to prayer, along with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers.

  • Acts 2:1

    Acts 2:1

    When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place.

  • Acts 4:31

    Acts 4:31

    And when they had prayed, the place where they had gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak the word of God with boldness.

  • Acts 16:13

    Acts 16:13

    And on the Sabbath day we went outside the gate to a riverside, where we were supposing that there would be a place of prayer; and we sat down and began speaking to the women who had assembled.

  • Acts 20:7

    Acts 20:7

    On the first day of the week, when we were gathered together to break bread, Paul began talking to them, intending to leave the next day, and he prolonged his message until midnight.

  • Romans 12:10-16

    Romans 12:10-16

    Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor; not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer, contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. Be of the same mind toward one another; do not be haughty in mind, but associate with the lowly. Do not be wise in your own estimation.

  • 2 Corinthians 13:11

    2 Corinthians 13:11

    Finally, brethren, rejoice, be made complete, be comforted, be like-minded, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.

  • Galatians 3:28

    Galatians 3:28

    There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

  • Ephesians 4:2-4

    Ephesians 4:2-4

    with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling;

  • Ephesians 4:13

    Ephesians 4:13

    until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ.

  • 1 Thessalonians 5:11

    1 Thessalonians 5:11

    Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing.

  • Hebrews 10:24-25

    Hebrews 10:24-25

    and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.

  • 1 Peter 3:8

    1 Peter 3:8

    To sum up, all of you be harmonious, sympathetic, brotherly, kindhearted, and humble in spirit;

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  • Authentic Relationships

    Authentic Relationships

    This is an in depth look at how we live the “one another’s” of the New Testament in the Body of Christ. The illustrations are clear and the applications are obvious.

  • Community 101

    Community 101

    One of the best studies on the transforming power of an authentic community of believers. It is the life of Jesus flowing through a community in an organic rather than institutional way.

  • Wide Awake

    Wide Awake

    In Wide Awake, Erwin McManus opens readers’ eyes to see the eight crucial attributes of those who achieve the life of their dreams. It is every person’s responsibility to discover and develop the gifts given to them by God.

  • Life Together

    Life Together

    Bonhoeffer wrote about an unique fellowship in an underground seminary during the Nazi years. It gives practical advice on how life together is to be sustained in Christ. It is bread for all who are hungry for the real life of fellowship in Christ.

  • Spiritual Friendship

    Spiritual Friendship

    Spiritual Friendship expresses the great joy that Aelred took in his friends and reflects his long meditations on the classic work of the great Stoic philosopher Cicero. Aelred makes friendship seem something so timeless and universal in bringing men together in the common pursuit of the one eternal friend, Jesus.

  • The Four Loves

    The Four Loves

    Lewis' The Four Loves has an extensive section on friendship, raising to the highest level our relationships with the people God brings into our lives. There are risks that accompany the rewards but Lewis recommends we pursue friendships anyway, since hell is the only place outside heaven where we can be safe from the dangers of love.

  • Love Covers

    Love Covers

    Billheimer reminds us that fellowship is based on common spiritual parentage and that unity of the heart takes precedence over unity of doctrine.

  • Your Father Loves You

    Your Father Loves You

    Daily insights for knowing God and loving others.

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