January to March, Philadelphia Morning Gathering
This term our focus is the 50 ‘one another’ commands in the New Testament, five in John’s gospel and the remainder in the Epistles.
They reflect how close to God’s heart the way we treat and relate to each other is. It’s a topic that Jesus, Paul and the other apostles come back to time and again.
The basic command is to love, but there’s a huge range of application, from greeting and singing (!), to praying and forgiving, and all of them relate back to Jesus, how he lived and why he died, and what he modelled as he discipled the twelve.
These commands link well with the last part of Romans, from chapter 12 to the end:
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God – this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.
We are going to explore and apply these teachings with the aim of growing in grace in how we love and pray for each other.
To read the blogs our preachers are writing, go to our blog page.
There’s a handout which has all the One Another commands below (to see these more clearly, right click on the photo and select ‘open in new tab’).