Building Up One Another – Ephesians 4:16

Today is Saturday, April 25, 2020, and I am Pastor Kim Alexander and you are listening to COVID-19 Connection Series # 34
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Double Take: What do you see?

Today our WORD from the Lord comes from Ephesians 4:16,

   from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.

   Today I want to have a word with you about: Building Up One Another

    Beginning today I will be starting a new series with you on the theme of Building Up One Another. We will be using Dr. Gene Getz book by the same title. My prayer is that God will use our time in God’s Word to equip us to be the people (the church) that God has designed us to become.

Looking Ahead

If there is one major concept that keeps jumping off the pages of Scripture. It is the concept of “one another.” Over and over again we have the exhortations regarding what believers are to do for one another.

   Paul used the Greek word “allelon” nearly forty times to instruct Christians regarding their mutual responsibilities to their fellow believers. The truth of the matter is – We have a responsibility toward each other.

Look at Ephesians 4:16 once again, from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.

What is Needed

Total body function is absolutely essential if a local church is to become all God intended it to be! We cannot have people who refuse to do nothing. No Pew Potatoes at SLBC.

There is no more important emphasis to teach Christians what the Bible says about these “one another” injunctions.

 

If you desire to grow in your Christian life you need to learn these injunctions from the Bible. The Holy Spirit desires to teach them to us, are we just as desirous to learn them?

Contrasting The Flesh Vs. The Spirit Filled Life

For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other [allelon] (Galatians 5:17). In this instance, Paul used the “one another” or “each other” concept to show the marked difference between people who follow the “sinful nature” in their relationships with “one another” and those who “live by the Spirit” and “keep in step with the Spirit” (Galatians 5:22-23).

Living in The Flesh

  • lusting for one another (Romans 1:27)
  • judging one another (Romans 14: 3)
  • depriving one another (1 Corinthians 7:5)
  • biting one another (Galatians 5:15a)
  • devouring one another (Galatians 5:15b)
  • destroying one another (Galatians 5:15c)
  • provoking one another (Galatians 5:26a)
  • envying one another (Galatians 5:26b)
  • lying to one another (Colossians 3:9)
  • hating one another (Titus 3:3)
  • slandering one another James 4:11)
  • grumbling against one another (James 5L:9)

Living in The SPIRIT – Galatians 5:22-23

But the fruit of the Spirit is –

  • love
  • joy
  • peace
  • patience
  • kindness
  • goodness
  • faithfulness
  • gentleness
  • and self – control (Galatians 5:22).

Notice how these exhortations reflect the fruit of the Spirit:

  • members of one another (Romans 12:5)
  • being devoted to another (Romans 12:10a)
  • honoring one another (Romans 12:10b)
  • being of the same mind toward one another (Romans 12: 6; 15: 5)
  • loving one another (Romans 13: 8; 1 Thessalonians 3 :12; 4:9; 2 Thessalonians 1:3; Hebrews 1:24; 1 Peter 1:22; 1 John 3:11, 23; 4: 7, 11, 12; 2 John 5)
  • edifying one another (Romans 1:19)
  • accepting one another (Romans 15:7)
  • instructing one another (Romans 15:14)
  • greeting one another (Romans 16:16; 1 Corinthians 16: 20; 2 Corinthians 13 :12; 1 Thessalonians 5:26; 1 Peter 5:14)
  • waiting for one another (1 Corinthians 11:33)
  • caring for one another (1 Corinthians 12:25)
  • serving one another (Galatians 5:13)
  • carrying one another’s burdens (Galatians 6:2)
  • bearing with one another (Ephesians 4:2; Colossians 3:13)
  • being kind to one another (Ephesians 4:3)
  • submitting to one another (Ephesians 5:21; 1 Peter 5:5)
  • esteeming one another (Philippians 2:3)
  • encouraging one another (1 Thessalonians 4: 8; 5:11, 14)
  • confessing sins to one another (James 5:16a)
  • praying for one another (James 5:16)
  • offering hospitality to one another (1 Peter 4:9)
  • fellowshipping with one another (1 John 1:7)

Two Types of Churches

  1. The Spirit-powered Church – A church that is manifesting “the fruit of the Spirit” is practicing the “one another” injunctions that build up the body of Christ and lead to one – mindedness and unity.
  2. The Flesh-powered Church – A church that is reflecting the “acts of the sinful nature” is carnal and is practicing the “one anothers” that keep the church worldly and in a state of disunity. Drawing on a New Testament example, this kind of church can be called a “Corinthian church” (1 Corinthians 3:1-4).

Which type of church do you want to be a part of?

How can your church — and mine — become a mature body of believers, reflecting “the fruit of the Spirit”? The answer is clear in Scripture. All believers must “live by the Spirit” and “keep in step with the Spirit” (Galatians 5:25).

The Individual Decision: I will do this.

  • To do this, we must practice the “one another” exhortations that build up the body of Christ (Ephesians 4:16) rather than destroying and dismantling it (Galatians 5:15).
  • We must obey God’s Word. In no instance are these exhortations qualified, such as “if you feel like it,” “if it’s convenient,” “ if it fits your personality , ” etc .
  • These exhortations form a profile for doing the will of God! All Christians are to be involved.
  • We must be committed to looking for opportunities to carry out these positive “one another” injunctions in our personal lives.
  • At the same time we must avoid practicing the negative “one anothers.” This is the essence of love!

The Corporate Decision: We will do this.

These “one another” passages are directed at the entire church. We read in Ephesians 5:18-19,  

   Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, [ as a body of believers] be filled with the Spirit. Speak to one another1 with psalm, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Remember, I am in touch, so you be in touch.

And as always, as my friend, Dr. Robert Cook used to say as he brought his daily radio program to a close, “Walk with the King today and be a blessing.”