Some purposes of home groups

Here is a list of 24 ‘one another’ or ‘each other’ commands from the Bible. Can you think of others that could be added to this list?

1. Love one another (John 13:34-35, Rom 13:8, 1 John 3:11, 3:23, 4:7,11,12, 2 John 5, 1Pet 1:22 – deeply from the heart)
2. Be devoted to one another (Rom 12:10)
3. Honour one another (Rom 12:10)
4. Rejoice with one another (Rom 12:15)
5. Live in harmony with one another (Rom 12:16, 1 Pet 3:8)
6. Accept one another (Rom 15:7)
7. Instruct one another (Rom 15:14)
8. Greet one another (Rom 16:16, 1 Cor 16:20, 2 Cor 13:12, 1 Pet 5:14)
9. Agree with one another (1 Cor 1:10)
10. Serve one another (Gal 5:13)
11. Be patient, bearing with one another (Eph 4:2, Col 3:13)
12. Be kind and compassionate to one another, (Eph 4:32)
13. forgiving each other, (Eph 4:32)
14. Speak to one another with psalms, hymns etc. (Eph 5:19)
15. Submit to one another (Eph 5:21)
16. Teach and admonish one another (Col 3:16)
17. Encourage one another (1 Th 5:11, Heb 3:13,10:25)
18. Build each other up (1 Th 5:11)
19. Spur one another on (Heb 10:24)
20. Offer hospitality to one another (1 Pet 4:9)
21. Confess your sins to each other (James 5:16)
22. Be at peace with each other (Mark 9:50),
23. Clothe yourselves with humility toward one another,(1 Pet 5:5)
24. Pray for each other (James 5:16)
 

Gathering together each week for church gives us a regular opportunity to put many of these ‘one another’ commands into practice. But the Bible encourages us to build deeper into each other’s life than just our weekly gathering for church: See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. (Hebrews 3:12-13)

We have an ability to encourage each other at a further level when we meet together in a home group. It can also help us build deeper relationships, where we can connect and serve each other in various ways throughout the week.

Home groups, can also give us an opportunity to read out to others. Unbelievers are always welcome at church, but for some a home is a less threatening environment to begin to get to know God and his people. You may be able to think of ways you can work together with your home group to reach out to your neighbours.

For more on the home groups we currently have at our church, see here:

You can download a visual / graphic of the ‘one another’ commands in the Bible here or in high resolution here

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