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The One-Anothers: Christian Friendships

When two believers are friends, the way they relate to one another is different than when a follower of Christ and a pre-Christian are connected relationally. When two believers are friends, the Bible directs the way they relate to one another, and both parties are insistent on following those directives. Each person individually assesses his or her actions via the expectations God outlined and, with wisdom, they hold one another accountable to live them.

Many of these principles and practices are found in the list of “one anothers.” It’s basically a directory of expectations God graciously gave us so we would know how to experience the thrill of doing life together.

Love each other to

Connect with each other in integrity to

Serve each other to

Teach each other to

Encourage each other to

Build each other up to

Meet each other’s spiritual needs:

Live a life of humility toward each other to

Live in harmony with each other:

These are really very simple yet profound truths. In fact, Jesus summed these up in one sentence:  “Do to others as you would have them do to you.” (Luke 6:31)

Followers of Jesus should live these expectations toward their friends who have not yet followed Christ. But we must remember that a person who has not chosen Christ is much less apt to do so. We can attain many of these attitudes and accomplish many of these expectations only because of the Holy Spirit’s promptings. We cannot expect unbelievers who do not have the person of the Holy Spirit speaking to and through them to carry them out – or feel obliged to even consider them.  

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Rick has one passion… To see “a biblical small group within walking distance of every person on the planet making disciples that make disciples.” He is presently pursuing this passion as the Small Group and Discipleship Specialist at LifeWay Church Resources. Rick has authored or co-authored multiple books, studies, and leader training resources including A Different Kind of Tribe: Embracing the New Small Group Dynamic, Destination Community: Small Group Ministry Manual, The Gospel and the Truth: Living the Message of Jesus, Small Group Life Ministry Manual: A New Approach to Small Groups, Redeeming the Tears: a Journey Through Grief and Loss, Small Group Life: Kingdom, Small Group Kickoff Retreat: Experiential Training for Small Group Leaders, and Great Beginnings: Your First Small Group Study, Disciples Path: A Practical Guide to Disciple Making. Rick’s varied ministry experiences as an collegiate minister, small group pastor, teaching pastor, elder, full-time trainer and church consultant, as well as having been a successful church planter gives him a perspective of church life that is all-encompassing and multi-dimensional. Rick is a highly sought after communicator and trainer.