Community of Believers – What does Scripture Say?

by davidwatson on September 14, 2008

I have been thinking for several months on how to present the following Scripture passages.  I still want to address the ramifications of each passage for how we do church and live in community.  But, I want you to begin to read and pray about these passages, and how they impact your thinking on community.  Each time I read through this list, I am convicted.  How do I apply these in my daily life?
 
 
 
All Scripture quotes are from the NIV.

 
Rom 15:7        Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.  
 
1 Cor 1:10       I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought.  
 
Phil 4:2            I plead with Euodia and I plead with Syntyche to agree with each other in the Lord.  
 
Col 3:13          Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.  
 
Rom 12:5        so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.  
 
Phil 2:3            Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.  
 
Mal 2:10          Have we not all one Father? Did not one God create us? Why do we profane the covenant of our fathers by breaking faith with one another?  
 
Eph 4:29          Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.  
 
Gal 6:2                        Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.  
 
Gal 6:4-5         Each one should test his own actions. Then he can take pride in himself, without comparing himself to somebody else, for each one should carry his own load.  
 
1 Cor 12:25-27            … there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.  Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. 
 
James 5:16       Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.  
 
Deu 5:21         “You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife. You shall not set your desire on your neighbor’s house or land, his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.” 
 
Rom 13:8        Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law.  
 
Lev 19:11        “‘Do not steal. “‘Do not lie. “‘Do not deceive one another. 
 
Exo 20:17        “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.” 
 
Gal 5:15          If you keep on biting and devouring each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other. 
 
Rom 12:10      Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.  
 
Gen 42:21       They said to one another, “Surely we are being punished because of our brother. We saw how distressed he was when he pleaded with us for his life, but we would not listen; that’s why this distress has come upon us.” 
 
Heb 13:16       And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.  
 
Rom 1:11-12   I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong–that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith.  
 
1 Th 4:18         Therefore encourage each other with these words.  
 
1 Th 5:11         Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.   
 
Titus 1:9          He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it. 
 
Heb 3:13         But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.  
 
Heb 10:25       Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another–and all the more as you see the Day approaching.  
 
Heb 10:24       And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.  
 
Lev 19:15        “‘Do not pervert justice; do not show partiality to the poor or favoritism to the great, but judge your neighbor fairly.  
 
Rom 14:21      It is better not to eat meat or drink wine or to do anything else that will cause your brother to fall. 
 
1 John 1:7        But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. 
 
Mat 18:21-35  Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?”  Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.  “Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants.  As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand talents was brought to him.  Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt.  “The servant fell on his knees before him. ‘Be patient with me,’ he begged, ‘and I will pay back everything.’  The servant’s master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go.  “But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii. He grabbed him and began to choke him. ‘Pay back what you owe me!’ he demanded.  “His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay you back.’  “But he refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt.  When the other servants saw what had happened, they were greatly distressed and went and told their master everything that had happened.  “Then the master called the servant in. ‘You wicked servant,’ he said, ‘I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to.  Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?’  In anger his master turned him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed.  “This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother from your heart.”  
 
1 Cor 12:7       Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. 
 
1 Pet 4:10        Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.  
 
Prov 3:28         Do not say to your neighbor, “Come back later; I’ll give it tomorrow”– when you now have it with you. 
 
Luke 6:30        Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. 
 
Luke 6:42        How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. 
 
Rom 16:16      Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the churches of Christ send greetings. [Greet relates to deeply knowing and expressing concern for one another.  It’s more than a hello.]  
 
1 Pet 5:14        Greet one another with a kiss of love. Peace to all of you who are in Christ.  
 
James 5:9         Don’t grumble against each other, brothers, or you will be judged. The Judge is standing at the door!  
 
Prov 3:29         Do not plot harm against your neighbor, who lives trustfully near you.  
 
Rom 12:16      Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.  
 
1 Pet 3:8          Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble. 
 
Lev 19:17        “‘Do not hate your brother in your heart. Rebuke your neighbor frankly so you will not share in his guilt. 
 
1 Cor 12.28     And in the church God has appointed first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then workers of miracles, also those having gifts of healing, those able to help others, those with gifts of administration, and those speaking in different kinds of tongues.  
 
1 Pet 4:9          Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. 
 
1 Pet 5:5          Young men, in the same way be submissive to those who are older. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”  
 
Rom 14:15      If your brother is distressed because of what you eat, you are no longer acting in love. Do not by your eating destroy your brother for whom Christ died. 
 
Rom 15:14      I myself am convinced, my brothers, that you yourselves are full of goodness, complete in knowledge and competent to instruct one another. 
 
Deu 23:19       Do not charge your brother interest, whether on money or food or anything else that may earn interest.  
 
Rom 14:10      You, then, why do you judge your brother? Or why do you look down on your brother? For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat.  
 
1 Cor 14:29     Two or three prophets should speak, and the others should weigh carefully what is said.  
 
James 4:12       There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy. But you–who are you to judge your neighbor? 
 
Rom 14:13      Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in your brother’s way. 
 
Eph 4:32          Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.  
 
1 Th 5:15         Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else. 
 
2 Tim 2:24       And the Lord’s servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. 
 
Exo 20:16        “You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor. 
 
Deu 5:20         “You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor. 
 
Col 3:9-10       Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.  
 
Prov 24:28       Do not testify against your neighbor without cause, or use your lips to deceive. 
 
Mat 5:15          Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 
 
Phil 2:4            Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.  
 
Oba 1:12         You should not look down on your brother in the day of his misfortune, nor rejoice over the people of Judah in the day of their destruction, nor boast so much in the day of their trouble. 
 
Mat 22:36-39  “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”  Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’  This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 
 
Mark 12:28-31            One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”  “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one.  Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’  The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” 
 
Luke 10:25-27On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”  “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?  “He answered: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind'; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'” 
 
John 13:34-35″A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.  By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” 
 
John 15:12       My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 
 
John 15:17       This is my command: Love each other. 
 
Rom 13:9        The commandments, “Do not commit adultery,” “Do not murder,” “Do not steal,” “Do not covet,” and whatever other commandment there may be, are summed up in this one rule: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 
 
Gal 5:14          The entire law is summed up in a single command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 
 
1 Th 3:12         May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you. 
 
1 Th 4:9           Now about brotherly love we do not need to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love each other. 
 
2 Th 1:3           We ought always to thank God for you, brothers, and rightly so, because your faith is growing more and more, and the love every one of you has for each other is increasing. 
 
Heb 13:1         Keep on loving each other as brothers. 
 
James 2:8         If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing right.  
 
1 Pet 1:22        Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for your brothers, love one another deeply, from the heart. 
 
1 Pet 4:8          Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. 
 
1 John 3:11      This is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another. 
 
1 John 3:23      And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us. 
 
1 John 4:7        Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 
 
1 John 4:11      Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 
 
1 John 4:12      No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. 
 
2 John 1:5-6    And now, dear lady, I am not writing you a new command but one we have had from the beginning. I ask that we love one another. And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love. 
 
Zec 7:9            “This is what the LORD Almighty says: ‘Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another. 
 
Deu 15:7         If there is a poor man among your brothers in any of the towns of the land that the LORD your God is giving you, do not be hardhearted or tightfisted toward your poor brother. 
 
Eph 4:2            Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. 
 
Mark 9:50        “Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with each other.”  
 
1 Th 5:12-13    Now we ask you, brothers, to respect those who work hard among you, who are over you in the Lord and who admonish you.  Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other. 
 
Gal 5:26          Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other. 
 
Luke 17:3-4     So watch yourselves. “If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him. If he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times comes back to you and says, ‘I repent,’ forgive him.” 
 
Mat 5:23-24    “Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift. 
 
1 Pet 2:17        Show proper respect to everyone: Love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, honor the king. 
 
Gal 6:1            Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted. 
 
Lev 19:18        “‘Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against one of your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the LORD. 
 
1 Cor 10:24     Nobody should seek his own good, but the good of others.  
 
Gal 5:13          You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love.  
 
Mat 18:15-17  “If your brother sins against you, go and show him his fault, just between the two of you. If he listens to you, you have won your brother over. But if he will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.’  If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, treat him as you would a pagan or a tax collector. 
 
James 4:11       Brothers, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against his brother or judges him speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it.  
 
1 Cor 9:19       Though I am free and belong to no man, I make myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible.  
 
Eph 5:19-20    Speak to one another with psalms, 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. 
 
Lev 19:13        “‘Do not defraud your neighbor or rob him. “‘Do not hold back the wages of a hired man overnight.  
 
Deu 15:11       There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore I command you to be openhanded toward your brothers and toward the poor and needy in your land. 
 
1 Cor 16:15-16            You know that the household of Stephanas were the first converts in Achaia, and they have devoted themselves to the service of the saints. I urge you, brothers, to submit to such as these and to everyone who joins in the work, and labors at it. 
 
Eph 5:21          Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. 
 
Lev 25:14        “‘If you sell land to one of your countrymen or buy any from him, do not take advantage of each other. 
 
Lev 25:17        Do not take advantage of each other, but fear your God. I am the LORD your God. 
 
Col 3:16          Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. 
 
Zec 7:10          Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the alien or the poor. In your hearts do not think evil of each other.’ 
 
Zec 8:16-17     These are the things you are to do: Speak the truth to each other, and render true and sound judgment in your courts; do not plot evil against your neighbor, and do not love to swear falsely. I hate all this,” declares the LORD. 
 
1 Cor 11:33     So then, my brothers, when you come together to eat, wait for each other.  
 
1 Pet 3:15-16   But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.  
 
Jer 1:7-8          But the LORD said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am only a child.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the LORD. 
 
Blessings!
 
David Watson
Irving, Texas
 

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