“I mean that I want us to help each other with the faith we have. Your faith will help me, and my faith will help you.” (Romans 1:12 NCV)
In authentic Christian fellowship, people should experience a mutual dependency. This mutuality is the art of giving and receiving; it’s depending on each other.
The Bible says, “The way God designed our bodies is a model for understanding our lives together as a church: every part dependent on every other part” (1 Corinthians 12:25 MSG).
Mutuality is the heart of fellowship — building reciprocal relationships, sharing responsibilities, and helping each other. Paul said, “I want us to help each other with the faith we have. Your faith will help me, and my faith will help you” (Romans 1:12 NCV).
All of us are more consistent in our faith when others walk with us and encourage us. The Bible commands mutual accountability, mutual encouragement, mutual serving, and mutual honoring.
More than 50 times in the New Testament we’re commanded to do different tasks for “one another” and “each other.” The Bible says, “Make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification” (Romans 14:19 NIV).
You are not responsible for everyone in the body of Christ but you are responsible to them. God expects you do whatever you can to help them.
Talk About It
If your family needed help for a task or crisis, who would be the people you call on first? Are those people in your small group or church?
How can you anticipate a need in your church or small group this week?
Rick Warren is the founding pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., one of America's largest and most influential churches. Rick is author of the New York Times bestseller "The Purpose Driven Life." His book, "The Purpose Driven Church," was named one of the 100 Christian books that changed the 20th century. He is also the founder of Pastors.com, a global Internet community for pastors.
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