Build the Church │ New Series: One Anothering


Sunday’s Message — Build the Church, Pastor Adam Kohlstrom

Series: One Anothering  │ Scripture: Ephesians 4:1-16


  • Acts 2:42; 2 Corinthians 13:14. The Greek word koinonia is translated as “fellowship,” “sharing in,” or “participation.” In what does Ephesians 4:1-6 say we share? What does Eph. 4:11-16 identify as the purpose of this koinonia?


  • In his book, Prepare Your Church for the Future, author Carl F. George identified 59 “one another” statements in the New Testament (see all 59 here In light of these, Pastor Andy Stanley insists: “The primary activity of the church was one-anothering one another.” Do you think it is possible to be a faithful follower of Jesus without a church with whom we might “one another”? Why is the practice of these commands so important?


  • Scripture tells us repeatedly we are “members of one another” (Romans 12:5; 1 Corinthians 12:25; Ephesians 4:25) – why do we deny and resist interdependence? How do we promote unity (Ephesians 4:2-3) without forcing uniformity or unanimity?


  • 4:12,16. We are all responsible for “building up the body” (cf. 1 Thessalonians 5:11). How does practicing the “one another” commands build the body? How have you been built up by other Christians?


  • 4:11-16. What is the relationship between “body maturity” and “personal maturity”?


  • The “one another” commands are not about emotion (how we feel toward one another) but intention (how we act toward one another). To that end, these commands are immensely practical. Pastor Carey Nieuwhof writes, “Your strategy, not your intention, determines your success… Open your calendar. Do you see your goals scheduled right into the rhythm of your every day?” (Carey Nieuwhof). In what practical, tangible, scheduled ways will you “one another” the church this week?





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