. . . One Another, Part 1

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The Church is meant to be a salvation community. This assumes two things: salvation and community. Salvation, although it has some corporate aspects, is primarily a matter between the individual and God. However, salvation automatically makes us members of a community. Salvation places each of us in a real relationship with others who also count on Jesus as their Savior; making us members of the Church.

The local church is a part of this larger salvation community. It is supposed to be an affirming, safe, growth-producing place; a place where the Gospel is preached AND lived.

 

“Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.” Romans 15:7

The first Biblical guideline for creating and maintaining Christian community is this: Christians must accept one another. Let’s take a look at the concept of Christian acceptance.

I. Mutual

A. Giving

B. Receiving

II. Model

A. Just as

B. As is

III. Purposes

A. Unity

B. Glory

C. Praise

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