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Sept. 9 - David and Theresa Mabry - One Another


The phrase “one another” appears over 50 times in the New Testament, and when God shows you something that many times, you’re gonna want to listen up! On Sunday David and Theresa Mabry defined “one another” as “a mutually beneficial reciprocal relationship.” That’s a mouthful, but the more you understand it, the truer it seems. It is explained more specifically in Philippians 2:1-4:

Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.


In their message, the Mabrys provided some additional characteristics of the “one another” relationship:

  • They bring about greater happiness for the people in them.

  • They impact the world to the glory of God.

  • They are an act of worship.

  • They open up accountability for the people involved, and

  • Those involved have differing gifts of equal value.


God created us to live in relationship with one another. By doing so, we grow closer to Him and can better glorify Him in our daily lives. You can’t maximize your calling for Christ if you struggle to get along with others.


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 everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”


There are several things you can do to dig deeper into “one another” relationships.


  • First of all, if you missed David and Theresa’s message on Sunday, I encourage you to watch it here: September 9, 2018 message. (no longer available)

  • To view a list of all the “one another” verses in the bible, you can click here. David encouraged us to read one of these verses each day for the next month and a half and make a point to live out the verse that day.

  • If you're married, register for David and Theresa's One Another Workshop to learn techniques and strategies to better live out the "one another" relationship in your marital life. (workshop is now over, but there may be additional sessions in the future)

  • Ask yourself “Are you pouring all you can and should to the person right in front of you at any given time?” This will help you remember not to look to your own interests, but to those of others.


Make an effort to cultivate these relationships in your life and live the way God intended. It will absolutely be worth your time and effort!

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