The Church As It’s Supposed To Be: Instructing One Another
We are continuing our study of the Church As It Was Supposed To Be, and particularly the One Anothers.
“Instruct One Another” Romans 15:14-21
14 I myself am satisfied about you, my brothers, that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge and able to instruct one another. 15 But on some points I have written to you very boldly by way of reminder, because of the grace given me by God 16 to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles in the priestly service of the gospel of God, so that the offering of the Gentiles may be acceptable, sanctified by the Holy Spirit. 17 In Christ Jesus, then, I have reason to be proud of my work for God. 18 For I will not venture to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me to bring the Gentiles to obedience—by word and deed, 19 by the power of signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God—so that from Jerusalem and all the way around to Illyricum I have fulfilled the ministry of the gospel of Christ; 20 and thus I make it my ambition to preach the gospel, not where Christ has already been named, lest I build on someone else’s foundation, 21 but as it is written, “Those who have never been told of him will see, and those who have never heard will understand.”
The word to “Instruct” (noutheteō) has the idea to Admonish, Warn or Exhort. Note that the congregation is partially responsible for one another’s discipleship. We are all called to take part in one another’s life enough to be able to teach one another and even call out someone when they are in sin. Jesus’s words of church discipline in Matthew 18 begin with an individual confronting sin, before they bring someone else, or if all else fails let the Elders know. All too often, people gossip about others instead of going to the person that has offended them or they want the Pastors/Elders to deal with it, because they are too weak to love a brother or sister enough to confront destructive behavior. Paul is writing this because he has had to instruct the Roman Church in how to love one another and get along because he is the Apostle to the Gentiles, but he is reminding the Church that they are the front line of defense in protecting the purity of the Church and the Gospel.
Questions For Study
- Why is this concept of the congregation being partly responsible for one another’s discipleship hard to do?
- How can you “Instruct one another” from a distance?
- What kind of body would this work best in?
- What can you and Anchor do to improve in this area?