Why Church Membership? Fellowship

We cannot be completely obedient to all of Scripture if we are not intentionally and covenantally pursuing deep fellowship with one another in general, but also inter-generationally with older and younger people.

In other words, in order to be obedient as Whole-Bible Christians, we must commit ourselves as a member of a local body so that we can practice intergenerational discipleship. This means, we must be pursuing the hard work of getting to know someone older and/or younger than us. Then and only then, are we able to obey many of the intergenerational commands in Scripture.

Further, to deny others the privilege and responsibility of pursuing fellowship with you (and others) can be a form of disobedience.

Leaving a church because “no one talks to me” simply shows that not only are the others at that church disobedient but so are you. One-anothering is a two way street.

Bible passages essential for us to understand and develop healthy relationships by knowing we are called to One Another:

  • Love one another: ; ; ; ; ; ; : 5
  • Serve one another: ; ;
  • Accept one another:
  • Strengthen one another:
  • Help one another:
  • Encourage one another: ; ; ;
  • Care for one another:
  • Forgive one another: ;
  • Submit to one another: ;
  • Commit to one another:
  • Build trust with one another:
  • Be devoted to one another:
  • Be patient with one another: ;
  • Be interested in one another:
  • Be accountable to one another:
  • Confess to one another:
  • Live in harmony with one another:
  • Do not be conceited to one another:
  • Do not pass judgment to one another:
  • Do not slander one another:
  • Instruct one another:
  • Greet one another: ; ;
  • Admonish one another: ;
  • Spur one another on toward love and good deeds:
  • Meet with one another:
  • Agree with one another:
  • Be concerned for one another:
  • Be humble to one another in love:
  • Be compassionate to one another:
  • Do not be consumed by one another
  • Do not anger one another:
  • Do not lie to one another:
  • Do not grumble to one another:
  • Give preference to one another:
  • Be at peace with one another:
  • Sing to one another:
  • Be of the same mind to one another:
  • Comfort one another:
  • Be kind to one another:
  • Live in peace with one another:
  • Carry one another’s burdens:

34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. 35 By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

John 15:12

12 “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.

John 15:17

17 These things I command you, so that you will love one another. (ESV)


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10 Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.

Romans 13:8 (Listen)

Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.

Romans 14:13 (Listen

10 Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.

Romans 13:8 (Listen)

Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.

Romans 14:13 (Listen)

13 Therefore let us not pass judgment on one another any longer, but rather decide never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of a brother. (ESV)


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12 and may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, as we do for you,

1 Thessalonians 4:9 (Listen

12 and may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, as we do for you,

1 Thessalonians 4:9 (Listen)

Now concerning brotherly love you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another, (ESV)


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We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers, as is right, because your faith is growing abundantly, and the love of every one of you for one another is increasing. (ESV)


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22 Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart, (ESV)


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11 For this is the message that you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.

1 John 3:22 (Listen)

22 and whatever we ask we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him.

1 John 4:8 (Listen)

Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.

1 John 4:7 (Listen)

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.

1 John 4:11-12 (Listen

11 For this is the message that you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.

1 John 3:22 (Listen)

22 and whatever we ask we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him.

1 John 4:8 (Listen)

Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.

1 John 4:7 (Listen)

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.

1 John 4:11-12 (Listen)

11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us. (ESV)

1:1 The elder to the elect lady and her children, whom I love in truth, and not only I, but also all who know the truth, because of the truth that abides in us and will be with us forever:

Grace, mercy, and peace will be with us, from God the Father and from Jesus Christ the Father’s Son, in truth and love.

I rejoiced greatly to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as we were commanded by the Father. And now I ask you, dear lady—not as though I were writing you a new commandment, but the one we have had from the beginning—that we love one another. And this is love, that we walk according to his commandments; this is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning, so that you should walk in it. For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not confess the coming of Jesus Christ in the flesh. Such a one is the deceiver and the antichrist. Watch yourselves, so that you may not lose what we have worked for, but may win a full reward. Everyone who goes on ahead and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God. Whoever abides in the teaching has both the Father and the Son. 10 If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house or give him any greeting, 11 for whoever greets him takes part in his wicked works.

12 Though I have much to write to you, I would rather not use paper and ink. Instead I hope to come to you and talk face to face, so that our joy may be complete.

13 The children of your elect sister greet you. (ESV)

13 For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.

Galatians 5:21

21 envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. (ESV)


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Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. (ESV)


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Show hospitality to one another without grumbling.

1 Peter 5:5 (Listen

Show hospitality to one another without grumbling.

1 Peter 5:5 (Listen)

Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” (ESV)

Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.

Romans 15:14

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. (ESV)

19 So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding. (ESV)

13 But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.

Hebrews 10:24

24 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, (ESV)

19 So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding.

Romans 15:14

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. (ESV)

16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. (ESV)

11 Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. (ESV)

13 But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.

Hebrews 10:24-25

24 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. (ESV)

Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. (ESV)

32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. (ESV)

13 bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. (ESV)

21 submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ. (ESV)


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Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” (ESV)

16 By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. (ESV)

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. (ESV)

10 Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. (ESV)

with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, (ESV)

13 bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. (ESV)

Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. (ESV)

21 submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ. (ESV)

16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. (ESV)

16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. (ESV)

Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. (ESV)

13 Therefore let us not pass judgment on one another any longer, but rather decide never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of a brother.

Romans 15:7

Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God. (ESV)

11 Do not speak evil against one another, brothers. The one who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks evil against the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge. (ESV)

16 Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the churches of Christ greet you. (ESV)

16 Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the churches of Christ greet you. (ESV)


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10 I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment. (ESV)


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12 Greet one another with a holy kiss. (ESV)

14 Yet death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those whose sinning was not like the transgression of Adam, who was a type of the one who was to come. (ESV)

16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. (ESV)

24 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, (ESV)

25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. (ESV)

20 All the brothers send you greetings. Greet one another with a holy kiss. (ESV)

24 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, (ESV)

with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, (ESV)

32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. (ESV)

14 For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 15 But if you bite and devour one another, watch out that you are not consumed by one another. (ESV)

26 Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another. (ESV)

Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices (ESV)

Do not grumble against one another, brothers, so that you may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing at the door. (ESV)

10 Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. (ESV)

18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. (ESV)

19 addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, (ESV)

16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight.

Romans 15:5

May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, (ESV)

18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.

1 Thessalonians 5:11

11 Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. (ESV)

32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. (ESV)

13 and to esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Be at peace among yourselves. (ESV)

Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. (ESV)

Gospel-Centered Obedience

What does it mean to be truly obedient to God? My good friend and fellow blogger, Rob Wilkerson explains here. He begins, “If we try to obey God and be like Jesus without the…..” You’ll have to read the two short paragraphs to find out what he says.