Archive for the ‘One Another’ category

Christian vs. Christian: Hebrews 10:24-25 Part VIII

January 13, 2012

This week I am continuing with my series of posts on Christian behavior toward other Christians (please read my introductory post for why I am posting on this topic). However, I think this will be my last post which seeks to reconstruct Dr. Robert Dean’s Doctrine of One Another. Next week I will finish this series and provide some final thoughts on this vital doctrine.

This week I have reconstructed what I think is Robert Dean’s eighteenth point in his Doctrine of One Another (I think he incorrectly numbered one of his points about half way through and our numbering has never matched since).

18. Be hospitable to one another [allēlōn] without complaining. (1 Peter 4:9)

I have spent some time looking for commentaries on this verse but I haven’t found any that add to the sense of the verse that you can’t get just by reading it. Here is my understanding, and pretty much everyone else’s, of this verse: Christians! Be hospitable to each other and, just because you have been hospitable, you don’t get to complain about it. There, that wasn’t so bad was it? (more…)

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Christian vs. Christian: Hebrews 10:24-25 Part VII

December 23, 2011

This week I am continuing with my series of posts on Christian behavior toward other Christians (please read my introductory post for why I am posting on this topic).

This week I have reconstructed what I think is Robert Dean’s seventeenth point in his Doctrine of One Another. It is difficult to tell because he skipped a number at one time and I’m not sure he ever got back in order again. Fortunately it isn’t the numbers that are important but the doctrine:

17. Therefore, confess your sins to one another [allēlōn] and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The intense prayer of the righteous is very powerful. (James 5:16)

Rather than pull Dr. Dean’s exegesis from his study on Hebrews (see his transcript for Hebrews Lesson 169) I have decided to provide excerpts from his study of the book of James.

The one thing to keep in mind here is that in my previous posts on the Doctrine of One Another we keep receiving commands to be patient with each other and to seek to build each other up. This passage in no different from the others we have looked at in that regard.

I also want to point out that the sick, as in spiritually sick, believers discussed James 5 might not be very likeable people. You all may have that firmly in mind but I have to keep reminding myself. I am required to help other believers even if I do not like them! (more…)

Christian vs. Christian: An Example

December 16, 2011

This week I am back to the Christian vs. Christian series of posts that I have been working on for over two months. I was planning on posting the next couple of points in Dr. Dean’s “Doctrine of One Another” when I stumbled upon two seemingly unrelated posts on two different blogs. One post took an offhanded jab at Christian apologist William Lane Craig and the other post, which I read immediately following the first one, reviewed a book inspired by Galatians 5:15:

15 But if you bite and devour one another, watch out, or you will be consumed by one another.
Galatians 5:15 (Holman Christian Standard Bible)

I have no problem with Christians disagreeing with each other over theology and I actually believe that debating issues can keep us from becoming spiritually flabby. However there are bounds to such debates which I believe Christians violate so regularly that we don’t even think about it. Not only do casual expressions of disdain for other Christians violate the principles laid out in the doctrine of “one another” but are classic examples of Christians consuming “one another.”

In addition this seemed like a strange coincidence to me (call it Divine providence if you like) since I began reading one of William Lane Craig’s books last week for the first time and have been enjoying it very much. Whether anyone likes William Lane Craig is completely up to them but I don’t think that Christians have a lot of latitude in how we treat each other.

I am going to provide links to both articles, some commentary on Galatians 5:15, and then finish with my take on all of this. (more…)

Christian vs. Christian: Hebrews 10:24-25 Part VI

November 18, 2011

This week I am continuing with my series of posts on Christian behavior toward other Christians (please read my introductory post for why I am posting on this topic).

This week I have reconstructed points fifteen and sixteen of Robert Dean’s Doctrine of One Another:

15. Submit to one another (Eph 5:21).
16. Think about one another to stir up to love and good deeds [application of doctrine in thought, word, actions] (Heb 10:24).

If you read the exposition on Ephesians 5:21 that I quote below, you will note that the topic of authority comes up. Authority in several areas is mentioned but I want to focus on authority within marriage. This is really a hot button issue in this day and age. I believe a lot of the consternation regarding husbands having authority over wives is due to the simple fact that this authority has been abused. To give any reader a proper understanding of how authority in marriage is supposed to work I encourage you to read the Doctrine of Marriage by Robert Dean. There is a lot of great information in there but I want to turn your attention in particular to the Doctrine of the Dance which begins at the very bottom of page 5. Anyone who is interested in what Christian marriage should look like needs to read and think about what is written there. The husband is never given permission to mistreat his wife! (more…)

Christian vs. Christian: Hebrews 10:24-25 Part V

November 4, 2011

This week I am continuing with my series of posts on Christian behavior toward other Christians (please read my introductory post for why I am posting on this topic).

This week I have reconstructed points thirteen and fourteen of Robert Dean’s Doctrine of One Another:

  • Bear one another’s burdens.
  • Show tolerance for one another in love.

I have been busy this week so I haven’t really had a chance to pull together any pithy musings about these two points. That being said I do believe that carrying each others’ burdens and tolerating each other in love are very difficult things to do. In fact they are so difficult that I believe they can only be done with the help of the Holy Spirit.

Here is Pastor Dean: (more…)

Christian vs. Christian: Hebrews 10:24-25 Part IV

October 28, 2011

This week I am continuing with my series of posts on Christian behavior toward other Christians (please read my introductory post for why I am posting on this topic).

This week I have reconstructed points ten through twelve of Robert Dean’s Doctrine of One Another:

  • Same care for one another.
  • Serve one another through love.
  • Be kind to one another, forgiving each other.

One of the things that Pastor Dean keeps coming back to in this study is how modern Americans are so individualistic that we don’t have the sense of “one another” that we should have. That is true and I won’t deny it. However I don’t think that this is a uniquely American problem. What little I know of Church history points to a long record of strife. Several examples come quickly to mind: Augustine versus Pelagius, the Roman Catholic Church versus the Greek Orthodox Church, Luther and Zwingly versus the Anabaptists.

Of course Pastor Dean is teaching an American congregation so it is reasonable that he tailor his message to them. My point is that the Church has a long history of messing this up on both the personal and corporate levels. There is much room for improvement. (more…)

Christian vs. Christian: Hebrews 10:24-25 Part III

October 21, 2011

This week I am continuing with my series of posts on Christian behavior toward other Christians (please read my introductory post for why I am posting on this topic).

I am trying to piece together Robert Dean’s doctrine of “one another” which is based on the Koine Greek word allēlōn. Pastor Dean has pulled together a survey of New Testament passages where the word allēlōn is used in reference to the Church. These passages keep reinforcing the concept that the church is much more than a sum of the parts (individual believers).

This week I have reconstructed points six through nine of this doctrine:

  • Be of the same mind to one another.
  • Building up one another.
  • Accept one another.
  • Admonish one another.

The church has a purpose that can only be accomplished by the church acting in unison. Of course that unity can only be found in truth which seems to be in short supply at the present time. Most Christians I have met would agree with that statement.

My experience has been that few Christians are really aware that they are to help other believers. I suppose if you were to ask about it that many believers would say: “of course we are to help other believers!” but they never really seem to act like it. On the other hand I have met believers who seem to dearly love to admonish other believers. Of course their definition of “admonish” seems to be “give ’em both barrels if they disagree on any point of doctrine.” That is certainly not the sense I get from Pastor Dean’s exposition.

I have tired to recreate points six through nine of Pastor Dean’s doctrine along with a few snippets from his online transcript to provide some depth: (more…)


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