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One Another Ministry - Toward a Biblical Theology of Interpersonal Soul Care

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Introduction:

There are three types of counseling in the American Experience today
There has been an uneasy relationship between Christians and psychology ever since psychology became a secular science....
I have heard many sermons denouncing psychology and psychologists....
There was a recent controversy that involved this very thing at a nearby Kentucky Seminary....
The battle was over the sufficiency of Scripture alone in the area of the Biblical ministry of counseling....
https://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2017/september-web-only/johnson-southern-biblical-counseling-christian-psychology.html
Nonetheless, there has been a rich tradition and a theology of Biblical counseling that has been present throughout the history of the Christian Church. There has been, in the past what has been called soul care…and I believe that all of us are called to care for one another’s souls....to one degree or another.
There are three types of counseling in the American Experience today
Biblical Counseling
Biblical Counseling
Christian Counseling
Secular Counseling
Chris
Christian / Integrationist Counseling
I want to show you what I believe the Bible teaches about this....
I. We Have the Call of God
Romans 15:14 KJV 1900
14 And I myself also am persuaded of you, my brethren, that ye also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, able also to admonish one another.
Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus:
Romans 15:6 KJV 1900
6 That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Romans 15:6 KJV 1900
6 That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
6 That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God.
And I myself also am persuaded of you, my brethren, that ye also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, able also to admonish one another.
Discipling and giving wise counsel are the privilege and responsibility of every believer.
Hardly a day goes by that we don’t give counsel in one form or another....
A. Counsel begins in our hearts...with our thoughts and our self talk.
Psalm 19:7–11 KJV 1900
7 The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. 8 The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes. 9 The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring for ever: The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. 10 More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. 11 Moreover by them is thy servant warned: And in keeping of them there is great reward.
Psalm
In other words are we living by carnal thinking or is the Word of God informing our very innermost thoughts....because out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaketh.
Proverbs 23:26–27 KJV 1900
26 My son, give me thine heart, And let thine eyes observe my ways. 27 For a whore is a deep ditch; And a strange woman is a narrow pit.
The wise man understood that both the giving and receiving or wise counsel involves first and foremost the heart. this is why he stated....
Proverbs 23:26–27 KJV 1900
26 My son, give me thine heart, And let thine eyes observe my ways. 27 For a whore is a deep ditch; And a strange woman is a narrow pit.
Naturally what goes on “in here” (the heart) comes out “from here” (the mouth). And that can be wise or unwise.
The Question is not whether you counsel one another or not....The question is whether your counsel is Biblical...
B. God Calls us to speak the truth in Love
Ephesians 4:15 KJV 1900
15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:
God gives us clear direction through over 40 imperatives in the “one another” passages of Scripture.
The Basis of this one another care is the fact that we are to be one body! If my finger has an infection…my whole body rushes to its aid....If I am involved in a traumatic expereince…my whole body mobilizes to survive and thrive....
Generally speaking our bodies (given the proper care and treatment) should be able to care for itself!
If a part of my body has a problem that my body cannot handle on its own for whatever reason....it seeks help from another body...
Romans 12:5 KJV 1900
5 So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.
Ephesians 4:25 KJV 1900
25 Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another.
Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another.
We are to CARE for one another
1 Corinthians 12:25 KJV 1900
25 That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.
We are to be HUMBLE with one another
John 13:14 KJV 1900
14 If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet.
We are to LOVE one another
John 13:34 KJV 1900
34 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.
John 13:35 KJV 1900
35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.
John 15:12 KJV 1900
12 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.
John 15:17 KJV 1900
17 These things I command you, that ye love one another.
John 13:34 KJV 1900
34 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.
Romans 13:8 KJV 1900
8 Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.
1 Thessalonians 3:12 KJV 1900
12 And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you:
1 Thessalonians 4:9 KJV 1900
9 But as touching brotherly love ye need not that I write unto you: for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another.
2 Thessalonians 1:3 KJV 1900
3 We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth;
1 Peter 1:22 KJV 1900
22 Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:
1 John 3:11 KJV 1900
11 For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.
1 John 3:23 KJV 1900
23 And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment.
1 John 4:7 KJV 1900
7 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.
1 John 4:11 KJV 1900
11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.
Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.
1 John 4:12 KJV 1900
12 No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.
Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.
2 John 5 KJV 1900
5 And now I beseech thee, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment unto thee, but that which we had from the beginning, that we love one another.
No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.
And now I beseech thee, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment unto thee, but that which we had from the beginning, that we love one another.
We are to be at PEACE one with another
And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.
And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:
Mark 9:50 KJV 1900
50 Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his saltness, wherewith will ye season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace one with another.
And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?
And they reasoned among themselves, saying, It is because we have no bread.
We are to PREFER one another
Romans 12:10 KJV 1900
10 Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;
But they held their peace: for by the way they had disputed among themselves, who should be the greatest.
To be ahead of others....or first in something
We are to to be of the SAME MIND toward one another
Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his saltness, wherewith will ye season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace one with another.
Likewise also the chief priests mocking said among themselves with the scribes, He saved others; himself he cannot save.
And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Beth-lehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.
And they were all amazed, and spake among themselves, saying, What a word is this! for with authority and power he commandeth the unclean spirits, and they come out.
And they were filled with madness; and communed one with another what they might do to Jesus.
They are like unto children sitting in the marketplace, and calling one to another, and saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned to you, and ye have not wept.
And he said unto them, Where is your faith? And they being afraid wondered, saying one to another, What manner of man is this! for he commandeth even the winds and water, and they obey him.
In the mean time, when there were gathered together an innumerable multitude of people, insomuch that they trode one upon another, he began to say unto his disciples first of all, Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.
And the same day Pilate and Herod were made friends together: for before they were at enmity between themselves.
Romans 12:16 KJV 1900
16 Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.
And they talked together of all these things which had happened.
And he said unto them, What manner of communications are these that ye have one to another, as ye walk, and are sad?
And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?
Therefore said the disciples one to another, Hath any man brought him ought to eat?
Our minds are to be disposed to think a certain way about life....(We should approach life with a Biblical worldview)
How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that cometh from God only?
Jesus therefore answered and said unto them, Murmur not among yourselves.
The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying, How can this man give us his flesh to eat?
Then sought they for Jesus, and spake among themselves, as they stood in the temple, What think ye, that he will not come to the feast?
We are not to JUDGE one another
If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet.
Then the disciples looked one on another, doubting of whom he spake.
Romans 14:13 KJV 1900
13 Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother’s way.
A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.
By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
To form a critical opinion of something or someone by examination or scrutiny....
This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.
These things I command you, that ye love one another.
We are to RESPECT one another
Then said some of his disciples among themselves, What is this that he saith unto us, A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me: and, Because I go to the Father?
Now Jesus knew that they were desirous to ask him, and said unto them, Do ye inquire among yourselves of that I said, A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me?
They said therefore among themselves, Let us not rend it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be: that the scripture might be fulfilled, which saith, They parted my raiment among them, and for my vesture they did cast lots. These things therefore the soldiers did.
And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans?
Romans 14:19 KJV 1900
19 Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.
But when they had commanded them to go aside out of the council, they conferred among themselves,
And the next day he shewed himself unto them as they strove, and would have set them at one again, saying, Sirs, ye are brethren; why do ye wrong one to another?
And the contention was so sharp between them, that they departed asunder one from the other: and so Barnabas took Mark, and sailed unto Cyprus;
We are to RESPECT one another
Wherefore if Demetrius, and the craftsmen which are with him, have a matter against any man, the law is open, and there are deputies: let them implead one another.
And when we had taken our leave one of another, we took ship; and they returned home again.
Romans 16:16 KJV 1900
16 Salute one another with an holy kiss. The churches of Christ salute you.
1 Corinthians 11:33 KJV 1900
33 Wherefore, my brethren, when ye come together to eat, tarry one for another.
1 Corinthians 16:20 KJV 1900
20 All the brethren greet you. Greet ye one another with an holy kiss.
2 Corinthians 13:12 KJV 1900
12 Greet one another with an holy kiss.
II Corinthians
And when they were gone aside, they talked between themselves, saying, This man doeth nothing worthy of death or of bonds.
1 Peter 5:14 KJV 1900
14 Greet ye one another with a kiss of charity. Peace be with you all that are in Christ Jesus. Amen.
We are to SERVE one another
Galatians 5:13 KJV 1900
13 For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.
To serve as a slave....
And when the barbarians saw the venomous beast hang on his hand, they said among themselves, No doubt this man is a murderer, whom, though he hath escaped the sea, yet vengeance suffereth not to live.
We are not to PROVOKE one another or ENVY one another
Galatians 5:26 KJV 1900
26 Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.
We are to BEAR one another’s burdens
Galatians 6:2 KJV 1900
2 Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.
We are to FORBEAR one another
Ephesians 4:2 KJV 1900
2 With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;
To endure something unpleasant or difficult whether on one’s behalf or on behalf of someone else....
We are to be KIND, TENDERHEARTED, FORGIVING of one another
Ephesians 4:32 KJV 1900
32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.
One verse brings forbearing / forgiving together
Colossians 3:13 KJV 1900
13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.
We are to SUBMIT to one another
Ephesians 5:21 KJV 1900
21 Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.
to be willing to submit to orders or wishes of another or least having that inclination....
We are to ESTEEM one another (better)
Philippians 2:3 KJV 1900
3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.
We are not to LIE to one another
Colossians 3:9 KJV 1900
9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;
We are to COMFORT one another
1 Thessalonians 4:18 KJV 1900
18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
We are to EDIFY one another
Romans 14:19 KJV 1900
19 Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.
Hebrews 3:13 KJV 1900
13 But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.
Hebrews
Hebrews 10:25 KJV 1900
25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
One verse brings these two things together
1 Thessalonians 5:11 KJV 1900
11 Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.
We are to CONSIDER one another
Hebrews 10:24 KJV 1900
24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:
We are not to SPEAK evil one of another
James 4:11 KJV 1900
11 Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge.
We are not to GRUDGE against one another
James 5:9 KJV 1900
9 Grudge not one against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned: behold, the judge standeth before the door.
We are to CONFESS to one another
James 5:16 KJV 1900
16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
We are to be HOSPITABLE to one another
1 Peter 4:9 KJV 1900
9 Use hospitality one to another without grudging.
We are to be SUBJECT to one another
1 Peter 5:5 KJV 1900
5 Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.
We are to have FELLOWSHIP with one another
1 John 1:7 KJV 1900
7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
And when they agreed not among themselves, they departed, after that Paul had spoken one word, Well spake the Holy Ghost by Esaias the prophet unto our fathers,
That is, that I may be comforted together with you by the mutual faith both of you and me.
And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;)
So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.
Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;
Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.
Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.
Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother’s way.
Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.
Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus:
Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God.
And I myself also am persuaded of you, my brethren, that ye also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, able also to admonish one another.
Salute one another with an holy kiss. The churches of Christ salute you.
Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency.
Wherefore, my brethren, when ye come together to eat, tarry one for another.
That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.
All the brethren greet you. Greet ye one another with an holy kiss.
Greet one another with an holy kiss.
For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.
But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another.
For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.
Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.
Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.
With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;
Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another.
And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.
Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.
Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.
Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;
Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.
And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you:
But as touching brotherly love ye need not that I write unto you: for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another.
Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.
See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.
We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth;
For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another.
And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:
Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge.
Grudge not one against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned: behold, the judge standeth before the door.
Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:
Use hospitality one to another without grudging.
Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.
Greet ye one another with a kiss of charity. Peace be with you all that are in Christ Jesus. Amen.
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.
And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment.
Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.
Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.
No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.
And now I beseech thee, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment unto thee, but that which we had from the beginning, that we love one another.
And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.
And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth.
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