As we have been seeing, the March issue of Tabletalk addresses the believer’s important calling to live in the communion of saints and carry out the Bible’s “one another” duties toward his fellow believers.
Yesterday I read two more articles pointing out these duties we owe one another in the church of Christ. One is the article linked below by Dr. Brian Cosby (PCA pastor), titled “Instruct One Another.”
Also this article is profitable, as it points to a calling we often overlook or leave to the officebearers. Cosby directs us to three (3) concrete ways in which we can “instruct one another.” Here are two of them; find the third and the rest of the article at the Ligonier link below.
The several Greek words that scholars have translated as “instruct” in our English versions of the New Testament can mean “teach,” “admonish,” “counsel,” “prove,” or even “warn.” The principle of “instruction” is rather broad. Even though the context of each specific passage determines the meaning, the idea of “instruction” includes a variety of God-honoring, truth-seeking, and humility-infused words and actions.
Consider the following three ways in which all believers are called to instruct one another: First, we are called to show our brother or sister the “speck” in his or her eye—after, of course, we first recognize the log in our own. This takes shape when we “speak the truth in love” (Eph. 4:15) or admonish others by humbly pointing out areas of inconsistency in their walk with Christ and warning them of potential dangers.
Second, we can teach others to know and love sound doctrine. In our day, many in the church are running from a robust study of doctrine to embrace more pragmatic methods of Christian growth. This is not the biblical pattern. Paul exhorted Timothy to be “trained in the words of the faith and of the good doctrine” (1 Tim. 4:6). If you are a small-group leader, you must move beyond mere facilitating to be able to explain and defend such important doctrines as justification and sanctification. This means that we need to set aside time to learn and meditate on the truths of Scripture so that we will be adequately equipped to teach others. Seeking out resources from knowledgeable pastors can prove to be a great help to this end.