This sermon series looks at several (but not all!) of the many “one another” passages in the New Testament. How can we effectively care for one another and so show the world that we are truly disciples of Jesus?

There is also a practical component to this sermon series. Here is a description from Pastor Ryan:

Adele Calhoun, in her book Spiritual Disciplines Handbook: Practices that Transform Us, offers several suggestions to help put living the “one another’s” into practice. I’d like to suggest this one to you:

“Choose a “one another” that you want to become a hallmark of your life. Consider why this “one another” is important to you. Picture what practising the “one another” will cost you. It could cost you time, money and a variety of self-indulgent moods and behaviors. Commit yourself to practising the “one another” every day for two weeks. At the end of each day, notice where you lived your “one another.” Where did you not live your “one another”? Seek grace to continue to incarnate Christ’s self-donating love. At the end of two weeks, consider whether or not you should dedicate two more weeks to intentionally living your “one another”. Do you feel called to move on to a different one?”

Calhoun, Adele Ahlberg. Spiritual Disciplines Handbook: Practices That Transform Us. Intervarsity Press, Downers Grove, IL, 2005

Pastor Ryan covered nine “one anothers” in this series. There are many more in the New Testament Epistles (letters)! Try a search for “one another” in Bible Gateway to find more of them. Use the links to the books of the Bible in the right sidebar to narrow your search to the Epistles.

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Celebration of Discipline

June 18 and 20, 2020  ~ Pastor Ryan Emmons
Video sermon series based on the book Celebration of Discipline, by Richard Foster

“Celebration bring joy into life, and joy makes us strong. Scripture tells us that the joy of the Lord is our strength (Nehemiah 8:10). We cannot continue long in anything without it. … Every Discipline should be characterized by carefree gaiety and a sense of thanksgiving.”
~Celebration of Discipline, p. 191

“I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow!”                                   ~ Jesus, in John 15:11 (NLT)

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Celebration of Discipline

June 18 and 20, 2020  ~ Pastor Ryan Emmons
Video sermon series based on the book Celebration of Discipline, by Richard Foster

“…the knowledge of the direct, active, immediate leading of the Spirit is not sufficient. Individual guidance must yield to corporate guidance. There must also come a knowledge of the direct, active, immediate leading of the Spirit together. ”
~Celebration of Discipline, p. 175

“For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us…”
~ Acts 15:28 (NLT)

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Celebration of Discipline

June 12, 2020  ~ Pastor Ryan Emmons
Video sermon series based on the book Celebration of Discipline, by Richard Foster

“Worship is our response to the overtures of love from the heart of the Father. Its central reality is found ‘in spirit and truth’. It is kindled within us only when the Spirit of God touches our human spirit.”
~Celebration of Discipline, p. 158

“Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord, O my soul!.”
~ Psalm 146:1 (NLT)

 

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Celebration of Discipline

June 6, 2020  ~ Pastor Ryan Emmons
Video sermon series based on the book Celebration of Discipline, by Richard Foster

“Without the cross the Discipline of Confession would be only psychologically therapeutic. But it is so much more. It involves an objective change in our relationship with God and a subjective change in us. It is a means of healing and transforming the inner spirit.”
~Celebration of Discipline, p. 144

“If we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.” ~ 1 John 1:9 (NLT)

“Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.” ~James 5:16 (NLT)

 

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Celebration of Discipline

May 28, 30 and June 1, 2020  ~ Pastor Ryan Emmons
Video sermon series based on the book Celebration of Discipline, by Richard Foster

“Gathered at the Passover feast, the disciples were keenly aware that someone needed to wash the others’ feet. The problem was that the only people who washed feet were the least. So there they sat, feet caked with dirt. … Then Jesus took a towel and a basin and redefined greatness.”
~Celebration of Discipline, p. 126

“I have given you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you.” ~ Jesus, in John 13:14-15

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Celebration of Discipline

May 21 and 23, 2020  ~ Pastor Ryan Emmons
Video sermon series based on the book Celebration of Discipline, by Richard Foster

“Of all the Spiritual Disciplines none has been more abused than the Discipline of Submission. … Every Discipline has its corresponding freedom. … What freedom corresponds to Submission? It is the ability to lay down the terrible burden of always needing to get our own way.”
~Celebration of Discipline, p. 110-111

“If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” ~ Jesus, in Mark 8:34

 

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Celebration of Discipline

May 14, 16 and 19, 2020  ~ Pastor Ryan Emmons
Video sermon series based on the book Celebration of Discipline, by Richard Foster

“Jesus calls us from loneliness to solitude…We can cultivate an inner solitude and silence that sets us free from loneliness and fear. Loneliness is inner emptiness. Solitude is inner fulfillment.”
~Celebration of Discipline, p. 96

Jesus withdrew to the wilderness and prayed. ~ Luke 5:16

The spiritual disciplines of Solitude is closely linked to the disciplines of Meditation, Prayer, and Study.

 

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Celebration of Discipline

May 7 and 9, 2020  ~ Pastor Ryan Emmons
Video sermon series based on the book Celebration of Discipline, by Richard Foster
Simplicity is the first of the “Outward Disciplines”. When we live simply inwardly, it can’t help but affect our outward lives as well. Living simply  can be summed up in Jesus’ words:

“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.” ~Matthew 6:33 (NLT)

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