One Anothering One Another
September 30 - October 06 • Week 4: Restore One Another
As we continue in our One-Anothering series, we have come to “Restore One Another.” Because sin makes us dead, we need one another to shine light into on sin that we cannot see ourselves. By seeking to restore one another to right relationship with God and each other, we are getting into the pit with those we love in order to advance God’s Kingdom. By seeking to restore one another with grace and truth in love, we are acknowledging our need for one another to live as God desires.
We love one another just as Jesus first love us by restoring one another with grace and truth when one another falls.
“Restore” as defined on Sunday is to “Set straight and bring back with TRUTH.” As you read this, how has this looked in your own life? Are there any people you believe have been “restored” in this manner?
In the previous weeks message, we looked at what it means to “Accept One Another.” Discuss the difference between how “Accepting One Another” and “Restoring One Another” differ and complement each other.
Jesus came in the fullness of both grace and truth and was comfortable living in tension between the two. Which one do you naturally lean toward and how has this played out in your own life?
Read through Galatians 6:1-2 together. Thinking about the culture in which we live today, what may be some barriers that prevent this from happening? What would stop you from restoring someone you love?
On Sunday Ronnie said, “I love you right where you are, but I love you too much to help bring you back.” Do you have anyone speaking into your life in this way? If so, share about that person. If not, share with the group who you plan to ask to be in your life.
Next Step Challenge
It is easier to ignore or downplay the role of sin in the lives of others (and ourselves). However, God has incredible plans for our lives, marriages, and communities. As followers of Christ, we have the high calling to restore one another out of sin so that God’s Kingdom can become alive in them. By living in the tension of grace and truth as experienced in restoration we are getting into the pit with one another in order to shine the light on the darkness to God’s glory. As you go about this week, is there anyone I need to get into the pit with in order to help restore them with grace and truth? Is someone in the pit with me trying to pull me out?
“Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted. Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” – Galatians 6:1-2
All other Scripture References
John 13:34-35; Galatians 6:1-2; John 1:14