Collective Responsibilities

Collective ResponsibilitiesText: 1 Corinthians 12:27

In our text, Paul explained that Christians were individually part of a collective body. They each had a role to play and responsibilities as individuals. They were also to contribute to the function of the body as a whole. In this lesson and the previous one, we’re going to discuss these different responsibilities. In this lesson, we’re going to consider our responsibilities to one another.

Assemble Together (Hebrews 10:24-25)

  • We come together to encourage one another – willful absence is discouraging to others
  • There ought to be an expectation that we will be together (1 Corinthians 11:33)

Encourage One Another (Heb. 3:12-13)

  • It is possible for Christians to fall away and be lost (cf. Galatians 5:4; 1 Corinthians 9:27)
  • This encouragement is needed regularly and consistently – “day after day

Correct One Another (James 5:19-20)

  • When one sins/departs, we should work to correct them and bring them back to the Lord
  • However, we can only do this from a position of spiritual maturity (Galatians 6:1)

Help One Another (Acts 4:32-35)

  • An extraordinary need was met with extraordinary sacrifice – possible because they were “of one heart and soul
  • We need to put others first – make sacrifices for others (Galatians 4:15)

Tolerate One Another (Romans 14:1)

  • Not everyone will think the same way or have the same background, opinions, or understanding
  • Tolerate matters of opinion – not sin (cf. 1 Corinthians 5:1-2); [see earlier point on correcting one another]

Submit to One Another (Ephesians 5:21)

  • This is not about “official” authority – it is about how we are to defer to others
  • We are to regard others as more important than ourselves (Philippians 2:3-4)

Work Together (Ephesians 4:16)

  • Paul described the church as a self-edifying body – as we work together, the body grows
  • Each of us has a role to play in this (1 Corinthians 12:14-27)


  • While we will each stand before the Lord in judgment as individuals, we also have a responsibility as part of the body
  • God designed the church for our mutual benefit – let us work together and encourage one another while each one of us strives to be faithful to the Lord

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