Practicing Discernment: One Another Principles of Evangelical Free Church of Embarrass, Minnesota

A discernment exercise from Embarrass Evangelical Free in Embarrass, Minnesota. This looks at the policy this church promotes as “One Another Principles.” How healthy is this policy? How healthy are the goals this EFCA church pushes forward?

“Intelligence is something we are born with. Thinking is a skill that must be learned.”

Edward De Bono

“To live is to think.”

Marcus Cicero

That very night the believers sent Paul and Silas to Berea. When they arrived there, they went to the Jewish synagogue. 11 And the people of Berea were more open-minded than those in Thessalonica, and they listened eagerly to Paul’s message. They searched the Scriptures day after day to see if Paul and Silas were teaching the truth. 12 As a result, many Jews believed, as did many of the prominent Greek women and men.

Acts 17: 10-12 NLT 

Welcome sign to Glacier National Park in Montana

We’re going to look at a webpage at an EFCA church in Embarrass, Minnesota and question if this is healthy or good. Actually you will be the judge of this exercise. Please remember just because I post an EFCA webpage page doesn’t mean it always has issues. There are some EFCA churches that can be fine and healthy. The EFCA is so broad that you have to wade through and pick the good from the bad. Embarrass is on the iron range of Minnesota, which is one of the iron ore deposits which has been mined since the late ninetieth century. Embarrass also has the reputation of being one of the coldest spots in Minnesota. 

Embarrass Evangelical Free was started in 1979. Today the average attendance at this church is about 210 people on a Sunday. Today this church is led by Marlin Bjornrud. At this EFCA church they have a policy called, “One Another Principles” that explains how the church will interact with each other. It is based off 36 Biblical principles. Give this a look at and let’s discuss the health of Martin Bjornrud’s church. 


One of the trademarks of this body of believers is that we are committed to being “One Another People”. That is, we strive to live out the 36 Biblical principles that deal with how we are to treat one another as brothers and sisters in Christ.

THE ONE ANOTHER PRINCIPLES ARE:

We belong to one another | Romans 12:5  | Ephesians 4:25

Love one another | John 13:34-35  | Colossians 3:14

Be devoted to one another | Romans 12:10

Accept one another | Romans 15:17

Care for one another | 1 Corinthians 12:25-26

Submit to one another | Ephesians 5:21

Regard one another as more important than self | Philippians 2:3-4

Do not judge one another | Romans 14:13

Serve one another | Galatians 5:13

Have compassion for one another | 1 Peter 3:8

Be kind to one another | Ephesians 4:32

Live in peace with one another | 1 Thessalonians 5:13

Bear with one another | Colossians 3:13 | Ephesians 4:2

Use gifts in ministering to one another | 1 Peter 4:10-11

Bear one another’s burdens | Galatians 6:2

Be of the same mind with one another | Romans 15:5

Forgive one another | Colossians 3:13  | Ephesians 4:2

Pray for one another | James 5:16

Confess your faults to one another | James 5:16

Be of the same mind towards one another | Romans 12:16

Comfort one another | 1 Thessalonians 4:18

Honor one another | Romans 12:10

Stimulate one another to love and good deeds | Hebrews 10:24

Greet one another | Romans 16:16

Be humble toward one another | 1 Peter 5:5

Be hospitable to one another | 1 Peter 4:9

Encourage one another | 1 Thessalonians 5:11

Teach and admonish one another | Colossians 3:16  | Romans 15:14

Do not provoke one another | Galatians 5:26

Build up one another | 1 Thessalonians 5:11  | Romans 14:19

Do not lie to one another | Colossians 3:9

Do not bite and devour one another | Galatians 5:15

Do not envy one another | Galatians 5:26

Do not speak against one another | James 4:11

Do not complain against one another | James 4:11

Seek what is good for one another | 1 Thessalonians 5:15

 

7 thoughts on “Practicing Discernment: One Another Principles of Evangelical Free Church of Embarrass, Minnesota

  1. My question for this list is, how this church defines “one another”? Is this list only about how church members should treat each other, or how they will treat other christians, or how they will treat everybody in society at large, particularly people who are very different from them? That would be more telling, as to how well they “accept” or “do not judge” or “have compassion” for outsiders.

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  2. If you put them all together, they sound very good. They did, however, miss one very important principle. “Speak the truth in love to one another.” Christians seem to have this habit of going around with plastic faces never quite telling each other what is really bothering them. They somehow see that as unChristian. I agree with Ubi above that if the “one another” is only those in your exclusive church group, it is a little stuffy and comes off hypocritical and useless.

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    • Christians seem to have this habit of going around with plastic faces never quite telling each other what is really bothering them. They somehow see that as unChristian.

      I figure it as a Survival mechanism. Especially if you’ve been in-country in a dysfunctional church. It’s not only chickens who peck a Defective to death in the barnyard — “Beware Thou of the Mutant.”

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    • They did, however, miss one very important principle. “Speak the truth in love to one another.”

      Didn’t that Rabbi from Tarsus write a chapter-long essay on just that subject?

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