Q. What do you mean by the “Togethers”?
A. The Togethers are groupings of many Bible verses into specific behaviors that God expects from His church. They define the way God wants relationships within His kingdom to be lived out. (Gene Getz called a shorter list of them the “one anothers.”)
We have identified 65 commands for the church found in Scripture. They could be organized differently. And this is not an exhaustive list; more could be added. We have made our distinctions in order to emphasize clearly what God expects from us so they can be practically and obediently implemented.
There is a great deal of overlap among the Togethers. But each of them still has something unique about itself. For example, there is much similarity between “Meet One Another’s Needs” and “Look Out for One Another’s Good” and “Serve One Another.” However, each does not encompass all the dynamics of the others.
It’s sad that many Christians believe they are adequately glorifying God (doing Him a big favor, perhaps?) by doing a few simple things they know God has asked for in the way of Christian relationships. These same people would memorize their Employee Handbook at work to make sure they did not get fired. But, even though God killed His own son for them, these Christians still want to do much less for God than they could. We are hoping that by studying the 65 Togethers of Scripture, the Kingdom Handbook for Christians so to speak, they will work toward giving God more of what His heart desires for His people.
As you study the Togethers, you will also see that they are the best way to live. They are (1) superior worship of God all week long, (2) supernatural ways to love that cannot be duplicated by non-Christians, (3) thus a witness (John 13:34-35) to the world of the ways of Jesus Christ, and (4) the most powerful way to live with each other and with God.
The other thing we’re addressing through this ministry is that these 65 things God has asked for can be best done in friendships, marriages and families. Only to a limited extent can they be done in small groups and church fellowships.
However, if friends, spouses and families learn to do these 65 Togethers as situations call for them, small groups and churches will become stronger. When organized churches, house churches and small groups help friendship groups, marriages and families vibrantly obey the Togethers, God will be glorified by these larger forms of the church as well.