God has called each one of us to follow him. While every individual needs to obey Jesus’ call to follow, we cannot follow Jesus as individuals. The proper context for every Christian is the church.
It is impossible to be a disciple aside from the church of Jesus Christ. Look at it from this perspective: the New Testament is full of commands to do this or that for “one another.” Love one another, pray for one another, encourage one another, etc. So how can we teach people to “observe all that I have commanded” if they have no one to love, pray for, or encourage?
It’s impossible to “one another” yourself. It’s impossible to follow Jesus alone. We can’t claim to follow Jesus if we neglect the church He created, the church He died for, the church He entrusted His mission to.
Teaching people to trust in Christ and obey what Jesus commanded is a never-ending process that requires us to intertwine our lives with the Christians around us. As Christians, we join together with other believers, help them overcome the sin that holds them back, and challenge them to grow into more effective disciple makers.
Here is a homework assignment from the pastor! Go to www.biblegateway.com and search for "One Another" in the New Testament. Go through the list and find the texts that speak to the church. For example:
James 5:16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.
Copy and paste each of these into a document. Print the list and use it to evaluate your commitment to one another in the church. Ask God to help you to value one another more and obey His Word.