How much does he love me, love you? Ephesians 2:19 (ESV) 19 So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, Scripture Reading. To enjoy our website, you'll need to enable JavaScript in your web browser. Buat situs web atau blog gratis di WordPress.com. In the church, God’s family, one needs to find that forgiveness and I am speaking here of the forgiveness by our brethren specifically. If it is needed the family of God helps one another out with the matters of this life. Text. While more could be said, a handful of Scriptures below describe what it means to be part of the family of God. To imply that one can go … 12:50 NKJV). In the family of God, the Church, the lifeblood is the love of God that is realised in loving Him and others, loving all without distinction, without measure. Online Campus Each week you can join our full service online. 5: 17-20 Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. However, most likely this is metaphorical language for a family or household since it is translated this way three times in verses 4, 5, and 12. “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted.” (Eph. Visit Religious Affections Ministries at http://religiousaffections.org. The family of God is the greatest family any man or woman can ever have. . 6:10 NKJV)  In 1 Tim. Opinions expressed are solely those of the author(s). The Father declared of Christ Jesus, "This is my beloved Son" (Matt 3:17), and we are "his offspring" as well (Isa 53:10). "And we are his house, if indeed we hold fast our confidence and our boasting in our hope" (Heb 3:6). The family of God is not torn asunder by death. David pastors First Baptist Church in Rockford, IL. Finally, I must close with the elder son of the Christian family, the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The depiction of the church as God’s household can help us conceive of our role as shepherds and stewards of God in our churches. Christ is also the elder Brother to all believers, so to speak, prominent as "the firstborn among many brothers" (Rom 8:29) who is "not ashamed to call them brothers" (Heb 2:11). 63, No. “Whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him how does the love of God abide in him?” (1 John 3:17 NKJV)  “As we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.” (Gal. In Christ one always has family for the church of God is the family of God, people who love one another and care about one another, people who will literally pray for you as well as help you. 15:13 NKJV)  God knew what he was talking about. (3)  Kindness. All human experience has borne out the truth of this statement of scripture. (1)  Love. All children of this family—including Christ, who has always been with the One whom Christ revealed as "the Father" (John 1:18 John 1:18 No man has seen God at any time, the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he has declared him. 3:15 NKJV)  Thus the church is our spiritual family, the house of God, and if we live in it long enough and are faithful in it it becomes as close to us as physical family, even a closely knit physical family, and even dearer to us as the years go by and we grow older. If you do not have a church family, ask God to lead you to one or to a Christian in your area. The church is called "The Family of God" because it is all about relationships, those with our Heavenly Father, and our brothers and sisters. “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16 NKJV)  He is “not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.” (1 Peter 3:9 NKJV)  He “desires all men to be saved.” (1 Tim. My church family provides a team to work with. We are the children of God, “Beloved, now we are children of God.” (1 John 3:2 NKJV)  Christians are born of God, “Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God.” (1 John 5:1 NKJV)  We are begotten of God in that he has “according to his abundant mercy…begotten us again.” (1 Peter 1:3 NKJV)  The Christian has been born again into the family of God.