GOD’S FAMILY

GOD’S FAMILY

INTRODUCTION

A. The Song – “God’s Family”

We’re part of a family that’s been born again;

Part of a family who love knows no end;

For Jesus has saved us, and made us His own,

Now we’re part of a family that’s on its way home

When a brother meets sorrow we all feel his grief;

When he’s passed thru the valley we all feel relief;

Together in sunshine, together in rain,

Together in victory thru His precious name

And tho’ some go before us, we’ll meet again;

Just inside the city as we enter in;

There’ll be no more parting, with Jesus we’ll be

Together forever, God’s family.

B. Family is important to us

1. We treasure family relationships, memories, gatherings …

2. I suppose that is why God chose the concept of “family,”
as one of the ways He refers to His church

a. Ephesians 3:14-15

b. Paul speaks of the family in heaven and on earth

3. We often speak of our church family and how precious it
is to us

4. Let us spend a little time discussing “God’s Family”

DISCUSSION

A. DESIGNATIONS USED TO DESCRIBE THIS
FAMILY

1. “Brotherhood”

a. 1 Peter 2:17 … we are to love the brethren

b.  “Brother” (or brethren) is found 319 times in the New
Testament, where “sister (s)” is used 22 times

c. By and large, these terms define a physical relationship

d. These words are sometimes used in a spiritual sense

e. 1 Peter 5:9

f. 3 John 10

g. These verses stress a relationship between Christians –
a relationship that places them as one concerning a
standing in Christ.

1) Galatians 3:26-29

2) By no means does this remove the distinction between
the genders or their unique, God-given responsibilities,
but it strengthens our understanding of the close
relationship that should exist between siblings in the
spiritual family – we are a family!

3) 1 Timothy 5:1-2 … a family relationship is here
clearly described

2. “Child” (or children) is used 168 times in the New
Testament

a. About 80% of the time, the terms (child/children) are
referring to a physical family

b. However, we are called the “children of God”

1) Romans 8:16

2) Therefore, when applied to Christians, the sense of the
term reflects a paternal relationship with the Father

3) We are the “children of God”!

3. “Household of God” (or, house of God)

a. Ephesians 2:19-20

b. 1 Timothy 3:14-15

c. “Having a great priest over the house of God” (Heb.
10:21)

d. 1 Peter 4:17

4. God as “Father”

a. 1 Corinthians 8:5-6

1) Since God is our Father – we are His children

2) A family relationship is clearly seen

b. John 8:44

1) There are only two spiritual families

2) We are members of one or the other

c. God is our Father!

5. Jesus as “Son” – thus, our elder brother

a. Hebrews 3:3-6

b. Hebrews 7:25 … as our elder brother, Jesus
intercedes…

c. Jesus is our elder Brother!

B. TO ENTER GOD’S FAMILY THERE MUST
BE A BIRTH

1. It is noteworthy that Jesus compares our entrance into
salvation, and thus into the family of God, as a birth

2. John 3:3-5

a. A parallel verse … Acts 2:38

b. Thus … Acts 2:47

3. As one is born into a physical family, so must we be a
partaker of the spiritual birth to be a part of the family of
God

C. THE FAMILY CONCEPT IS A PERFECT
PARALLEL TO THE CHURCH

1. It denotes a sense of belonging

a. Isn’t wonderful to know that we have a place in the
family of God? That we can belong to the greatest family
in the world

b. Belonging to a family bond provides:

1) Comfort … 2 Corinthians 1:3-7

2) Strength … Ephesians 4:11-16

2. It signifies relationships

a. We have a unique relationship with the Father and with
each other

b. 1 Timothy 5:1-2 … Good family relationships demand
appropriate conduct

c. John 16:23 …We can approach God – as our Father – in
prayer!

d. Colossians 1:12 … We have an inheritance from the
Father

3. It draws a line

a. Everyone is not in the family of God

1) Our Heavenly Father designated certain entry
requirements, and if these criteria are not met, one is
not a member of the family

2) Merely running with the family does not make you a
part of the family.

b. Along this line it is important for us to remember that
Satan is subtle (Gen. 3:1) and his sole intention is to
separate us from the Father.

1) One of his most effective attacks upon Christianity has
been the blurring of lines concerning just who is and is
not in the family.

2) If you were to ask various people in the community
how one becomes a part of the family of God – you
would get many different answers

3) Again, notice how the Bible says we are born into the
family of God  1 Peter 1:23

D. ALL OF GOD’S FAMILY ARE IMPORTANT

1. In our physical families we all have different abilities and
appearances – but all are important and loves

2. The same holds true in the family of God

3. 1 Corinthians 12:12-27

E. THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE
CHILDREN OF GOD’S FAMILY

1.  2 Corinthians 6:17-18 .. be separate from the world

2. Ephesians 5:1-2, 8 … as God’s children we must be like
our Father and be children our Father would be proud of

3. John 13:35 … we love each other so that others will want
to be a part of God’s family

4. Galatians 6:1-2 … bear each other’s burdens – lean on
each other

5. Matthew 28:18-20 … try to bring other into the family

CONCLUSION

A. THE FUTURE OF GOD’S FAMILY

1. Romans 8:16-17

2. 1 Peter 1:3-5

3. 1 John 3:2

 

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Gospel Preacher for the Park Heights church of Christ in Hamilton, TX. I stand for and defend the truth of God's word. All other degrees and diplomas mean very little in comparison.
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