THE BIBLE GIVES DIFFERENT DESCRIPTIONS OF THE CHURCH
God’s people are like a Temple. Ephesians 2:22 “…being built together to become a dwelling in which God >> 2 << by his Spirit.” This temple is made of people and God’s Spirit dwells among us.
The Church is also like a body. Romans 12:5 “So in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each >> 3 << belongs to all the others.” Each member of the church is important.
Most of all, God speaks of the church as a family. Hebrews 2:11 “Both the one who makes people holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them >> 4 <<.” If the Lord Jesus has washed you from your sins you are a part of His family.
WHAT DO HEALTHY FAMILIES DO?
Families celebrate when children are born into it. The church does this by baptizing new believers and receiving them into fellowship. Acts 2:41 “Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were >> 5 << that day.”
Families share meals together. The most important meal the church shares is the Lord’s supper where we regularly eat the bread and drink the cup to remember the Lord Jesus’ sacrifice for our sins and proclaim that his life is enough for us. Read 1 Corinthians 11:23-26
Families teach their members so they can succeed in life. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 tells us why it is important to teach God’s Word. “All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be >> 6 << for every good work.”
Families provide discipline when we fall into error. 2 Timothy 3:16, “… teaching, rebuking, correcting and training…” We must accept the loving discipline of the church leadership if we disobey God’s Word.
Families love one another and enjoy life together. John 13:35 . . . “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you >> 7 << one another.” Jesus is at the center of our lives. We gather to enjoy Him together.
FAMILIES NEED STRONG LEADERSHIP TO SET A GOOD EXAMPLE
Have you been baptized into God’s family?
Is it possible to experience family life (see #2 above) without spending time together? How are you spending time with God’s family?
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