1 Cor 9:22-23
What makes a church a family? Church is meant to be living; not an organisation.
A Family is the people, not material items.
1. Our salvation, born again. When you are born, you are not part of a family until someone picks you up and brings you home. You have want to be there too.
2. What the Church stands for. If you want to know what a family believes is important.
3. The way we live our life is very important.
All that keeps us together is The Lord Jesus who is is central in our lives. Don't let God walk out the door. A church is a family. A Christian without a church is an orphan. A family provides support. We stand up for each other. One in union in Christ Jesus. Now you are a saint. Rom 8:1
As Gods people we enjoy great privileges. We rely on Jesus alone for justification. Putting on Christ according to the gospel, its about whats in your heart. We shouldn't be living our 'old life'.
God wants us to come out of our old life and grow up. Our special care must be for heaven. The old things in this life are passing away. It's really easy to get caught up in this life. We shouldn't work for this earthly life alone.
What does it mean to be called a Christian?
A follower of Christ.
Most people live their lives without knowing why they live their lives.
What is the meaning of my life? Why am I here?
Even before the world was made God had a plan for you.
We were planned for God's pleasure
so your first purpose is to offer real worship.
We were formed for God's family
so your second purpose is to enjoy real fellowship.
We were created to become like Christ,
so your third purpose is to learn real discipleship.
We were shaped for serving God
so your fourth purpose is to practice real ministry.
We were made for a mission
so your fifth purpose is to live out real evangelism.
We may even know our deepest need yet look for it in every place except God.
John14:6 I am the Way, the Truth and the Life no one comes to the Father except through me.
Remember your traditions.
Understand your purpose in his family.
God does not want us to hurt God's family, i.e. Christ and His Bride.
Its important to be in His family