Sun, 3 March 2013
March 3, 2013
You Were Formed for God’s Family
Ephesians 2:19b (TLB)
Synopsis: Have you ever felt like you were born into the wrong family. I have heard more than one teen say that. Well, part of that is because you were born into a flesh and blood family and yes there is more. You need to be born again (John 3:3). That’s what Jesus told Nicodemus. He was shocked. Now we know that Jesus wasn’t talking about flesh and blood rebirth, mom and dad initiated birth. Jesus was talking about being birthed into God eternal family. You must be born of the Spirit. God the Father initiated Spirit birth brings you into the family of God often referred to as the church.
There is a big identity shift in the New Testament. Following the individual response there is an automatic membership in the family of God. The family gathers together in groups to learn more about living in the family and for fellowship (Acts 2:42). Fellowship is the key word for accountability and reliability within the congregation (Hebrews 10:23-25).
We are formed to be the family of God in this world (Ephesians 2:17-22). Not a nation formed by man, but an eternal creation made by the power and grace of God.
Scripture Text (NLT): John 3:3-9; Acts 2:42; Hebrews 10:23-25; Ephesians 2:19 (CEV); 2:17-22
Memory Verse: Ephesians 2:19b (TLB)
You are members of God’s very own family . . . and you belong in God’s household with every other Christian.