• We Are Family (Matthew 12:46-50)

    A Few Points of Interest:

    1. Jesus had brothers and sisters. (v46)
    2. Spiritual family is more important than physical family to Jesus. (v48,50)
    3. Obedience is the primary requirement Jesus gives for belonging. (v50)
    4. Jesus doesn’t seek to dishonor earthly family, but to give God priority.

    Family Privileges

    Acceptance—No matter who you are or where you’ve been.
    “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5.8)

    Belonging—There are no misfits in God’s family.
    “But now indeed there are many members, yet one body.” (1 Cor 12.20)

     Strength—The strong arm of God & the powerful hands of a family.
    “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Phil 4.13)

    Abundance—Thousands who pray for, encourage, and walk with you.
    “And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My name’s sake, shall receive a hundredfold, and inherit eternal life.” (Matthew 19.29)

    A Father—Your Heavenly Father is never absent, aloof or uncaring.
    He deeply loves you, hears you, and lays down His life for you.
    “For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, ‘Abba, Father.’”  (Romans 8.15)

    Family Responsibilities

    Construction—We are to encourage and build each other up.
    “Therefore comfort each other and edify one another” (1 Thess 5.11a)

    Correction—We are obligated to correct error (& be corrected!)
    “Speak these things, exhort, and rebuke with all authority.” (Titus 2.15a)

    Contribution—While we each have a load we are responsible to carry, we are also meant to bear one another’s burdens.
    “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. … For each one shall bear his own load.” (Gal 6.2,5)

    Credibility—We bear the name and reputation of our Father.
    “Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ” (2 Cor 5.20)

    Celebration—We are to rejoice at what God is doing among us.
    “And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.” (1 Cor 12.16)


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