Are you in the Family?
Speaker: Tom Leonard, March 17, 2019
17And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh. 18For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. 19Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; 20And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; 21In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: 22In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit. (KJV)
18And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. (KJV)
26For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. 27For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. (KJV)
9That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. (KJV)
Are You in the Family?
We are to embrace each other in Christ as God’s New Spiritual Family ; His living temple in which He dwells by His Spirit; and His instrument of reconciliation!
1. A new Family -God, not man, created the church as a living organism; a new family, not merely an organization.
> Jesus, ‘I will build my church!’ Matthew 16:18
*We must embrace each other in Christ as brothers and sisters in God’s new family. He gives us a new spiritual identity and belonging!
We read also in verse 20, that this new family is a household ‘built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets with Jesus Christ as the chief cornerstone.’
So are you in this new Family, God’s living household, the church?! Romans 10:9-10
2. A living Temple – We, the church together, are a dwelling/habitation in which God lives by His Spirit! verses 21-22
3. An Instrument of Reconciliation - God created the church to be His instrument of reconciliation and redemption. We are
to take this message to all people near and afar! vvs. 17-18