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God's Family

TEXT: 1 Tim. 3:15; Heb. 3:5-6; Eph. 2:19; Gal. 6:10

INTRODUCTION:

A. THE EXPRESSION "HOUSE OF GOD."

1. Often refers to one's family.

2. Examples: Acts 10:1-2; Luke 1:27; Heb. 11:7.

B. IN OUR TEXT PASSAGES, GOD'S FAMILY IS THE CHURCH.

I. PROMINENT FEATURES OF GOD'S FAMILY, THE CHURCH.

A. GOD IS THE FATHER( Eph. 3:14; 4:6; 1 Cor. 8:6 ).

B. JESUS IS HIS SON OVER HIS HOUSE( Heb. 3:6 ).

C. CHRISTIANS ARE JESUS' BRETHREN( 2:11-12 ).

D. IF WE ARE BRETHREN W/CHRIST, WE MUST BE GOD'S CHILDREN, TOO.

1. We are sons & heirs( Gal. 4:7; Rom. 8:15-17 ).

2. We are sons of God thru faith( Gal. 3:26-27 ).

3. Difference between us & Satan's children( 1 John 3:10 ).

E. ALL OF GOD'S CHILDREN ARE IN HIS FAMILY, THE CHURCH.

II. 1 John 3:1, THE BLESSEDNESS OF THIS RELATIONSHIP.

A. APPROACH GOD AS FATHER( Mat. 6:6-9 ).

B. JESUS, A PRIEST, OVER HIS HOUSE, TO PLEAD FOR US

( Heb. 10:19; 1 John 2:1-2 ).

C. THE HOLY SPIRIT AS GUIDE( Rom.8:14; Gal.5:16, 26 1 John 5:7 ).

D. GOD'S FATHERLY PROVISION( Mat. 6:8, 32-33; 7:7-11 ).

E. GOD'S FATHERLY CORRECTION( Heb. 12:4-11 ).

F. PROTECTION( Phil. 4:4-7 ).

G. HIS EVER PRESENT LOVE( Rom. 8:38-39; Eph. 3:17-19 ).

H. GOD'S INHERITANCE FOR HIS CHILDREN( 1 Pet. 1:3-5 ).

III. THIS RELATIONSHIP DEMANDS SOMETHING OF US.

A. SANCTIFICATION( 2 Cor. 6:17 - 7:1 ).

B. OBEDIENCE( 1 Pet. 1:14 ).

C. FAITHFULNESS( Heb. 3:6 ).

D. WEAR THE FAMILY NAME( 1 Pet. 4:15-16 ).

E. LOVE THE BRETHREN( John 4:7 ).

IV. HOW DO WE BECOME GOD'S CHILDREN?

A. BEGOTTEN AGAIN( 1 Pet. 1:3, 22-23 ).

B. A NEW BIRTH( John 3:5 ).

C. FAITH CULMINATING IN BAPTISM( Gal. 3:26-27 ).

CONCLUSION: ARE YOU IN GOD'S FAMILY?