The Structure of the Church is Family: Is it time to get back to it?
What is family? In these times family is an oddity and the concept of family is being ripped apart! Maybe we have been looking at family the wrong way. We can look at the story of Jesus when he was in a house ministering when his mother and brother came knocking in the door. Some may find it strange how He answered.
“He replied to him, “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?” Pointing to his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers. For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.” Matthew 12:48-50
What makes the Church family is that we hear our Father and we follow Him. We truly make Jesus the Lord of our life. What does it mean to be the Church truly and to have relationships within it?
John Fenn with Church Without Walls International shares his perspective of what happened to family in the Church. “I like to say that Christianity started as a relationship in Israel when God came to man. It went to Greece to become a philosophy, to Rome to become a religion, to Europe to become a tradition and a part of the culture and to America to become a part of an enterprise.”
People want family so bad, and it is sad to see that the Church in America has become an enterprise. God came to bring us relationship which we can have through Jesus. The Church is the family of God!
“Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.” Romans 8:17
The Church is realizing that we are all family no matter the denomination or the person will transform it into how it was intended to be from the beginning. We can be freed from this enterprise that is called the church in America. We can choose today to ask God with hay, wood, and stubble in our lives and to burn that out of us. In turn, we can be transformed into a Christian who does the will of the Father and lead others to Jesus Christ! Maybe you don’t know Jesus as Your Lord and Savior. You can make that decision today and read our stories of how we made that decision at Meet My Father. We want to hear from you! You can write to us at [email protected]. Greg and Steve shared in this segment.
#WisdomMoments Victory, Shield, Guard, Protection, and Salvation
In this wisdom moment, we talk about how God is in control!
“He holds success in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, for he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones.” Proverbs 2:7-8
Living a good upright life is okay! It will not be in vain, and He will never forget all that we have done for Him. This is a victorious life because as we walk as an upright person, we will have success. God’s people are always outnumbered so that God can show Himself mighty! If we don’t understand that God is the One Who holds victory in His hands, then we will wear ourselves out.
Then God is a shield for the blameless! How can we be blameless? We can look at the life of David and how he always loved God, he spent time with Him and sought to walk in obedience to God and sought to lead others to do the same. Yes, he was a sinner, but he cried out to God and God restored him to be blameless before Him. In every battle and every trial, David cried out to God and gave credit to God for every victory. When we live how David did, we can lead a blameless live too and have God as our shield.
Next, God is guarding our course in life. We can walk in faith knowing that God is doing this! As a believer, we can say we are just because Jesus made us right before God.
“But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished— he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.” Romans 3:21-26
We can know that God is protecting our course when we are abiding, spending time with God! If you need help on how to spend time with God, you can get your free plan today at iAbide.
Lastly, God protects the way of His faithful ones. We can stay faithful to God just how David did and know that our life is protected! Maybe you don’t know Jesus as Your Lord and Savior. You can make that decision today and read our stories of how we made that decision at Meet My Father. We want to hear from you; you can write to us at [email protected]. Greg, John, and Pat shared in this segment.