Authentic Christianity Sermon Series
Authentic Church I - Church as Family of God
As human beings, created in the image of God, we are relational beings.
We were created for intimate and loving relationships,
and when we don't have that, we are unsatisfied.
Yet, modern day families and relationships are so broken and fragmented.
Due to the selfish individualism that dominates the culture,
we live in a day with the largest number of people with mental illnesses.
The problem is that the church has been contaminated by the patterns of this world.
The church is called the household or family of God.
Paul was definitely not talking about modern day families,
but the STRONG GROUP families of the first century.
The Group comes before the individual
Major decision making was done as community
When one is saved, they are not only born into a new relationship with the Father,
but inevitably born into the family of God, with many brothers and sisters.
The family of God should be considered more important than our biological/natural families,
because the family of God is the eternal one, not the biological one.
May we be healed of our brokenness from early and past relationships.
May we grow to become a true family of God,
where the bond of love is stronger than any other relationship or group.
May we be a community that is safe for all to be fully known and fully loved simultaneously.
Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples. (Jn13:35)