Church is ………Family

Dave Clarke

7th August, 2016 ()

Bible Text: Ephesians 5:1-10 and 1 John 4:7-16 |


This sermon is the second in a series on “What is the Church?” and has the title “Church is…….Family”; a family where all are welcome regardless of gender, age, status - summed up in the cation; Church is not something you go, it’s a family you belong to!

We look at the family model of Church under three headings…

  1. Getting into God’s Family: two biblical metaphors are explored for becoming members of God’s family. The idea of “New Birth” or being “Born Again” as we put our faith in Jesus, the Son of God (this is the apostle John’s favourite image). We also consider Paul’s favourite image of “Spiritual Adoption” as sons and daughter of the God.
  2. The Family Likeness; this is the measure of our likeness to Jesus, growing in the fruit of the Spirit which describe his character, love, joy, peace, faithfulness…..
  3. The Family Mission: the command to testify to Jesus as the Son of God and Saviour of the world and acknowledge his name before a watching world. We end with a challenge as we will soon be entering our autumn “Season of Invitation”, Harvest, Back to Church Sunday, Alpha, J John training course for evangelism……

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