Here are a few announcements that you need to be aware of:
FaithPoint Men: We will meet at McDonald’s this coming Sunday at 9am to discuss chapter 4 of our book. I am loving our time of discussion and look forward to meeting with you this week.
FaithPoint Ladies: Your Bible study will continue every Sunday at 4pm.
Here are the notes from the sermon that was preached on Sunday:
The text for this sermon is: Ephesians 1:5-6, Ephesians 2:19, and Romans 8:14-17. The title of this sermon is: You Were Created For Fellowship. This is week 3 in our series: Living on Purpose.
We are all familiar with terms that the Bible uses to describe the position of God’s people:
- Body of Christ
- Adopted Children
We are family. The blood of Jesus makes us family. The blood of Jesus unites us. This is why I believe that the blood of Jesus can bond people together more than your earthly family. This makes sense because Jesus said that He didn’t come to bring peace but a sword.
Positionally, the Bible makes it clear that we are family. Why do we not act like what we are? Why does the church not act like family?
Is this why more people are not drawn to the church? Is it because the church acts more like a dysfunctional family than God’s family?
In Southern church culture, we have this expectation that to be in a church, there cannot be anything wrong with you. I don’t know where that came from. So, we have become experts at playing the game.
In reality, you are not the only one that is jacked up. Everyone is just as jacked up as you are but they refuse to admit it.
How many Sundays does a family wake up late, rush through the house to put on clothes that they would never wear to work, school, or most restaurants….maybe to a funeral – they jump in the car frazzled and hectic. One kid is trying not to spill juice on their shirt, the other one is stuffing Cap’n Crunch in his pocket. Dad is upset that they left late. Mom is upset that the kids were not ready on time. The car pulls into the parking lot. Before the car door opens, Mom tells the kids to “put on their happy face.”
As they are greeted by other believers, they are asked, “How are you doing?” The typical responses: “Fine.” “Good.” “Blessed.”
You put up a front. You don’t want to let anyone know that you have more bills than money. You don’t want anyone to know that your marriage only looks great on the outside. You don’t want anyone to know that you are struggling.
So, you create an illusion. You appear that you have it all together. Except, on the inside, your illusion is falling apart.
How long does it take for the illusion to become exhausting? Once you create it, it takes energy to maintain it. You have to also keep up the illusion everywhere you are present. Twitter, Facebook, work, your kids’ school, family, friends, church.
That has to get exhausting. Spending energy to maintain a false life so that people continue to think that you are awesome…that you have it all under control. You almost appear to be perfect.
Everyone knows that you’re not.
There is freedom in knowing that you’re not perfect and Jesus is.
What are you afraid of?
We are family.
I love this. God adopts us into His family. He gives us gifts that we could never earn or afford. All to unite us to Him.
Saints – does not mean perfect
Saints are people who are sinners that are saved by grace and then enter a process of becoming more like Jesus in all of life.
We are members of the household of God.
We get to call God, “Abba.” “Daddy.”
We become heirs with Christ.
We are given the Holy Spirit.
Every person that has experienced redemption through Jesus, is our brothers and sisters. It doesn’t matter color, economic status, educational achievements, or culture background.
For us to see more people come to Jesus, they first have to see us love each other, the way the Bible tells us to.
I LOVE OUR CHURCH!
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