Members Of His Household

September 7, 2014


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SCRIPTURE

The Great Preacher of peace and love came for you, and His voice found those of you who were near and those who were far away. By Him both have access to the Father in one Spirit. And so you are no longer called outcasts and wanderers but citizens with God’s people, members of God’s holy family, and residents of His household.

~Ephesians 2:17-19, The VOICE

QUOTE

The story of paradise lost becoming paradise regained is the story of God’s grace bringing us from alienation from him to membership in his family. God’s grace restores us to what Adam lost for us – sonship to the God who made us, loves us, and provides for us in every detail in life.

~Sinclair Ferguson

my two cents worth.

It would cost you $300,000 to join the Yellowstone Club, then $30,000 per year in membership dues. Membership in the Yellowstone Club has a lot of perks but for that kind of money, it should. Obviously it is an exclusive club, very few people can afford such outrageous fees. You can join a local Country Club for a couple of thousand. If the online source I checked is reliable, you could be a member of Augusta Country Club for less than $2,000. I assumed it would be much more. The church is not a club; not a fraternity; not a business but a FAMILY. There are no membership fees per say and it offers eternal perks. Today we will be thinking about the privileges and responsibilities of being a member of God’s family. Here are some questions to ponder as we think on this subject:

  1. Do you think it would be acceptable or unacceptable for a church to charge membership fees? Why or why not?
  2. Do you think of church as family?
  3. Can you think of an experience related to our church where you were made to feel like family?
  4. Have you ever lived away from family {while in the military, school, etc}? Did you find a church that became family to you during this time?
  5. What would it be like not to have a family?
  6. Are you aware of the fact that over 80% of our YOUTH  [DBC] attend without the support of the nuclear family?
  7. Do you know that thousands of children across the U.S. live in institutions because they have no family to care for them.
  8. In your opinion, what destructive forces are doing the most harm to FAMILY? I think it is drugs and divorce. What do you think?
  9. What’s the difference between belonging to a Church and belonging to a Country Club?
  10. How is Church like Family? [I’ll give you a couple of examples]
    1. We are born into or adopted into both.
    2. All Churches, like all families, are imperfect.
    3. Both should foster love and acceptance.
    4. ____________________________

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  • A marathon schedule today but by GRACE we will prevail.
  • Our Golden Girls do great, we had 7 out of 11 which is not bad.
  • You will be able to sign up for Wednesday night supper today. Chick-Fil-A and it $4 per.
  • Remember, no bulletins today but Lord Willing, we will have biscuits and donuts.

 

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