A Spiritual Family
“As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him— you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house.” 1 Peter 2:4-5 NIV
“So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. Then God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it. Reign over the ﬁsh in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the animals that scurry along the ground.” Genesis 1:27-28 NLT
First attack: Diminish the importance of family.
Second attack: Divide the family.
Third attack: Redeﬁne the family.
The Church has become a reﬂection of a broken family rather than the spiritual family of healing God intended.
✓ Insufﬁcient — I am not good enough.
✓ Insigniﬁcant — I am not important.
✓ Insecure — I am not sure of anything.
“As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”” Matthew 3:16-17 NIV
“While he was still speaking, a bright cloud covered them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!”” Matthew 17:5 NIV
This is my son: Acceptance.
— When you know acceptance you feel secure.
Whom I love: Affection.
— When you see affection you feel signiﬁcant.
I am well pleased: Afﬁrmation.
— When you hear afﬁrmation you feel sufﬁcient.
“I am writing this not to shame you but to warn you as my dear children. Even if you had ten thousand guardians in Christ, you do not have many fathers, for in Christ Jesus I became your father through the gospel.” 1 Corinthians 4:14-15 NIV
“Therefore I urge you to imitate me. For this reason I have sent to you Timothy, my son whom I love, who is faithful in the Lord. He will remind you of my way of life in Christ Jesus, which agrees with what I teach everywhere in every church.” 1 Corinthians 4:16-17 NIV
An intimate family relationship brought you into this world.
An intimate family relationship can heal your broken world.
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9 NIV
“Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” James 5:16 NIV
1. See people as they could be not as they are.
Don’t point out their sin point out their potential.
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1 KJV
2. Say what you see.
“As it is written: “I have made you a father of many nations.” He is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed—the God who gives life to the dead and calls into being things that were not.” Romans 4:17 NIV
What you did one time doesn’t deﬁne you for all time.
3. Start the process.
“I pray that now at last by God’s will the way may be opened for me to come to you. I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong— that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith.” Romans 1:10-12 NIV
Our highest calling is the growth and development of our spiritual family.