Sunday, September 9, 2007

Wesleyans Believe In The Family of God

Sermon Highlights from Sept. 9th:
Text: Galatians 3:26-29

We believe that the earthly manifestation of the family of God is the church and includes all believers in Jesus Christ of all ages. This family has one father, the God of the Bible, who intends for His family to live in community with one another.

Members of the family of God share the same:

1) Portal (same entry point)
v.26 – You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.

As sinners, we all need a Savior – there is only one, Christ Jesus.
“I am the way, the truth and the life.”

2) Parity (everyone shares a commonality)
v.28 – There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

Henri Nouwen: “We are unified by our common weaknesses, our common failures, our common disappointments and our common inconsistencies.”

No distinctions made based on: Race or Class or Gender
The church is built on level ground.
The family of God understands the common of community.
We need each other to survive. We are interdependent and interconnected. We rely on each other.

3) Promise (same hope, purpose and desire)
v.29 – If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

We gather week after week to encourage, edify and exhort one another.

Hebrews 10:24-25 > And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another.

We rally with other local churches to support and strengthen each other in our mutual endeavor.

1 Cor. 1:2 > “with all those everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ – their Lord and ours.”

John Wesley: “Although a difference in opinions or modes of worship may prevent an entire external union; yet need it prevent our union in affection? Though we cannot think alike, may we not love alike? May we not be of one heart, though we are not of one opinion?”

We look forward to the grand family reunion in heaven with all the family from all the ages.

Hebrews 11:39-40 > These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised. God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.

As family members let us pledge our loyalty to the universal church and to one another by saying together:
Pledge to the Church: I pledge allegiance to the church of Jesus Christ. As part of God’s family I will live in harmony with my brothers and sisters, seek to exalt Christ and serve others in His name.

2 comments:

Pastor Joe said...

Doug,

Joe Gormong :) Had a question for you...do you know what might have happened with the bible quiz machines might have gone? (thought we had two of them)

We have 15-20 some in our club56 (5th & 6th graders) and they are top notch students, and we want to start up bible bowl. realizing that they are too young, we would have a few years of practice and be even better when they do come of age.

I looked upstairs yesterday, but didn't find them....didn't know if you owned them, or the church bought them?

Joe

Doug Dennis said...

Joe,
The church did buy them and I think they were still there when I moved on. But I had no idea where they would have gotten put away to.
Also, congradulations on the new addition to your family.

Doug