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A Faith-Filled Family

The Importance of Faith

Hebrews 11:1 NKJV
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
2 Corinthians 5:7 NKJV
For we walk by faith, not by sight.
Hebrews 11:6 NKJV
But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
Look at the connection of both spiritual family and physical family life to faithfulness in Colossians 3:
We are raised with Christ to set our minds on things above (Col. 3:1-11).
We are called into the one body of a spiritual family (Col. 3:12-17).
The nature of the spiritual family will be evident in our physical families (Col. 3:18-25).

A Faith-Filled Church Family

Christianity is lived within the context of "Family."

Brothers and Sisters

Matthew 19:29–30 NKJV
And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My name’s sake, shall receive a hundredfold, and inherit eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last first.
Matthew 23:8 NKJV
But you, do not be called ‘Rabbi’; for One is your Teacher, the Christ, and you are all brethren.

Mothers and Fathers

John 19:27 NKJV
Then He said to the disciple, “Behold your mother!” And from that hour that disciple took her to his own home.
Matthew 19:29–30 NKJV
And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My name’s sake, shall receive a hundredfold, and inherit eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last first.

The Nature of Family

"Family" is not simply a legal structure!
We are not family in name only.
1 John 3:18 NKJV
My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.
"Family" is shown in the way we live.
1 Thessalonians 4:9 NKJV
But concerning brotherly love you have no need that I should write to you, for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another;
1 Peter 1:22 NKJV
Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart,
1 John 4:19–21 NKJV
We love Him because He first loved us. If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen? And this commandment we have from Him: that he who loves God must love his brother also.
"Family" is characterized by togetherness.
1 Corinthians 12:26–27 NKJV
And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it. Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually.
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