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You Are Part of His Family

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I can remember the day each of my children first arrived at my home--most parents probably can. My son arrived in the afternoon. He was eight weeks old when a social worker brought him to our front door and rang the bell. As we answered the door my wife and I saw him for the first time!
I got to hold him first! He looked up at me and smiled (I'm sure he was not suffering from gas pains!). No boy was more prayed for, more desired, or more loved than he! He was, and still is, my favorite son (my only son)!Family
Three and a half years later we met our daughter for the first time, at the airport. We arrived early. In suspense, we watched most everyone get off the plane--including several flight attendants. Then she arrived--a little five week old bundle of energy. The watching flight attendants got misty eyed as we held her, hugged her, loved her, and accepted her into our family. She was, and still is, my favorite daughter (my only daughter)!
After each of our children arrived, the second most exciting day was when we stood before the judge legalizing the adoptions. Up until that time, they were not legally a part of our family--they could have been taken away or we could have given them back (we never even considered it!). After we met with the judge a birth certificate was issued that showed them being born into our family, even though we were not the birth parents. They were now our children!
It would be nice to report that both of my children are perfect. It would have been nice if they had always told us when they needed to go to the bathroom so they would not mess up their diapers. It would have been nice if they always, cheerfully cleaned their rooms. It would have been nice if there were never any displays of temper.
It would have been nice if they were always truthful, always thankful, and always polite. It would have been nice if they always ate their vegetables without complaining, always got along, and always did their homework without being asked. Alas, they were (and are) no more perfect than I am. They have made their share of mistakes--some even deliberately.
It is nice to report that they are both still my children (my favorite children)--loved, prayed for, disciplined, and desired. We knew they would make mistakes ... so do we. We know they are growing in their understanding of what is good, right, and wholesome ... so are we.
We love and accept our children because we have chosen them to be a part of our family. We love them not because they do all the right things or avoid doing all the wrong things--we love them because they are our children!
As parents, we expect our children to be growing and maturing. We expect mistakes. We deal with rebellion and disobedience. We teach, we nag, we beg, we discipline--but we never disown. We know that in spite of any difficulties, unless our children leave us, we will love them into maturity. In our family there is security.
Many Christians feel a whole lot less secure in their relationship with God than they do in their family--and God is supposed to be the ultimate Father! They feel like they are constantly in or out of the relationship. Why do so many have such a hard time feeling secure? What does it mean to be secure in Jesus? What is our security in Jesus based on?
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If you were killed in a car accident later today, would you be resurrected with the righteous?
If you were killed in a car accident later today, would you be resurrected with the righteous?
Is it possible that you could be kept out of Heaven because of unconfessed sins?
Is it possible that you could be kept out of Heaven because of unconfessed sins?
Is it possible that you could be kept out of Heaven because of unconfessed sins?
Is it possible that you could be kept out of Heaven because of unconfessed sins?
How would you define sin?
Let’s see what the Bible says
How would you define sin?
1 John 3:4 NKJV
Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness.
1 john 3:4
1 John 3:4 HCSB
Everyone who commits sin also breaks the law; sin is the breaking of law.
Does this text seem to define sin as disobedience or breaking God's law?
How does Jesus summarize the Law in ?
Matthew 22:37–40 NKJV
Jesus said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”
How does Paul summarize the Law in ?
Romans 13:10 NKJV
Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.
How does John define God in ?
1 John 4:8 NKJV
He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.
A=B B=C Therefore A=C
A represents the Law
B represents the Love
C represents God
Separation from God is Godlessness
Again what is sin?
C=God
Law=Love
Love=God
Law=God
Sin is a broken relationship with God
According to the consequences of sin (separation from God) is death. How does help you understand why this is true?
Acts 17:28 NKJV
for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also His offspring.’
How do and define sin?
Romans 14:23 NKJV
But he who doubts is condemned if he eats, because he does not eat from faith; for whatever is not from faith is sin.
1 John 3:6 NKJV
Whoever abides in Him does not sin. Whoever sins has neither seen Him nor known Him.
sin is not about bad deeds but rather living outside a relationship with God
Is it possible to know if you have (present tense) eternal life? What are the conditions? Read
1 John 5:11–13 NKJV
And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.
If eternal life comes from Jesus
how can it be yours?
How can you lose it?
How can you keep it?
What familiar human relationship does God use to illustrate our relationships to Him?
-16Galatians 4:4-7Ephesians 1:3-61
Romans 8:15–16 NKJV
For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,
Romans 8:15–16 NKJV
15 For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” 16 The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,
Romans 8:15–16 NKJV
15 For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” 16 The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,
Galatians 4:4–7 NKJV
But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!” Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.
Romans 8:
Ephesians 1:3–6 NKJV
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.
Adopted
1 John 3:2 NKJV
Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.
Adopted
Heirs of God through Jesus Christ
Adopted
Heirs of God through Jesus Christ
It is our choice to accepted the adoption
Adopted
Adobtion
Heirs of God through Jesus Christ
It is our choice to accepted the adoption
We will be just like Him
How do "bad deeds" and "failures" affect a child's standing in a loving home?
How do they affect our relationship with Jesus?
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