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He Made Us Family

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Faithworks Christian Church, December 1,2013 preaching series

Faithworks Christian Church, December 1,2013 preaching series

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  • 1. FAITHWORKS IS A FAMILY
  • 2. THE BOOK OF THE GENEALOGY OF JESUS CHRIST
  • 3. IMPORTANT POINTS ABOUT GENEALOGY
  • 4. IMPORTANT POINTS ABOUT GENEALOGY 1. Children should know their father and fathers should know their children.
  • 5. IMPORTANT POINTS ABOUT GENEALOGY 2. God loves people and He knows us by name.
  • 6. IMPORTANT POINTS ABOUT GENEALOGY 3. God works through families.
  • 7. IMPORTANT POINTS ABOUT GENEALOGY 4. Every family tree has some knots.
  • 8. IMPORTANT MEN IN JESUS’ GENEALOGY
  • 9. ABRAHAM God loves all people equally, but he doesn’t work through all people equally.
  • 10. ABRAHAM He was not a Jew, but he was a Gentile.
  • 11. ABRAHAM And the Bible says that Abraham believed the Lord, he trusted the Lord, he had faith in the Lord.
  • 12. DAVID It is promised in Micah 5:2 that through the city of David, Bethlehem, would come Jesus, the King of kings.
  • 13. DAVID King David and his kingdom, it was based upon three things: PRESENCE OF GOD among his people, which came ultimately through the temple which David had constructed through his son, Solomon
  • 14. DAVID King David and his kingdom, it was based upon three things: PEACE WITH GOD through the forgiveness of sin;
  • 15. DAVID King David and his kingdom, it was based upon three things: PROSPERITY FROM GOD
  • 16. DAVID But even David was not always a godly man. He needed a Savior as well.
  • 17. DAVID It just goes to show, even the best among us are still sinners in need of the grace of God.
  • 18. DAVID So, the great King David, the man after God’s own heart, the shepherd boy who fell the giant, the author of many of the worship songs in Psalms, the one who architected the plan with God’s provision to create the temple where God would be present with his people: adulterer murderer , .
  • 19. DAVID Some of you don’t rightly interpret your family history. Some of you idealize and romanticize your ancestry.
  • 20. DAVID The result is you don’t see the sins of your forefathers and those who have come before you, and as a result, you may not understand the need for the grace of God in your own life.
  • 21. DAVID See, they would have said that two of the greatest people in the history of the world were Abraham and David, and he’s showing: and they were both saved by the grace of God and they both needed Jesus to come from the family of Abraham to be a greater King than David.
  • 22. JOSEPH And he is not Jesus’ biological father That’s why it . articulates it this way: it calls him, in Matthew 1:16, “the husband of Mary” It doesn’t say he’s . the father of Jesus.
  • 23. JOSEPH He’s “the husband of Mary of whom Jesus was , born, who is called the Christ. What it’s showing ” here is that Joseph is not Jesus’ biological father . He did not have any intimate relations with her until after Jesus was born.
  • 24. IMPORTANT WOMEN IN JESUS’ GENEALOGY
  • 25. IMPORTANT WOMEN IN JESUS’ GENEALOGY THE FAMILY LINE IS TRACED THROUGH THE MEN, NOT THE WOMEN, SO WOMEN ARE GENERALLY NOT INCLUDED IN OTHER GENEALOGIES IN THE BIBLE.
  • 26. IMPORTANT WOMEN IN JESUS’ GENEALOGY FOUR OF THE FIVE WOMEN ARE GENTILES, NOT JEWS. AND, AT LEAST FOUR OF THESE WOMEN START WITH SOME REAL PROBLEMS, BAGGAGE AND CARRY-ONS.
  • 27. TAMAR You’re looking for a good time, not a good legacy. You’re looking to take from a woman, not give to a woman.
  • 28. TAMAR Here’s the big idea: even people who do bad things are still welcome in the family of Jesus.
  • 29. RAHAB So, she’s a lying, Canaanite prostitute. But she gets converted because God is a Father who’s willing to adopt anyone into his family.
  • 30. RAHAB God is a Father who’s willing to look at even the most troubled, difficult, obstinate, rebelliou s kids and say, “I will be your Father and my love will change you.”
  • 31. RAHAB And she changes. See, it’s not just about who you’re born by, but whether or not you’ve been born again.
  • 32. RAHAB It’s not just about your earthly father but if you , have been adopted by your Heavenly Father It’s . not just who your relatives are, it’s whether or not Jesus is your big Brother Now, she had faith in the . coming of Jesus. She turned from sin and trusted in the God of the Bible.
  • 33. RAHAB She had a life change, she became converted, and she became the greatgreat-grandmother to King David. She’s part of the family line of the coming of Jesus.
  • 34. RUTH Is there a part of your family you don’t talk about, you don’t talk to, you’re just done with them because either they think you’re the bad one or you think they’re the bad one, or whatever has happened, somewhere in the history something went bad.
  • 35. RUTH And you know what? She gets converted. She’s not just born, but she’s born again. She doesn’t just have her earthly father she’s now adopted by God, her , Heavenly Father .
  • 36. RUTH And she joins the family of God, literally the family of a woman named Naomi. She becomes one of the godliest women in the whole Bible. Her husband dies and she marries a guy named Boaz. Chapter 4 of the book of Ruth ends with her giving birth to a son, and she becomes King David’s great-grandma.
  • 37. RUTH Don’t you love that? Wrong family wrong , history wrong geography wrong spirituality you , , , meet God, you’re part of the family there’s no , second-class citizen in the family of God.
  • 38. RUTH And here’s the big idea: you may come from a horrible family, but everything could change with you in the grace of God.
  • 39. RUTH You could become the first generation in a whole new legacy, and the way that you can put an end to the history of your family is by getting a new Father so you can start a new family. That’s the story of Ruth.
  • 40. BATHSHEBA She was Uriah the Hittite’s wife, and she had an adulterous affair with King David, and her husband was murdered,
  • 41. BATHSHEBA But God uses what is evil for good, because he’s that good, and from her comes Solomon, a man who writes Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon, and Proverbs, three books of the Bible; the man who constructs the temple that was organized by God’s sovereign decree as delivered through his father David, so that God would be present with his people , and that his people could worship him and deal with their sin.
  • 42. BATHSHEBA There’s hope for you. Bathsheba’s loved by God and she’s used by God, and even though her sin is great, God’s grace is greater still.
  • 43. BATHSHEBA He’s here to enable us, allow us, to be adopted by the Father into a new family and leave a new legacy.
  • 44. MARY It’s all about Jesus.
  • 45. MARY It’s the last picture we have of her in the Scriptures. She’s with 120 first believers in Jesus, and she’s gathered together with the family of God, worshiping her son as her Savior knowing that she, too, was a , sinner .
  • 46. MARY And Mary’s reputation was damaged. She was considered not a godly woman, but an ungodly woman; not a holy woman, but an unholy woman; not a chaste woman, but a defiled woman; yet she knew her identity.
  • 47. MARY She knew that God loved her and had chosen her to do something that was important and significant, though difficult, and that was to birth and raise Jesus Christ. And some of you have had that.
  • 48. MARY You’ve had a reputation that was destroyed through lies, and false reports, and bad accusations, and there are people in the family of God, including Jesus’ own mother like that as well. ,
  • 49. THERE’S ROOM FOR YOU IN JESUS’ FAMILY
  • 50. DO YOU COME FROM A GODLY FAMILY A GODLY , FAMILY LINE?
  • 51. DO YOU COME FROM AN UNGODLY FAMILY OR A GODLESS FAMILY A SINFUL FAMILY A , , WICKED FAMILY A REBELLIOUS FAMILY A , , DISCOURAGING FAMILY A SHAMEFUL , FAMILY
  • 52. Jesus’ family does. It didn’t destroy him and it doesn’t need to destroy you.
  • 53. The Bible is honest about it and it invites you to be honest as well, so that you can see the sins of your family and know that you all need a Savior and be born , again, adopted into the family of God through the work of Jesus, your big Brother and then have a new family , called the church, where they help you and you help them, and together we grow to be more like him.
  • 54. And as the family of God, we’re going to hurt one another we’re going to disappoint one , another we’re going to fail one another we’re , , going to forgive one another we’re going to try , again, because that’s what families do.
  • 55. WHEN YOU HEAR OF SOME OF THESE STORIES, DO YOU JUST SEE YOURSELF AS ONE OF THOSE GUIL TY SINNERS? HOW MANY OF YOU ARE AT THE POINT WHERE YOU’RE NOT GOING TO TRY TO EXPLAIN IT OR JUSTIFY IT OR EXCUSE IT OR IGNORE IT? , , ,
  • 56. There’s room for you in the family of God. There’s room for you in Jesus’ family There’s room for you . in Jesus’ family and you won’t be the first, you , probably won’t even be the worst, but there’s room for you in Jesus’ family .
  • 57. HOW MANY OF YOU, IN READING THIS, ARE LIKE THE ORIGINAL RECIPIENTS: MORAL, RELIGIOUS, SELFRIGHTEOUS, PROUD.
  • 58. TWO THINGS I WOULD SAY: 1. Your family’s probably way more messed up than you know, they just didn’t tell you, okay?
  • 59. TWO THINGS I WOULD SAY: 1. Your family’s probably way more messed up than you know, they just didn’t tell you, okay?
  • 60. TWO THINGS I WOULD SAY: 2. Pride is a sin that is at least equal to incest, adultery, murder Pride is a . horrendous sin.
  • 61. Pride says, “I don’t need the grace of God because the grace of God is for sinners, and I don’t really need the grace of God because I’m not really a sinner” when your sin is pride. And that tends to be , the preferred sin of religious, moral, spiritual people, as they judge others, overlooking their own hypocrisy .
  • 62. And it’s not about your earthly father it’s about your , Heavenly Father It’s not about your birth, it’s about . your new birth. It’s not just about your family of origin, it’s about the family of God. And he’s inviting all who are religious, and moral, and proud, and spiritual to repent, not just of what they do but who they are.
  • 63. CONCLUSION
  • 64. WE’RE ALL BORN INTO A SINFUL FAMILY .
  • 65. THROUGH FAITH, LIKE ABRAHAM, WE’RE BORN AGAIN INTO THE FAMILY OF GOD.
  • 66. We receive all of the promises and provisions that come from the Lordship of Jesus as our King, and with God as our Father we can now love and serve one , another as our family.
  • 67. In closing, how important this is as we go forward, that we see ourselves as sinners with a great Father adopted into a family , with an opportunity to leave a new legacy.
  • 68. And if we lose sight of that, we’ll find ourselves repeating the sins of our fathers and mothers and not repenting of the sins of our fathers and mothers.

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