Do not be afraid, for I have redeemed you I have called you by your name, you are mine! (Isaiah 43:1)
Romans 8:35-39 The Message Bible• Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between us and Christ’s love for us? There is no way!”
• “Not trouble, not hard times, not hatred, not hunger, not homelessness, not bullying threats, not backstabbing, not even the worst sins listed in Scripture…None of this fazed us because Jesus loves us. I’m absolutely convinced that nothing—nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable— absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us!”
God’s plan is for all of his kids to love each otherIn the same way that he loves us!
God’s plan is for all of his kids to love each other In the same way that he loves us!“I give you a new command: Love eachother. You must love each other just as Iloved you. All people will know that youare my followers if you love each other.”John 13:34-35
We are One with Each Other“I pray that they will all be one, just as youand I are one—as you are in me, Father, and Iam in you. And may they be in us so that theworld will believe you sent me. I have giventhem the glory you gave me, so they may beone as we are one. I am in them and you arein me. May they experience such perfect unitythat the world will know that you sent me andthat you love them as much as you love me.”John 17:21-23
We Belong to One Another! So then, no more boasting about humanleaders! All things are yours, whether Paul orApollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future—all are yours, and you are of Christ, and Christ is of God. 1 Corinthians 3:21-23
We Belong to One Another! So then, no more boasting about humanleaders! All things are yours, whether Paul orApollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future—all are yours, and you are of Christ, and Christ is of God. 1 Corinthians 3:21-23For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function,so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. Romans 12:4-5
Kris Vallotton: "I am saddened by the anti-church movement that is being propagated by Christians. It is somehow tied to the type of "grace of God" teaching that has no value for personal responsibility, accountability and discipline.This movement ignores much of the teaching of Jesus. For example,the parable of the talents, where people were reward or punishedaccording to THEIR faithful labor. It also seems to forget that we arecommanded to make disciples not convert people to Christianity. Thisteaching makes no place for fathers, mothers or authority, yet thetheme of the entire Bible is family. Our heavenly FATHER is lookingfor a bride for His SON, which ultimately climaxes in a wedding.Hebrews 12 tells that the difference between sons and bastards istheir ability to receive discipline.You can throw the family out the door because someone misusedtheir authority in your life but you will just be cohabiting and calling it acovenant. This grieves the heart of the Father and brings me to tears."
Rich OliverHere is the question that separates the religious fromthe righteous: Do you see God as your heavenlyFather, your Papa? A religious person will hesitate torespond, scandalized by the thought that he canspeak of the Almighty in such familiar terms. Then averse will come to mind and he will say, “I wouldrather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God…” Areligious person is content to be nothing more than aservant, and thus they miss the best thing of all.
There are only two kinds of people in the world:sons and orphans. Which are you? The devil’s desireis to have you so confused about your identity thatyou will relate to God in any way except as a son. Areligious person will usually relate to God as aMaster, but Jesus came to reveal the Father.Perhaps you left the pig trough with a preparedspeech that began, “make me like one of your hiredhands” (Lk 15:19). God is not interested in thatspeech! He is not recruiting servants; He wantssons! Like the prodigal, you may see yourself as nomore than a servant, but God sees you as a son(Rms 8:15, Gal 4:6). Don’t argue with your Father!
It’s Time to Grow Up! God wants us to grow up, to know the whole truth and tell it in love—like Christ ineverything. We take our lead from Christ, whois the source of everything we do. He keeps us in step with each other. His very breath and blood flow through us, nourishing us so thatwe will grow up healthy in God, robust in love. Ephesians 4:15-16
I belong, I belong to youSong by Kathryn Scott
We’re going to make it more and more compellingfor all of us to lower our walls and join in the family!