You Belong in the Family

Family-Portrait-ThumbnailThis weekend at Eastbrook Church we began a new four-week series entitled “Family Portrait.”

My message this weekend focused on understanding God’s people as a family adopted as children of God through Jesus Christ. I built the message chiefly around Matthew 12:46-50, Galatians 3:26-29 and Revelation 7:9-10.

You can listen to my message at the Eastbrook web-site here. You can also follow the RSS feed for Eastbrook sermons or follow Eastbrook Church on Twitter or Facebook. The message outline is included below:

Family Beginnings

  • Family at creation (Genesis 4)
  • Family in Torah (Deuteronomy 6:6-9)
  • Family: a calling from God, not merely self-fulfillment or a moral expectation

Jesus’ Radical Family (Matthew 12:46-50)

  • Jesus’ physical family
  • Jesus’ radical opening of the definition of family
  • Jesus’ family and the will of God
  • Family: a community of those who do the will of God

The Early Church as a Family

  • Paul and singleness (1 Corinthians 7:1-16)
  • The expectation of intergenerational community (1 Timothy 5:1-16;
  • The radical opening through Jesus (Galatians 3:26-29)
  • Family: those adopted by God through Jesus Christ

God’s Multi-Everything Family (Revelation 7:9-10)

  • The radical welcome of God’s family
  • The diversity of God’s family
  • Family: a multi-everything expression of God’s mission in Jesus Christ

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